I think we’ve finally cracked Christmas

I think we’ve finally cracked Christmas

Well apart from the decorations.  I don’t seem to have a festive bone in my body.  Give me a bunch of holly, ivy and eucalyptus and you’ll end up with something for burning in the fireplace not putting on the mantel.  Still, I tried.

You see we haven’t spent many Christmases at home — last year it happened accidentally and we just made the best of it, so this year I wanted it to be really special.  And put myself under far too much pressure of course.

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Every day is like Sunday

Especially at Christmas time.

And it was silent and grey as I headed out to the Farmleigh Christmas Market with Smiley, but also calm and mild.  Just right for a relaxing stroll and maybe some last minute shopping.

You see I’m still looking for the perfect present for Smiley.  After all what do you buy for a young adult with very special needs who already has everything that she needs?  And she can’t tell me what she wants either.  I had this half formed idea about her waking up on Christmas Day to find her room transformed into a sparkly grotto as a special surprise, but soon realised that I would not be able to do that without wakening her.  So I’ve been doing a little each day.  Inspired I am not.

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Reasons to be cheerful about Christmas

Okay so I’m doing a bit of cheating here and mashing together two posts, but it does make sense, as you’ll see.  There are lots of reasons to be cheerful and grateful right now, not just because of Christmas, but also a sense of how lucky we are as a family to be living in Ireland, and not Pakistan or Syria, or Ukraine or Sierra Leone or Mexico or any of the other countries where terrible things are being done to ordinary people.  And at last we have a reasonably happy home life too.

We’ve got a year’s supply of chocolate, and I’ve finally got a lamp for the living room, which is helping me to fall in love with my house all over again: it is lovely, but looking after it on top of everything else feels like too much sometimes.

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9 Christmas Gift Ideas you need to know about

Disclosure: I was not asked, paid or influenced in any way to write this post.  

Christmas snuck up on me this year.  I’d swear that Halloween was only last week.  I just can’t keep up, and the days keep passing without a card written or a gift list begun.   I was all set to buy more boring stuff from the usual shops and then a chance post on Facebook reminded me of all the people I know who sell on-line.  And really, it would be a crime to keep them to myself.  So here are nine of my favourites:

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