Friday, December 25, 2009
I hope you're all having a good day, and if you are alone or unhappy, I'm sending you some positive thoughts. It is only a day, even if it feels like the world revolves around the 25th of December, and things will all get back to normal very soon.
I'm not alone this year - my son and his significant other are here - but I expect to be next year, when they will go to the in-laws, and I've been wondering what it will be like to be alone on Christmas Day. I've been used to a houseful of guests all my married life and it will be strange to be alone, but I will not become someone else's waif and stray - I am determined about that. I'll still decorate a tree, I'll still have a special meal and, in fact, I'm quite excited about that because I will be able to do a vegetarian lunch for the first time - grumpy meat-eating men have prevented this up till now. Pulling crackers might be hard, unless the dog takes the other end in her teeth. I think I'll concentrate on feeding the birds, and take a long walk with the dog.
I will shun the usual ghastly Christmas TV, except Doctor Who, of course, and instead I will put on my extended Lord of the Rings trilogy, close the curtains, snuggle up by the fire with a hot chocolate and a warm dog. When it's really dark, I will go out and wave to the Moon, and blow a kiss to Orion the Hunter as he marches across the sky - I've got a bit of a crush on him - and I will go to bed and dream of Aragorn and Orion, and heroic times.
And then on Boxing Day I will rejoin normal society and go sale-shopping!