Day 991 Christmas Eve 2022 🎄🎅🏼🤶🏼♥️

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go…. 🎄🎅🏼🤶🏼

If you have to work anywhere on Christmas Eve, the little gift shop is probably the place to do it!

We’re open from 9.30 until 1pm today then that’s a wrap on all forms of working in 2022. Except maybe some dog behaviour calls. 🙄🐶🐾☎️

Of course I’ve been wide awake since 6am.

We had a lovely Christmas Turkey buffet next door in the Gateside Inn last night. Big slabs of turkey in gravy that just melt in the mouth. Here is my handsome husband and I ready to head in.

I only got about half an hour between work and heading out to freshen up and write last nights blog.

We had a drink at the bar included in our £15 a head package. Check Rachel-two-doors-down’s Christmas jumper!

I fasted for about 19 hours overnight Friday into Saturday. I feel sooooo much better for it. It would also appear I’m a lot less able to gorge on buffet food when it is presented to me. I think I’d have been able to eat twice what I had last night, if I’d tried it a week ago!!

A piece of chocolate fudge cake sent me over the edge though. Sooo full. I was home and tucked up in bed by 8.30pm while the roars of laughter and merriment boom through the bedroom wall. (remember how close the pub is!)

I had moments of sadness where I think that everyone else is enjoying themselves when I am not…. But then I remember that I’m doing what I want to do, what I need to do. Having political chats over dinner does not help my head at all especially when everyone seems to think the opposite from me. I need to distance myself from anything that triggers a negative emotion right now.

Actually….. as I write that… I need to learn to let things that I don’t like, just wash over me.

That is the lesson for today. Hmmmm I knew there was a reason I kept writing this blog. I’ll do me and let you do you. If I see you saying something I don’t agree with I just move on and don’t feel I have to fight that battle. Huh. 🤷🏻‍♀️😆 not saying that will always be easy but I’ll try it. Through gritted teeth maybe…. 😂

Anyway, I’m up, bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for work.

Not gonna lie… I am looking forward to nestivus 😂😂😂

For me, this is what Christmas is all about. Spending time with our loved ones at this special time.

Work was super busy today! Another great Saturday and at 1pm we closed the door and switched the lights off and someone still came in to shop in the dark 😂 by 1.30pm we were done in! We had no Christmas cheer left 😂😂😂

So I’m back home, have hoovered the living room and sun room, put jammie bottoms on and am about to start wrapping some final wee bits and bobs.

We’re gonna have a chilled out Christmas Eve with movies and Christmas party nibbles.

I might be going to church for the Watchnight Service tonight. That’s a huge part of my growing up. We always went to midnight service from when I was 12, as we were all in the church choir.

Sadly Grandad died that very first year I was allowed to go.

Grandad and Nana when they were younger. I feel like he still looked the same when he died.

We came out of the church and all the adults were talking over my head. I remember feeling very small at the time…. And nervous, as I knew there was something very wrong.

There were family members in that church car park that did not go to church….

Grandad had been very busy the week in the run up to Christmas. A family Christmas was his big thing and yet that was the first year we weren’t all going to be together.

He was in bed and got up to go through to the bathroom and Nana heard him hit the bath. He was gone in an instant. A massive heart attack. He was only 56. It was 12.10am on Christmas morning.

(I should say here that this is how I remember it, just in case I got some of that wrong!)

So midnight service means a lot to me.

It does show us that this time of year is difficult for so many. It’s a special time of year that brings out many emotions for people.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas Eve… I hope that Santa is good to you all and that you spend your Christmas exactly the way you want to.

Love to you all ♥️

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️