“”Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.”
Little Women by Louisa M Alcott
“Okay, this is what we’re gong to do,” I ventured, placing each niece in seclusion with a sheet of paper and a pen.
“I want each one of you to write a letter to Father Christmas. Tell him if you’ve been good or not, and write him a list of things you’d like for Christmas.”
For a few blissful minutes they took to their task enthusiastically. The adults breathed a sigh of relief and I padded over to the awaiting kettle.
What angels, I thought … they really aren’t so bad.
I allowed myself a satisfied, tea-anticipating smile.
Just then one of my nieces, pen poised in hand, called out: “Granny! How do you spell ‘iPad’?”
The kettle whistled and the spell was broken.
I tell this story because it reminds me of how precious, surprising and honest life is with children around. I spent Christmas 2017 with my nieces, sis-in-law and Mama ‘up north’ (#Hullaccent). My brother and Hubby left for a fishing trip in Siberia on Christmas night so for a few days it was just us 7 girls – SEVEN!
Needless to say, the kettle worked overtime and innumerable cups of tea where consumed.
Happy New Year. And may 2018 give back everything 2017 took from you.
P.s. Hubby and I had 2 Christmases this year. We had Christmas eve lunch with Hubby’s parents, then drove all the way up to Kingston-upon-Hull to be with my brother, sis-in-law, nieces and Mama. On Christmas night Hubby and my boet drove to Heathrow to catch the 22h00 Aeroflot flight to Siberia to go fishing in the ice #notjoking.
P.p.s. The girls and I watched the latest 3 part series of Little Women on BBC – highly recommended. I took my nieces to see Paddington 2 (2017). We discovered – as suspected – that a feature-length film in a cinema, is just too much for a 13-month-old baba. Also, that Hugh Grant makes a really convincing villain.
P.p.p.s. I read an article recently about working less. You can find this interesting BBC read here.
P.p.p.p.s. What do I want out of 2018? I want to make space to read, reflect and exercise. I want to pick up my French again. I want to be generous with my time and my heart – to see my fiends and spend quality time with my Hubby. I want to laugh more. I want to be well. I want … I want …. We will see.