Christmas As a Learning Project

Or things I never learn over the Christmas period.

  1. It goes so fast. Christmas is over in almost the time it takes to say “Is a mini ironing board an acceptable present for Aged Parent?”
  2. I will always achieve less than ten percent of everything on my to do list.
  3. I will always underestimate (a) The amount of time it takes to be hospitable (b) How shattering being hospitable is.
  4. This does not mean that I don’t enjoy being hospitable.
  5. All talk of Christmas Lunch really just being a large Sunday Roast is nonsense. Despite trying manfully to pare the whole thing back I still end the day feeling something like I imagine the cook felt at the conclusion of one of Henry VIII’s most jolly weddings.
  6. New Year’s Eve could make Pollyanna depressed. Even the dog got upset (Fireworks give him bad nerves)
  7. If chocolate is in the house, I will find it and eat it – almost unconsciously. (Almost)

So bloodied but unbowed, we tick another Christmas off, having discovered, controversially, that a mini ironing board may not have gone down that well with the Kardashians but it makes an old lady with a bad back a very happy. 



  1. January 5, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Mmm, we have that problem with chocolate too. This year I took it all out to the Garage cupboards and shut it away.
    But I still found it.

    • January 5, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Yep, doesn't matter how far away I put it – once it crosses the threshold – that's it.

  2. January 5, 2016 / 9:49 am

    This year we did our darnedest to simplify and calm down Christmas. Even with radical pruning we still felt a bit raddled by the end!

    • January 5, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Exactly the same here. Tried really hard and succeeded in lots of areas but still a bit jiggered. Did feel a bit more under control though.

  3. January 5, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    8. Don't buy mixed nuts, nobody eats them, and nutcrackers rarely work
    9. There will always be at least one Christmas card from someone you cannot identify [this year it was 'Keith and family' – neither of us can think of anyone we know called Keith]
    10. One special bit of Christmas food will always get forgotten [just remembered my Boxing Day Pork Pie, which is carefully wrapped and lurking at the back of the freezer.]
    11. January diets can never begin until all the leftover stuff is eaten up [chocs from the deacons, shortbread from the neighbours…]
    And i love my mini ironing board – so useful

    Happy New Year!!

    • January 5, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      All excellent points. Count me in on all of them. Especially No. 10. Forgot all about a salmon mousse which I would never normally buy and was saving for a treat.

    • January 6, 2016 / 5:59 pm

      All my Christmas food is lingering in the freezer, waiting for my husband's appetite to return.

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