All aboard people.
The year is skidding sideways to a spectacular close, through a staggering line up of end of year concerts and presentation days, school fundraisers and festive drinks (and thank you drinks and goodbye drinks and what-the-hell-we-made-it-to-midday-Wednesday drinks). I’m not so much leading the charge really as flailing along behind it, one foot caught in the stirrup and my skirt up over my head.
Not quite the dignified finish to 2015 I had planned.
How is it even December already? Forget the joyful festive baking, hand-drawn cards and heart-warming carols in the park – this year feels like we’re just gunning for the finish line any way we can, jettisoning all extraneous merry-things-to-do in the desperate hope that we will somehow pull it all together for that first squeal of excitement from the kids on Christmas Day.
Look, the tree is up – albeit listing a tad perilously to one side and with a notable lack of decorations on the lower branches (the two-year-old may not think we’ve noticed her snatch-and-grab stealth missions but the baubles found floating in the toilet bowl and posted under cushions for the unwary sitter tells us everything we need to know). The Christmas lights are even on. In a drunken spasmodic flashing kind of way, which says it all really.
But let’s face it, they’re the big ticket items as far as the kids are concerned, stick some tinsel and fairy lights on a tree and they’re over the moon, job well done. It’s only us grown-ups with the soaring expectations that get hung up on the details, like whether or not to give wine to the teachers (always yes) or if it matters that this year’s gingerbread men come in packs of ten (hell no).
And besides, this mad sprint for the finish line holds another sparkling silver lining. It’s bringing us ever closer to the sunny raft of holidays that follow, the bliss of an empty calendar and the promise of the first two weeks of the new year spent camping with the kids, just twenty feet from Tallows Beach in Byron Bay. I will happily race the clock towards that.
So thank you to all you gorgeous ones for your support of my humble blog this year, the awesome community of sassy creative women that I have so loved connecting with both in person and online. I absolutely love writing for this space, I’ve got some big things planned for 2016 and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Until then, however you may be celebrating it, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone. I’m going bauble fishing. See you all next year x
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