Hello, thank you for popping in to my little blog space. Yesterday was the twelfth (and last) day of Christmas and fortunately, my true love did not send me twelve drummers drumming (or lords a-leaping, depending on which version of the song you know) because goodness only knows where I would have put them if he had, and I'm quite sure the neighbours would have complained about the noise. No, he didn't send me anything at all, which was fine by me because it was time to pack away Christmas. I usually undertake this task reluctantly because I think the house looks so bleak without its festive jollification, but this year I was glad to do it, glad to wrap it up, pack it away and move forward. The decorations were taken down and the tree was chopped up and has gone into the recycling bin -
The Christmas mugs and glasses and the mince pie plates have been taken out of the kitchen dresser and put away -
Of course, if your decorations include a crib set, it seems an awful shame to pack it away before the three wise men arrive at Epiphany. In fact, it seems downright mean to expect them to travel all that way only to find that the stable has disappeared up to the loft! And do you know what? You can legitimately leave it up for the rest of this month! Honestly. If you don't take your Christmas decorations down on Twelfth Night you can quite properly leave them up until Candlemas on 2nd February. I have friends who do this, they take down their trees on 5th January but leave the cribs out until Candlemas.
So, I have bid Christmas "Adieu" and am ready for the New Year. There will be no review of 2015 here, it brought us good things and difficult things and it's too soon for me to think about it with any degree of perspective. The Mathematician returned to university on Sunday, The Teacher and the Best Beloved returned to work on Monday and I returned to work yesterday. Onwards and upwards.
I can't remember the last rain-free day. It's not cold, in fact it's exceptionally mild, but the constantly leaden skies and soggy trouser-bottoms have been dragging me down. On Monday, this appeared at lunchtime, albeit briefly -
Blue sky! I had almost forgotten what it looks like. I really don't think I saw it once during November or December. It put a spring in my step and a smile on my face while it lasted. Onwards and upwards.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x