Well, this is it everyone – only one week to go until the big day!!
How’s the Christmas shopping going? I reckon I’m about halfway there…I’ve virtually finished buying for Richard, and he is always my biggest challenge, so achieving that at this stage in December feels like a bit of a victory. I think I’ve missed the boat with online shopping now, so I think I’ll have to face the crowds and queues on the last shopping weekend! I tried to get a sneaky shop in last night – but once I’d joined the queue with a basket full of shopping, I realised I’d left my purse at home…so I think I’ll take a lesson from that and stick to my original weekend plan.
We had our annual Briars Christmas party last Friday night, and it was fantastic – so nice to see everybody out of their scrubs and into their party gear! 24 of us took over the dance floor at a local hotel to party out the year in style – sparkly hats, plenty of vino, and the occasional dance off – what more could you ask for!?
Having a Christmas party is a really lovely tradition – I think it’s the perfect way to celebrate the success of the year, and to enjoy each other’s company outside of work. Christmas, to me, is made by these little traditions. One of my favourite traditions, albeit a bit of a weird one – is the collection of the Christmas turkey. It’s a tradition that must be verging on 20 years old (correct me if I’m wrong Mum) – and it basically involves me and my Mum arriving at M&S at 7am on Christmas Eve to pick up our pre-ordered turkey. I realise that to most people, this doesn’t sound like the most exciting trip out – but to us, it’s the start of a very exciting 3 days. We crank up the Christmas tunes on the way to town, make a quick list of all the last minute bits we really don’t need, but ought to have just in case, and we head for the shop. In years gone by, we used to compete to be the first in the queue (don’t judge us, it’s in our nature to be competitive for no reason at all) – but now M&S has a thousand different entrances, it’s a bit more of a free for all. I am still always first in line for the turkey though. No one’s taking that away from me. The tradition has evolved to now include a bacon sandwich – which has helped me through the years where I’ve needed to go to work straight after!
I don’t know if there are any weirder traditions out there…if you’ve got any, I’d love to hear them! I always like hearing about what people do on Christmas day – traditions seem to really vary from family to family. We were never allowed downstairs until we were washed and dressed when I was living at home – my brother, sister and I would open our stockings all together, get dressed, and then head down to see if Santa had been. I broke that tradition when I moved into my own house – pyjamas have been known to stay on until past midday…but I guess that’s the beauty of being just the two of us! Next year will be a completely different story! 🙂
As this will be my last blog of 2018, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and would like to send out a huge thank you for supporting the blog for the past 5 months!
I hope you all have a fantastic time over the next couple of weeks – enjoy the festivities, wherever you are!
Amy xBack to blog
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