Here we are once again, with Christmas more or less wrapped up for another year. It arrives in just a few days and will disappear just as quickly.
It’s not quite the Christmas that I had planned, as I am in Tier 4 and currently the Irish ports are closed so I’ll be staying put in London for now. To be fair though, it’s not the Christmas that many of us had planned but we will carry on regardless.
Christmas, just like the rest of the year, will be an exercise in putting a brave face on it and getting through it as best we can!
That said, there are still ways to have a good time and enjoy yourself. For me, I have been indulging in Christmas movies, eating lots of non-festive food I wouldn’t normally eat like homemade pizza with a nice glass of red, listening to my festive jazz albums and having Zoom Christmas drinks meet-ups (one of those went on until 3am – I am saying nothing more about it than that! Mostly because I can’t remember any more than that!)
I have also been spending time reminiscing about Christmas’ past and all the lovely times shared with friends and family in times gone by. I then received a blast from the past in the form of a picture of me as an elf from my days when I was an actor with my own theatre company over in Northern Ireland and we did a Theatre In Education touring production of the Elves and The Shoemaker to schools all over the Provence.
This picture was from the show and we used it as the cover over our theatre company Christmas card that year. It arrived as an attachment on my phone after the very late night Zoom drinks call mentioned earlier! It was hilarious to see it again after all these years (it is quite literally from half my life ago!) and that was what got me started on my trip down memory lane. Like Ebeneezer Scrooge, I have been travelling the dark and dimly lit corridors of my memory and illuminating the gloom of a terrible year with happy thoughts and memories like the one of me as an elf! I wouldn’t ever normally show a pic like this publicly but I think we all need it this year! Lol.
Go on, treat yourself to a trip down memory lane, it could just remind you of something you had long forgotten that will remind you that the rhythm of life will invariably mean that whilst there are some bad times, there will always be some good times too.
That is my Christmas wish for all of you this year, that you are able to hold on to that and remember that no matter how rough the storms that come our way, there will also, eventually, be good times and sunshine along this path that is life too.
I have been distracting myself from the fact that I cannot go home by wrapping gifts anyway. I had forethought to order most of my gifts to be sent directly to Northern Ireland (thank you QVC). When I was last home caring for mum, I also managed to wrap all of the ones that had arrived by then, so thankfully lots of gifts are already there, wrapped and ready to go.
However, I have some gifts still here with me in London that I have purchased since I was last home and so I’ve been normalising things by doing what I would normally do around this time and wrapping them all up and putting them under the tree. It’s actually been quite fun to do.
We have decided that we are going to have a re-run of Christmas as soon as the pandemic allows and so there will be an opportunity to give out the gifts that I still have here wrapped up. I cannot wait for when that day arrives because it will mean that some form of normality has arrived into our lives at last!
It really has been an exhausting time and indeed a wearying year for all of us. That is why I am contemplating maybe just spending a good portion of the new year snuggled up in bed. Lol.
Well, if that’s your plan too, we have something very special coming up for you on 3rd January but is available on pre-sell on our website from 30th December, so here’s a heads up. Sshhh, don’t tell anyone I told you!
It’s a chance to get a new bed or mattress from Sealy at an incredible Today’s Special Value price.
It’s the Sealy Advantage 1550 Gel Deep Pillowtop Mattress and Divan OR you can just get the mattress on its own if you’d prefer (it’s also at a great Today’s Special Value Price).
This Today’s Special Value is only available to purchase at QVC and incorporates some of the best of Sealy technology:
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With all that technology, you are sure to get a good nights sleep. So let’s start the new year the right way. Well rested and ready for whatever 2021 decides to bring our way!
In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a new year that brings some joy and happiness.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Until next time,