Dec 24, 2014

Christmas 2014. Here Already.

We're nearly there.  Can you feel it in the air?  

Not an actual photo of this morning's quietness on the M4.  Country roads are much prettier viewing than city motorways.

The almost non existent peak hour traffic,
People lugging around gift bags at work rather than files and laptops,
The cheesy yet awesome mix of carols on the radio,
People wearing tinsel and reindeer ears with pride on the street.

It's going to be Christmas Day tomorrow and it's true, the older you get, the more Christmas becomes about the people and the feelings rather than the gifts.

I've had my last coffee at The Courtside before the girls shut for the Christmas / New Year break. Thanks for the excellent brews this year, ladies.  And the festive Lindor balls.

The last of my paperwork has been done.  Suitably exciting memes have been found for next year's first presentation (to distract from the tedium of my presentation) and I've done my share of the marking for the university.

I don't think there's any fear that we will go hungry over the two whole days that the Coles down the road will be closed but that didn't stop me braving the shops for some emergency provisions for various slow cooker and pasta bake type meals in case we overdose on festive food.  The crowds were already crazy by mid morning yesterday but Westfield were kind enough to put on this strolling jazz trio who weaved their way through the centre leaving sonorously mellow (yeah, that description sort of hit the mark but didn't...)  tones in their wake.

Toddler SSG's tower of gifts have now all been wrapped and stored on the highest available surface in my bedroom.  I'm looking forward to seeing who's taller tomorrow - the toddler or his presents.

And family will be flying in to join us tonight.  Safe travels, no delays and present and correct luggage to all who will be flying over the next few days.

Wherever you may be this Christmas and with whomever you are spending it, may you have a safe and happy day filled with love, cheer and good food.  Don't forget to put your feet up at some point in the day.

But if your break is looking to be more of a reflective one this year, take care and be kind to yourself. Do what you need to do for yourself.  This too will pass and there will be better days ahead.

God speed.


  1. Merry Christmas! Thanks for a great read this year

  2. Merry Christmas to you too! Hope it's fabulous for you all & that everything and everyone arrived from WA. Thankyou for a great year of posts. Den 🌺😃❤🍧🍰

  3. Merry Christmas SSG!
    I wish you All The Best in 2015.

    Holiday Cheers,

  4. xxxxxx merry xmas ssg and family

  5. I hope your Christmas was lovely, peaceful, and full of joy when chaotic:).


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