Happy Christmas and every good wish for 2019


I remember writing somewhat smugly, this time last year, that I was bang up to date with wrapping all the presents, and writing all my cards. Clearly it was a fluke as this year I’m lagging behind! It’s not to say I haven’t got all the gifts – because I’ve been collecting them since the middle of the summer – it’s just that I don’t seem to have had enough time to gather all the things together in one place for wrapping.

The other thing is that Colin has just finished decorating our bedroom, which I have to say looks fab, but there hasn’t been a room in the house that’s been without tools, paper, pasting tables and paint for about a fortnight! But you know what struck me as I sat down to write to you was that on this day six years ago, we moved into this house, and had just five days in which to unpack, get a tree, festively decorate the rooms, make up the beds and welcome all the family to us for Christmas Day! And we did, so if I know I can do that, I should really stop stressing! 🙂

It was so good to hear from you, and to catch up on all your news, and I have to thank you for ALL the comments and support this year. It’s lovely to see the ‘Army’ pulling together over Una’s news too – just the perfect finish to what has been a pretty good year! Finding a few more of you on Instagram and Twitter has also meant I can finally put faces to the names, and I must thank you also for the beautiful Christmas cards you’ve sent to me at the Q. I’m posting yours out today.

I’ve been so chuffed not to have any surgery this year, but I have been struggling with ongoing and unexplained pain in my lower back, neck and now my left shoulder, so my oncologist sent me for a full body MRI scan. Although she said she felt fairly sure there would be no spread of the cancer, I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous, and I begin playing the ‘what if’ games in my head. As it was such an extensive scan it took a full hour but luckily I had a kind of weighted cage thing over my body and even my head, so it made it a little easier to lie still for that time.

I finally got the results through today, and am so relieved that there’s no evidence of bone metastases in my spine, just continuing degeneration of the discs, which I may have had anyway with old age, but which has been exacerbated by the cancer medication. What with ongoing arthritis and the osteoporosis I’ve had for the last three years, I sometimes feel I’m getting old before my time, but I never forget how lucky I am to still be here, albeit a little creaky these days.

I had a wonderful day last week with Lucy and Honey, where we beetled about, bought Christmas presents, and had a bit of fun, and that’s what makes me happy. But I know that at Christmas it can be harder than any other time of the year for those of you who’ve lost someone you love. The memories make it so much more difficult, and so I very much hope you won’t be alone, and will able to lean on those you love for support.

Publishing my book ‘A New Kind of Normal’ brought the last seven years of my life into sharp perspective, and I’m very glad that I went ahead and self-published so that I can begin 2019 with that ‘chapter’ of my life literally behind me. That’s not to say I haven’t really enjoyed the whole process – the interviews, the social media, and the fabulous reviews – but it’s time to move on. Maybe I’ll write a novel next year? 🙂

But of course before we get there, I’ve a few more days at the Q, and a crazily large number of family and friends to see! Wednesday night we’re off to the O2 to see the band Chic with Colin’s daughter Vicky and her fiancée Lewis who have treated us! On Thursday I’m looking forward to being with my fellow presenters at the annual QVC lunch, but I’ll have to make sure not to eat too many bread rolls as Colin and I are then having dinner in a Peruvian restaurant with my Australian niece Clare and her husband Cale, and my nephew James and his girly Emelia!

Friday sees us in Bournemouth with my friend Colette and her husband Dave. She was my manicurist and only ever used Jessica nail treatments, which as of Tuesday QVC now sell! Apart from enjoying the Christmas market on the seafront, we’re booked in for a spot of curling can you believe?! Never tried it before, but I promise I will take photographic evidence of my efforts 🙂

We’re driving back the following morning in time to host the family Christmas party with all Colin’s children and their partners and my boys too, where we’ll exchange presents, eat far too much, and play daft games until the wee small hours. I will be back for my last shows before Christmas on Sunday the 23rd at 7pm with Laurie Wickwire, for a fabulous collection of diamond jewellery, and then at 8pm with the more practical, but equally popular brand SBC!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we’ll be with Lucy, Sam, Jack and Honey and then I have a Boxing Day treat for you at 7pm with a full hour of Denim and Co., all at sale prices! To be fair, the star of the day will be the Emu TSV Stinger Mini Water Resistant Sheepskin boot in a choice of six different colours: midnight blue, mushroom, black, coral, mustard and chestnut (165551). They’re £74.97 – down from last year’s price of £89.96 and would normally be £110!

I find this low-style boot really easy to wear, and now they have the memory foam inserts they’re even more comfortable. I wore my Emu’s last Saturday when I managed to squeeze in a visit to my mum and Joe. It was our only chance to exchange Christmas presents, as we’re not getting together until the 28th December. Their little tree looks the same each year, but I hadn’t realised that most of the baubles were pre Second World War and had belonged to Joe’s mum. Aren’t they beautiful? I thought I’d also include a photo of our tree this Christmas – it would be rude not to! I know it looks very similar to the one I pictured last year, but I rather like that 🙂

Thank you SO much for your constant support and kindness this year; the blog wouldn’t be worth posting if it wasn’t for you. I hope that your Christmas time will be happy, and that 2019 will bring you all that you wish for.

With my love,



  1. Elaine Sallis December 21, 2018 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely blog as usual. I am so pleased your scan was all ok. We are spending Christmas with Jodie and Tom and the children and Adam will be joining us when he has seen his girls. It will be Sebastian’s first Christmas so very special. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas . Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elaine, and thanks for your good wishes. Happy New Year to you, and I very much hope that you, Jodie and Tom and the children plus Adam and little Sebastian all enjoyed the Christmas break. Thanks for keeping in touch, Love Ali xx

  2. Karen B December 21, 2018 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison lovely blog as ever and lovely tree. Am so very pleased for you that your scan was all clear. Such great news for you. I know what you mean about arthritis, i have it in both my knees and it can at times make you feel old and creaky before your time. We can still stay young at heart though and im sure lovely Honey keeps you young. I must just add that when you were doing a show with Ruth last week you looked so lovely in the purple lace dress. It really suited you. Wishing you and your lovely family a very merry christmas and a happy new year. Have fun x x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

      Dear Karen, apologies for not getting back to you sooner, but I very much hope that you had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Sorry about the arthritis – you’re right it can be debilitating, but I am very lucky as Honey allows to be a child again, and I treasure my time with her. I enjoyed the show with Ruth, and was rather chuffed with the lace dress too! Here’s to more great shows this year. Love Ali xx

  3. angelahuntbatch December 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    hello ali, I would like to wish you and all of ali”s army a very happy christmas and a happy,healthy new year my husband has bought me your bookfor Christmas and I cannot wait to read it! yes we got married a year ago so you may not remember me but I have been with you from your diagnosis indeed you even mentioned me at qvc breast cancer a while back now! sorry not written for a while but I think I mentioned I lost my brother 2years ago and my sister and I are heartbroken so unexpected. but on a happier note she is now a nana and I am a great aunt to harry, my niece had him last February what a blessing he is after so much pain I hope you have a wonderful time with your family ali,see you nextyear, love angela

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Angela, and I hope you and your family enjoyed Christmas, and were able to make some new memories while still remembering your much missed brother… Wonderful to know that your sister is now a Nana and you are great Aunty to Harry. I hope he has a fabulous first birthday in February. Take care and thank you for keeping in touch with me and the Army here on the blog. Love Ali xx

  4. Kathy December 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I am going to buy your book later on, really look forward to reading it.
    And yes please do write a Novel……
    I live about 7 miles from Bournemouth, we don’t go to the town very often i must admit, but some lovely places all around that coastline where we take the dogs who are allowed on the beach at certain times in the year.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, my husband is a chef, so will be working from 7am.. til when ever i see him on both days. Will save him some food. !
    All the best for the New Year hope it brings you continued health and happiness.

    Kathy x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

      Dear Kathy, I do hope you managed to get the book, and that your Christmas was enjoyable, and that your husband enjoyed having you cook for him! I hope that maybe you got to spend New Year together! How wonderful to live so close to the sea – we love our visits to Bournemouth and the beach walks there are excellent. We’re off to Ferndown in a week or so’s time for a friend’s birthday. Happy New Year to you and yours, and many thanks for keeping in touch here. I’ll have a think about that novel…Love Ali xx

  5. Marie December 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali I am so pleased no more cancer was found. My husband Colin has just been diagnosed with stomach cancer so I am now aware of how awful it is to be given that news. We have hope of a cure but there is a long tough road to go down as you well know. You are always so positive I admire you so much you must be an inspiration to so many. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your Colin and lovely family especially that gorgeous little Honey. God bless you and your family.
    Marie xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

      My dear Marie, I am so sorry to know of your husband’s diagnosis, and I am sure this has been a worrying time for you. My mum’s partner Joe received the same news early last year, but after surgery he has made a complete recovery, and is cancer free. He is 85 now. I very much hope that your Colin will be treated swiftly and make a full recovery too. You look after yourself though too, as it is a trying time when you love and worry about someone. Please do keep in touch, and let me know how he gets on . Take care, love Ali xx

  6. Mrs Merche Gardiner December 21, 2018 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to hear from you, so pleased for you that the scan went okay and that everything is fine, what a relief. Your tree looks lovely I do so enjoy seeing them when they are lit up and twinkle in the dark, that’s what Christmas is all about. Have a wonderful time with your family and a Happy and Healthy 2019!

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Merche, yes the scan result was a huge relief thank you and meant that I could really enjoy Christmas. I really hope you enjoyed yours too. I am rather loathe to take our tree down, but know that I must at the weekend. I very much hope that 2019 is a good year for you, and thank you for your support here on the blog. Love Alixx

  7. Loraine Plumb December 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali hope you have a great Xmas all of you we were in Bournemouth on Thursday night looking at the lights would love to bump in to you one day so pleased your scan was ok even though the other things are painful as I well know. We had some bad news about Les job a week ago the boss decided to put the business into liquidation 2days before it was being taken over so they were made redundant but then we had better news to say the new boss is still hoping to be up and running in January so at least Les will be able to start earning again and will still be owed 6 years of redundancy and wages holiday etc so we won’t have to use our savings he’s been so bored always likes to be busy .Anyway have a good one and see you on the other side I’m sure it will soon go as usual but looking forward to the time with the family . Happy Xmas and new year healthcare happiness love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine, sadly we didn’t make it to Bournemouth, but are hoping to get there in a couple of weeks. Gosh, that wasn’t the best of news for your Les to get, although I am relieved for him that he’s got work to go back to, and will still get his redundancy and wages so you don’t need to dip into the savings! I hope in spite of that you still managed to have a lovely Christmas, and I’m sending you every good wish for a happy and healthy 2019. Thanks for keeping in touch with me 🙂 Love Ali xx

  8. JENNIFER CANN December 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali i had to have a MRI scan on thursday but i think it was to give me peace of mind as i had a letter the same day to say that it looks has my cancer has gone thank goodness for the NHS as i do not know what i would have done, so i am hoping that 2019 will be a better year for every one

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jennifer, so very pleased for you that your scan also was clear. You’re right, the NHS are wonderful, and I’m so glad you’ve had such great care. I very much hope that 2019 will be a healthy and happy one for you, love Ali xx

  9. Janet Jones December 21, 2018 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali ,
    you do have a busy few days ahead of you , Such a relief your scan was clear and i know what you mean about feeling old before my time . I to have the same ailments as you especially my right knee, probably exacerbated by cancer treatments and cancer meds i am still on. I am young at heart and my grandson certainly helps in that dept.
    My fridge freezer packed in a couple of days ago and i have lost all of the food i had already bought for Christmas fingers crossed a new one will arrive tomorrow and i will have to get all my Christmas food in on Sunday. At least it didn’t happen on Christmas Eve.We are only a small family, but they will come down on Christmas day and probably go home on Boxing Day afternoon as my son has to go to work the next day.
    I am so looking forward to spending time with them .Hope you got my card,

    Happy Christmas Ali enjoy being with your family, love Janet xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

      Dear Janet, I did indeed get your card, and thank you very much for it! Sorry that you too struggle with the aches and pains associated with not just our meds but our age! But I know that your little Alfie keeps you smiling as does Honey. What a nightmare for you with the fridge freezer! I hope that you were insured? I am sure the family thoroughly enjoyed their time with you, and that you were able to relax and enjoy. I hope that 2019 will be a happy and healthy one for you, and thank you very much for keeping in touch last year, With love, Ali xx

  10. Christine December 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali great news about your scan. Like to wish you and your family Merry Christmas and Heathy New Year.

    Take Care X

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

      Christine, apologies for this being a little late, but I very much hope that you enjoyed your Christmas, and I’d like to wish you a truly happy New Year! Take care, love Ali x

  11. Vivien Gore December 21, 2018 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful blog as usual Ali. Heres wishing you all a lovely Christmas a better and painless New Year. My news so far lve been discharged from my surgeon who has done a wonderful job for my reconstruction. I look a lot more normal witch gives me so much confidence l feel free at last. What would we do without these marvellous men. So like you hopefully there’s no more surgery for me. It’s 4 years this month since l started my chemo and look at us now. We are as good as we can get. I have 7 for Christmas dinner this year which is a feat in itself. I’ve not had so many since before l was ill. But lm looking forward to it this year.
    I leave you now hoping that this gives courage to those who are starting there journey just to say hang in there. There is light at the end of the tunnel be brave because we know how you feel lots of luck to you all. Wishing you all health and happiness for Christmas and the New Year god bless. 💕💕💕

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

      Dear Viv that is wonderful news for you, and I’m so glad that it all turned out so well. Fabulous to feel more like your old self, and definitely a boost to the confidence I can imagine. I am sure you made a marvellous job of Christmas dinner , and I very much hope that 2019 will be a happy and healthy one for you.. and as you say, much love and positive thoughts going to anyone treading the same path as us. You will get through it. Love Ali x

  12. Teresa L December 21, 2018 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali so glad to hear that your scan came up clean. I know how you feel with your back as I have the same problem and some days I wonder if I’m going to get to the end. I also stand still for a minute or two and suddenly I can’t move very frightening at times especially if I am out. It has now begun to affect my balance but what can one do you just learn to live with and as you say be thankful for all the good things in life.
    Paul and I are having a quiet Christmas at home with year as we are looking after our friends little dog while they are in Australia.
    Hope you had a good time in Bournemouth we have not been able to get there this year have missed seeing the Christmas lights etc, however our lights in Highcliffe and Christchurch have been lovely.
    Have a fabulous Christmas and a vert happy and healthy New Year.
    Love from Teresa L and Paul xxx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

      Dear Teresa, I am sorry to know how difficult things have been for you with your back, and I understand it’s frightening, especially when it affects your balance! I hope that you and Paul enjoyed your Christmas and that the little dog was easy company. We didn’t make it to Bournemouth, but are hoping to get there in the next fortnight. We’ll have to aim for the lights this year! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2019, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  13. Joanna Downey December 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas Mrs E to you & yours, I’m delighted & relieved to hear your news, discs that degenerate, I see Johnny Depp as ‘The Libertine’, sound awful but nowhere as awful as you dreaded. The vintage decorations on your mum & Joe’s tree are gorgeous, I love Christmas & my decorations are some of my best-loved possessions with all the memories & stories attached to them. I told Etty that the scarlett ribbons I tie on our dining room chairs are older than her mama, just as beautiful, & look as good now as they did on the day I bought them. You sound as busy as ever, I remember your blog about moving into your home & getting ready in just a few days which was very impressive. I wish you a very merry Christmas & would also like to pass on my love & best wishes to Karen Jenkins, a lady I think about frequently. Happy holidays, love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

      Happy New Year Jo, and I hope that you had a good Christmas, which was peaceful, and filled with those you love. I too, like you, have many memories attached to my Christmas Tree decorations, and am hoping that next year little Honey may be with us when I decorate our tree so that I can tell her about some of them. I’d like to give her a few of the knitted ones too. You have such an incredible memory! Fancy remembering my blog about us moving in – I still can’t quite believe we’ve lived here for over six years now. I like you, have thought often of Karen, and I hope that she is coping and has her family with her. Love to you and yours, and thank you for your continued support, not just of me, but of Ali’s Army as a whole. Happy New Year! Ali xx

  14. Linda Finch December 21, 2018 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,so glad your scan was ok but as you say it’s still a worrying time, we’ve had a bit of a troubled time over the last few weeks, before we went on holiday in October with Simon my darling grandson Harry had been feeling a little under the weather, he was loosing weight and generaly feeling washed out all the time. The week we were away I think I noticed it more with seeing him every day ,and to me he was just waisting away in front of me ,I won’t bore you with all the details but the Tuesday after we got home he was rushed into hospital and after loads of tests and scans he was told he had diabetes which as you can imagine was a bit of a shock because no one in either family has this,his sugar levels were 28 and they should have been 4 the doctor said we were very lucky to still have him he was so ill ,but after lots of treatment and loads more tests he is doing really well, he’s taken to doing his insulin injections very well ,he’s just had is check up and the doctor is really pleased with him ,to suddenly be diagnosed with this at 15 is a big thing.We will be spending Christmas at Simons so that will be nice ,I really hope you enjoy your Christmas and at some point able to grab a sit down with your feet up but if your like me I love all the hustle and bustle of having lots of people around, hope I’ve not board you too much ,love to you both xxx🎄🎅🎉🎉 Linda F xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

      My dear Linda, gosh what a shock about your Harry! So very frightening, especially with the weight loss and general fatigue. And only 15 years old… So relieved that he’s taken well to the insulin, and that the doctors are across it all, and he is managing it so very well. I’m hoping that he’s was feeling much better for Christmas, and that you managed to spend it with your family, and rest with Simon and Harry. I did get a chance to rest, as Lucy bless her did all the cooking! We had a lovely day. Wishing you and yours a truly happy and healthy 2019 and thank you for all your lovely comments here on the blog this last year. Love Ali xx

  15. Judith Lennon December 22, 2018 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Another lovely blog from you. This year has had many ups and downs from everyone here on the blog. Christmas is not only a joyful time but it can be a sad one also for all sorts of reasons. I hope all your family have a wonderful time with many happy and healthy times ahead in the new year. Hearing the news of your scan must end 2018 for you with a wonderful feeling. To everyone on this blog I wish you the same. Take care and enjoy. Sending love and hugs as always. Judith xx😀🎄

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, I very much hope you had a happy Christmas, and spent it with those you love, and that this new year will bring you more of the same. I completely agree with you though when remembering those who have lost someone, and I know from the blog, that it will have been a struggle for quite a few. I was lucky, and continue to be, and I hope that 2019 will be a positive and healthy one for us all. Thank you for keeping in touch with me, love Ali xx

  16. Hilary Patterson December 22, 2018 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    So pleased your scan was clear, I would like to wish you and Colin and all your family A Very Happy Christmas and Health and Happiness for 2019 xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

      Dear Hilary, thank you very much for your kind words. I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas, and that this new year will bring you all that makes you happy. Love Ali xx

  17. Heather Simpson December 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Have a lovely Christmas Ali with all of your family. I hope 2019 is a very happy and healthy year for you, my favourite presenter!

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Heather! Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I hope that this new year will be a happy and healthy one for you too! Love Ali xx

  18. Tricia Coulsonwood December 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Ali to you & Colin and all your family & friends..
    Also to all your followers .
    Wishing you all a happy& healthy 2019.
    Love & best wishes, Tricia Coulson – Wood..

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tricia, lovely to hear from you, and I very much hope that the New Year brings you good health and happiness. It’s great to keep in touch, and thank you for your support. Love Ali xx

  19. Sue Radford December 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    I’m so pleased the results of your deep scan were good – must have been such a relief for you. Yes, it’s understandable you were worried, but Ali, rest assured that little fairy I sent you years ago is still doing it’s job of watching over you, and your family. As for that pesky arthritis aaaargh! – I suffer with that too, but the extra high strength Glucosomine tablets have worked wonders for me. I don’t know if you can take those alongside the medication you’re on, but if you can, give them a try. Just one a day is all you need.

    Well, have a lovely Christmas with your family, and I wish you all good things for 2019. (Can’t believe it was 6yrs ago you moved into lovely new home).

    Best wishes to everyone in Ali’s army.

    Love from Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

      Ooh Sue, thanks for the tip re the Glucosamine.. I’ll have a look and see if I can take it. It would be great to help with my arthritis! You’re right, the little fairy is still making her magic, and thank you for her. 🙂 I very much hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas, and that this new year will be a good one for you. Thank you for your constant support of the Army and the blog. With love to you, Ali xx

  20. Kim December 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas, Ali, to you and your family, and best wishes for 2019! Looking forward to more blogs! x

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Kim, and a very happy New Year to you! So glad you enjoy the blog – a new one will be winging it’s way to you before the end of the week! Love Ali xx

  21. Linda December 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Great blog as usual. Hope you have a great and fun Christmas and New year. See you on qvc very soon. Love to all Linda.

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda, so glad that you enjoyed the blog, and I hope that you had a fab Christmas, and saw the New Year in with style. I’m back on Friday night, and will have a new blog for you then too. Love Ali xx

  22. Mandy December 24, 2018 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! I have just returned from a fab break in Edinburgh & delighted to see your latest blog. So so pleased that your scan is clear!! I am quite sure there are a lot of us that know that awful stomach churning feeling so fabulous you can relax & enjoy Christmas with your nearest & dearest without worrying. I am very jealous you are going to see Chic as I am a big fan of Nile Rodgers- he is so cool isn’t he? I know you will be singing & dancing the night away lol. I have been way behind on preparing for Christmas too & did laugh the other day when Mum shared her thoughts on the matter ” Well Mandy, Christmas is on the same date each year so why you leave it until last minute, I don’t know?” What could I say? Maybe it’s the thrill, I don’t know but she is right lol. Wishing you & your family a very merry Christmas & a happy & healthy new year. Thanks as always for answering all our comments, even though you are one of the presenters who have the most, you take the time to send personal & uplifting replies. Keep leaving your “fairy dust” wherever you go & if you have not been to see Mary Poppins Returns yet, you must go & watch it with Honey- it’s Supicalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!
    Love & Hugs

    Mandy xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

      Happy New Year Mandy. So good to hear from you, and your mum’s comment made me laugh! She’s right, but I am very much like you in the ‘leaving it to the last minute’ league! We had a corking at the Chic concert, and I’ll be filling you in on that and my Christmas in the next blog. I have also been to see Mary Poppins Returns which was superb!!! Colin and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I would very much like Honey to see it too. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas, and that this New Year will bring you all that makes you happy. Thanks for your support here on the blog, Love Ali xx

  23. Loraine Plumb December 27, 2018 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just had the best Xmas present ever Clare and Geoff are going to be parents again a brother or sister for Willa we are so pleased hope your Xmas was lovely love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

      YAY! Wonderful news to start a new year with! I am thrilled for you, Clare, Geoff and little Willa too – the whole family. Thank you for sharing. I know you will have a truly happy new year now. Love Ali xx

  24. martin forbes December 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hope you had a good xnma alison with your family i had aquiet one with the family for lunch myself my mum and and my aunt my mums sister just the four glad it it is allover for another year just to year to get over and that will be it over for another year happy new year when it omes and all the best for 2019 ps hope you got my xmas card got yourd on christmas eve monday gone thank you.

    • Alison Keenan January 2, 2019 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

      Dear Martin, I did indeed get your card, and thank you for it. I am glad mine arrived! It sounds as though you had a nice quiet yet happy Christmas, and I hope that you were able to have some time off work in between that and New Year. Wishing you all the very best for 2019 Martin, love Ali xx

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