Sunday, 27 December 2015


The day after Boxing Day in a quiet and mostly slumbering household. A star from Berlin shines out against a sky just becoming light on a mild, damp morning. Birds sing outside, thinking it is Spring. The rhubarb reaches out through rich earth, and spring flowering bulbs creak steadily upwards.

Inside the house all is calm.
The smaller of the two Christmas trees has lurched about a bit since the chocolate teddy bears were removed. There are still a few paper hats, remnants of ribbon, tinsel and wrapping paper on the floor, under furniture and lurking in odd corners. A pair of very small slippers disguised as mice hides under a sofa.
The recycling bins are stuffed to bursting.

Family have come and gone, and come and stayed.
The weeks and weeks of preparation have been worth it, every moment.
Granddaughter explained how sad she felt on Christmas night. She really, really wanted Father Christmas to come back again so that she could see him and say thank you, (well. it was worth a try, wasn't it?).
She really, really wanted to do it all again.
Even I am prepared to do it again, even now, even before the turkey carcass has been dealt with.

I hope your Christmas time is as good.

Happy New Year to you all.


Jee said...

Glad you had a good time. No-one was on form here for various reasons -though bunny was appreciated. Quite glad to have a quiet house now.

Zhoen said...

Mousie slippers? Wow, that's wonderful! And the best christmas trees always lean a bit.

Relatively Retiring said...

Jee: sorry about the lack of form and hope things are better now.

Zhoen: also sheep slippers, but they turned up in time to be taken home.
I think we are all leaning quite a bit.

Elephant's Child said...

How absolutely lovely.
Christmas as it should be, and too rarely is.

Relatively Retiring said...

E.C.: thank you for such a kind comment.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I wish I felt like you. I am glad it is almost over (but feel guilty about that).

Pam said...

Oh, how very lovely! Happy New Year when it comes.

Relatively Retiring said...

Starting Over: thank you for leaving a comment. Guilt seems to be programmed into so many women - we sometimes just can't win.

Pam: I hope you have enjoyed your peaceful time at home. I guess the little ones will be back soon to restore the balance. What a beautiful gift from your son.

Leslee said...

Glad you enjoyed your Christmas family visits. Having a dear little one around certainly brings out the joy at Christmastime. Happy New Year to you and yours!

Relatively Retiring said...

Leslee: thank you, and I hope 2016 will be good to you and yours.