With little children Christmas is all about Santa and presents and tinsel and lights. When you might have grown up children it appears it is primarily about logistics.
This 12 months we’ve been really blessed by having the ability to spend time with all of our huge children, we even managed to eat a Boxing Day Christmas dinner collectively. It took the association abilities of Norbert Dentressangle, however we did it.
We at all times knew this may come, however with each of our present 18 12 months olds working half time within the service business, a 23 12 months outdated in full time work and Christmas week social gathering mode, plus a 20 12 months outdated uni pupil, then add on two different units of fogeys needing a share of the younger individuals’s time, this 12 months was the 12 months it received tough.
We needed to prepare, re-arrange after which with half an hour to spare and the meat already resting, we had been nonetheless 2 lacking and beginning to assume it won’t occur. But they made it.
The meal was good, regardless of a scarcity of plain flour leading to Yorkshire puddings you might have iced and referred to as Gateau, but it surely solely added to the occasion. The vital factor was that we had been all there. As many people who might be. We will at all times have an empty chair, and in lots of ways in which makes it extra vital to get everybody else collectively.
When your kids are small you’re happy with each first. That does not go away. What I used to be proudest of was that our four younger individuals all retired again to the eldest’s for an impromptu late evening drink. Together
Being a teenager right this moment is difficult work, and ours have been by means of greater than most. Packing all of them off to go for a drink collectively is one thing I at all times imagined as they grew up, one thing we virtually misplaced completely, and one thing that made my Christmas.
We miss Elspeth, we at all times will, and this 12 months her father has taken it very very exhausting, however our younger individuals are all again on monitor and forging forward with their lives, and they’re all mates. And that is the best present I might have hoped for.
I hope your Christmas was a very good one, and you’ve got had many smiles.