Of course, gifts need to be organised ahead of time but our gift giving tradition is comparably modest and we only exchange gifts with close family. The list of purchases or makes is short. I do all my shopping online because I feel completely paralysed by the overwhelming message to buy and buy some more. I went to Boots today to get a couple of things I needed and I was stunned by aisles upon aisles of "three for two mix & match" special offer presents. I spent a few minutes exploring the selection. The majority seemed to be future school fair tombola items. I can see how one can get sucked into buying though. A set of one hundred eye shadow colours found its way into my hands and I don't even use eye shadow! And no, I didn't buy it.
Our Christmas meal is not complicated and requires little shopping. This year we are having a BBQ with a selection of favourite steak cuts, some seasonal sides and of course pudding. I fancy lemon meringue pie. I also want to buy some cheese. The local cheese monger is one shop I enjoy visiting. The queue is long but merry and new fleeting friendships are formed.
I am off work now and won't have to go back until January. The children are still at school. Double lucky, eh? I am very kind to myself and limit the chores to one hour a day. For the first two days of my holidays, I have been listening to a ghost story and favourite radio programmes. I have enjoyed long walks with Jack and I have spent hours stitching on my big quilt. Tomorrow, Richard and I are planning to buy Wedgewood seconds in a local kitchen shop. There has been a lot of accidental plate smashing lately and we don't have enough dinner plates for our visitors. On Thursday, I am going for a Christmas lunch with my former work colleagues. On Friday, I am having a hair cut. What are you up to? I hope you are enjoying some peace and quiet, too. xx