here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun…” as the song
goes. Human beings are funny. We all traipse around the shops before
Christmas trying to find the perfect presents for everyone on your shopping list. We hurry home and feeling exhausted, collapse
in a heap and still singing the carols that each shop plays endlessly. I feel really sorry for all the shop
assistants who have to listen to them every day, over and over again.
Later once all the shopping is done, we
spend hours wrapping the presents and writing little cards to friends and
family. Perhaps it is a good thing that
we don’t always see the recipients opening their presents: I’ve often wondered how many of them end up
in a cupboard, or even given to someone else as a birthday present. But I’m always mindful of the old saying ‘It
is better to give, than to receive.’
Once all the present buying is over, our
minds turn to food. Christmas Food! It is totally different to normal food and
we buy enormous quantities of it. I hope
you’re not like me and forget what you’ve bought, because you put it in the
back of a cupboard and promptly forget about it. I think we all buy more food than we actually
need…just in case…you tell yourself. We
order the turkey, make or buy the Christmas Puddings, make or buy the mince
pies and make or buy the traditional Christmas fruit cake with lashings of
brandy poured into it. The house begins
to smell really wonderful…
Every year we trudge across a muddy field,
dig up a Christmas tree and place it in the corner of our sitting room and
every year I promise to replant it in the garden afterwards. Well, it does salve my conscience a little. You
retrieve all the decorations from previous years and whilst listening to yet
more carols, decorate the tree and when it is finished you stand back and
you see the fairy with the squashed nose on the tree? My dog tried to eat her once and I haven’t
the heart to throw her away. See this
fir cone? It was painted gold by my
daughter and this tiny stocking was knitted by my son! Look here’s a paper star with crumpled
points and a miniature book: the poor
tree is sagging under all these precious memories.
suddenly…Christmas is over.
it’s Twelfth Night and the decorations have to come down. Oh, how I wish I could leave them there a
while longer. Would some dire disaster befall me, if I did?
Christmas the long winter would stretch on for ever. Look, the tree is dropping
some needles. Never mind dear tree, once we have planted you in our garden, you’ll
soon be able to stretch your toes again.
Now where did I put all those old cardboard
boxes? And was that really fat fox
creeping around our garden looking for even MORE food?
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!