Friday, 20 December 2019
Friday's Fave Five - 20/12/19
Hey it's Friday and I'm here! Time to look back and reflect on the good things from the past week.
This meme is hosted by Susanne over at "Living to Tell the Story". Pop over there to see who else is taking part.
Here are mine:
1. Time with Nathan and his Mummies on Sunday. We spent some time planning for Christmas. We will be spending Christmas with them (from Christmas Eve to Friday) but some of Vicky's family will be joining us for Christmas dinner - we will be 12 plus Nathan. (And a dog!) What a difference a year makes though:
2018 Nathan was not impressed with Father Christmas!
2019 He definitely looked happier to be there!
2. Being relaxed about Christmas. I still have a few things to get out and buy tomorrow and a few jobs to do but I'm not stressing about it. It also may shock a few of you but I haven't (yet) put any decorations up. I will do some of that tomorrow but I won't be putting up a tree. Partly because we will not be here but after we get back Noah and his parents will be coming here. They will be here for a week. Putting up my tree would mean rearranging the furniture in the living room and thus less space for Noah to move around. Their dogs will also be here and they need space too. So this year the tree will stay in the loft. Hubby is very happy about that lol.
3. A hubby who is on my wavelength. Following on from the decision not to put up a tree we have also decided not to buy each other presents. Christmas can be so commercialised and I like to try and remember why we are celebrating. Plus deciding what to give each other ends up being stressful and difficult. We are fortunate to not want for many things and it feels like we are just buying each other something for the sake of it. Therefore we are not buying each other anything and hubby is certainly relieved by this decision.
4. Safe flight for Rory and his parents. They flew to Boston this morning and have arrived safely. They now have a 3 hour coach ride then an hour's drive to Barre in Vermont to celebrate Christmas with his American family. I miss him already but I'm grateful that they decided to start their married life here in the UK. Hopefully he might spend some of the journey like this:
5. Organisational skills. Vicky is quite stressed about the prospect of 12 for Christmas dinner but for me it's just a roast dinner scaled up for a bigger number. Having married into a large family, cooking for large numbers is no longer intimidating for me - provided I have planned ahead. I'm good at thinking through the logistics such as how we will all sit, how much crockery, pans, cutlery food quantities etc we need and planning a time frame. I also take the attitude that, if things don't go to plan or aren't quite right, this is a family event and people should be supportive and not critical.
So it's almost time to start the festivities. I hope that all of you have a lovely time, however you are spending or celebrating Christmas.