It’s the 23rd, and all we have to say is: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Looks like it’s finally time for my post – no introduction here, as I’d feel pretty weird writing one for myself. It’s the day before Christmas eve and everything is getting pretty festive at this point. We’ve had posts from a variety of sources, which have covered everything from decorating the tree, to childhood fears, to the particular joys of arguing with family, so for this last official post, I thought I’d keep it short and sweet. So here are three things I tend to do around this time of year:
1. Chocolate coins and oranges
One of the hallmarks of Christmas in our house is a glass bowl filled with chocolate coins and oranges. The coins because who doesn’t want a little bit of chocolate at Christmas, and the oranges because my mother was a firm believer in eating healthily – and thought that if she put the fruit close enough to the sweets, we’d all eventually eat some.
Who doesn’t like to re-read their favourite books? Christmas is one of the few times of year we all get to sit down, put our feet up and take some time to ourselves, and for me that means going over some of my preferred tomes and getting lost in the comfort of it all. A few I regularly get out from the bookshelves are: Daughter of the Forest, by Juliet Marillier, a Celtic historical romance with a touch of magic, Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb, the first in her Farseer Trilogy and one of the books that got me into fantasy, and First Test by Tamora Pierce, an absolute gem of a children’s fantasy book that convinced 11-year-old me that, yes, girls can do anything.
3. Yorkshire pudding
Because yorkshire pudding is my absolute favourite food. Every year I hold a contest with myself to see how many I can eat, and I haven’t lost yet. For reference, the most I’ve ever managed is twenty.
So Merry Christmas one and all – go out, feast and be merry, and we’ll see you lot in 2018!