Monday, 21 December 2009

Monday humbug

I'm not sure you want to hear this, but despite multiple attempts at cheering myself up, I'm feeling a little bah humbug at the moment. I've lost the Christmas cheer. It wasn't so bad on Saturday night when we went out for dinner with Boyfriend's family. It was our first proper Christmas celebration as such and was very nice.

I made some mulled cider and mulled apple juice (you can find the recipes here and here) and some warm 'bar nuts', courtesy of Nigella (recipe here).

It was all really yummy.

But then that was it.

We got yet more snow and temperatures plummeted below freezing. Oh yes the flat is all very nicely decorated but I'm starting to wonder whether it was all wasted efforts. Who's going to enjoy it anyway? My mum is meant to be taking the Eurostar tomorrow to come and spend Christmas over here. I can't see how things are going to improve in time. So no nan and no mum over for the holidays. I've never minded my small slightly disfunctional family too much before but this year, I don't know, I feel a little different about it. I'm jealous of all those people who have large families, who know they're going home to days of laughter and fun.

Well at least today's my last day in the office. Thank goodness for that.


Lalabibaby said...

Don't beat yourself up for feeling like that .... even those of us with large families still have the same feelings and the days are not always filled with laughter and fun so please don't be jealous. Enjoy what you have while you have it and don't worry about things that you cannot change. Have a lovely Christmas x

PinkCat said...

Sorry to hear that your plans have also been affected by the failures of flipping Eurostar! I do hope your family will find a way to get to you.

Our Christmasses are also small now as I have no grandparents, aunts, uncles cousins or siblings to spend it with, but we try to get out and about and see lots of nice festive things and that always manages to cheer me up.

Why don't you head out to Waitrose and fill your trolley full of tasty treats. That should help you get your Christmas Mojo back! x

Diane said...

I do hope that your Mum makes it over. Large family gatherings can be filled with dread for some folk - its not all like "The Waltons". I think we set our expectations far too high sometimes at Christmas. Enjoy what you have. XXXXX

The Girl said...

Oh no chickmundo this all doesn't sound very good!

Hopefully the Eurostar will be fixed soon, the man on the telly said they were hoping it would be sorted by 6pm tonight, and then your Mum can whizz over.

Get yourself a glass of mulled cider and some of your bar nuts and just have a bit of a chillax. And the decorations are always good, even if you're the only one that's seen them. And don't forget about us, we've enjoyed seeing your balls of wool wreath and the newspaper one and the snowflakes and the special coffee stirrer star for the top of the tree!

And the people with the large families? They mostly want to kill each other by the end of the first day - I'm already having palpitations at the thought of going round to the boyfriend's parent's, it's going to be like the holiday in France all over again!

Hope you find your festive cheer, maybe it's just a bit frozen with all the recent snow and after a bit of a thaw it'll reappear again.

And it's got to be good that today's your last day at work - woo!!!

Ali said...

Fingers crossed for your Mum making it. And if she doesn't, you'll just have to have a postponed Christmas when you do see her. At the end of the day, it's just a date in the calendar, it will be special when you get together, whenever it is.

And if you need to cheer yourself up, just head to the nearest playground at about 3.30 on Christmas afternoon. The place will be full of over-hyped children who have quite possibly already broken or spoiled at least one present and are being grudgingly supervised by an adult who only agreed to tale them out because anything is better than his flatulent father-in-law. Or his Mother, who has found fault with everything and reduced the second wife to a sobbing messs, clutching the cooking sherry in the utility room.

Feel better now? Other people's Christmases always seem rosy, but seldom are totally.

Felix said...

Your efforts towards a lovely Xmas have been Herculean - the cards, the hampers, all the handmade goodness, the wondrous decorations etc. - and I am not surprised that you felt sad when it seemed temporarily like there wouldn't be a huge host of visitors to enjoy it all. I'm very glad your mum did make it in the end and that it appears your Xmas time was joyous afterall xxx