I always have a little bit of a last minute twitch over presents and the like and this year is no different. Dh is twitching like mad over tomorrow's menu. Has he got enough carrots? Will there be enough stock cubes? He has made visits to four separate shops today - some of them twice! That's the thing about Christmas when you are a grown up, and moreover a parent. You always strive to make things perfect for the big day, the perfect meal, the perfect presents. Our children appreciate none of this of course. My eldest daughter dropped the bombshell this afternoon that she has changed her mind about what she wants - how typical! (And tough luck I'm afraid, I may try to make everything perfect but I'm no miracle worker.)
I know though, that despite all the worry and planning when we wake tomorrow the children will be overexcited, there will be wrapping paper everywhere and I won't care anymore. It won't matter that there isn't quite enough tin foil or that I could have bought something cheaper had I waited to buy it in the sale. The important thing is that we will all be together, enjoying time as a family. It's something that I've come to appreciate such a lot in recent years. The trimmings, decorations and gifts are all extras.
So with that in mind, I'd like to wish everyone who reads my blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you enjoy the festivities and I'll catch you all in 2014!