Good morning and Merry Christmas to all you beautiful people! It’s Blogmas day 25, it’s Christmas Day, and I am in the best mood ever!
While a lot of you will be saying goodbye to Blogmas today, I will be staying around (hopefully) for another week before you’re free from my daily emails. It’s been a long time coming, but as I write today to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I can’t help looking back over the Blogmases and days of Christmas past.
As I was saying yesterday, today is going to be a little different to normal. Not least because of covid. It’s the first time in 3 years that we have Granny B joining us for Christmas Day, and we also have Granny H with us too! What actually was most different about waking up this morning was knowing Rachel isn’t just across the hall. It was bizarre yesterday to be cleaning without her. Then not have her bouncing round excitedly urging us to put on It’s A Wonderful Life on DVD for what feels like the 10th year in a row. She wasn’t there to discuss a waking up time, and she didn’t keep me awake with whispered excited giggles across the landing. Instead, by the time this post goes live, she’ll probably be having breakfast to head into the hospital for her shift. But either way, I’m awake.
Whoops… Not very a merry Christmas message…
That’s not a very merry Christmas message though, is it? Well. As I was saying, Granny B is going to be joining us for Christmas Day. She lives less than 5 minutes away, and decided to stay in her own flat for Christmas Eve. So I promised to be awake early to go pick her up. She’s been told no opening presents, or having a sneaky squeeze of the wrapping until I collect her! Back when we first discussed it, Granny told me I had best come pick her up in my Christmas finery in case we bump into anyone else in the fold. Instead, I told her she’d be lucky if I put on decent pyjamas to collect her in! As a result, for a bit of a laugh, I have the below pjs on. Don’t you think I look festive?
In all seriousness, I decided why not? If we see anyone at the fold when I pick her up at 8:30am then hopefully they’ll enjoy my Christmas pyjamas. On the other hand, if we don’t, I’ll be comfy! It’s a win win for me either way!
Some of you may remember last Christmas when it was just the four of us for Christmas Day. It worked well, as it let us see what the new house was like for the day! We got up after 8:30, opened our presents, and somehow managed to run out of time to get dressed before food was ready. No idea how we managed it! But we had a delicious meal, played games, and watched TV. Then we went to bed without too much to drink, and woke up fresh eyed and bushy tailed for Boxing Day fun.
That was the Christmas we went to Scotland. Rachel went direct from her flat in Edinburgh, while the rest of us got the ferry. Christmas in Scotland always seems weird to me; it’s just not our house. But it’s always good fun. Between Christmas Eve drinks at the local bar, and extended family visiting on Boxing Day. It’s almost impossible to not have a merry Christmas! Although Christmas in Scotland always leads to a failed Blogmas in my experience.
Our last Christmas in the old house! Not that we knew it then. It was also the last year we had the two grannies together for Christmas. You wouldn’t have thought it the way those two got along – all the laughing and joking! All round, it was a very merry Christmas. With me and Rachel sharing her room, one granny in the spare room, and the other in mine. Family called in to visit throughout the day, we played some games, and it was just what we love about Christmas.
Now we’re beginning to test my memory – thank goodness for Blogmas posts! Christmas 2016 was in our own house. For some reason I thought we had been in Scotland, but that must have been 2015! 2016 was also the year I first learnt about Blogmas. Can someone take me back in time so I can avoid learning about this fabulous yet stressful tradition?!
Christmas 2015 and further back
I have no real recollection of anything before 2015. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. 2015 was spent in Scotland, and 2014 was our last Christmas with my Uncle Tom. 2014 was a blast. The Scottish side of the family were over, we had Granny B and Granny H, and Uncle Tom joined us for the first and last year. Overall, there were 12 of us, split across 2 rooms, and the banter was off the scale. We drank, ate, played games, sang, everything you could imagine!
But before I leave you all to enjoy your day in whatever way you celebrate, I just wanted to thank you for your continued support over the year. As I said earlier, this isn’t the end of Blogmas 2020 for me. So call back again tomorrow as we continue until 1st January. Then I’ll be hiding in a darkened room to recover! All that’s left to say is
Merry Christmas one and all!
Have a healthy and safe one.
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