Well, I just can't believe it's nearly Christmas! My goodness me I have been really busy, there's so much to do to prepare isn't there? Decorations have just gone up in my flat, it took me the best part of the morning. I've written a list of people to buy for, I'm not very good at where to draw the line, but it's lovely to treat those we care about so it doesn't matter.
I've got to say though I am dreadful at sending Christmas cards – I've not kept up with addresses of old friends but now it's acceptable to send Christmas messages via social media or text, a sad departure from tradition I know.
My family is fairly small so we treat each other to more substantial presents. My mum seems to have a never-ending but extending list of things from QVC – Elemis taking up a large proportion of this. My Dad is more difficult to buy for because every time I ask what he wants he tells me he has everything he wants already. I might look into some sort if experience day for him, good for the chap who has everything.
Which brings me on to Oliver, my brother, he is a metrosexual man who loves his skincare and fragrances – I know exactly what to get for him! My nephew, Mason, is still compiling his list for Santa Claus, he's on his 7th draft. I reminded him that Santa needs to be able to fit down the chimney with the presents and Mason reminded me they have a front door he could use!
His mum (my sister-in-law) is a L'Occitane lover – so that makes life easy. In return I haven't asked Father Christmas for anything, I'm like my Dad – happy with whatever! I won't actually get to see my family this Christmas due to work commitments, I don't want a sympathy vote but I do want you all to savour your time if you are lucky enough to be with your family at Christmas.
When QVC asked me whether my preference was to have time off over Xmas or NY I decided to allow those with their own children choose first because it would mean more to them. Don't worry though, I will be spending New Year with mine and Teddy of course, so all is well.
We know that Christmas doesn't always go to plan in every household and that sometimes there are family disputes, it happens to the best of them. On occasions family members have potential to become intoxicated and a little over zealous in festive spirit but we forgive and forget these antics because better they are there and hard to handle, than not there at all.
Families are so important, they are there through the good times and bad and love you no matter what. Families all have their own problems but let's spare a thought for those that have none.
Wherever you are spending this Christmas please savour the time with loved ones.