The deceptiveness of Christmas and New Year.
We count down the days like clockwork and know to the second of when it all is about to begin. A last mad dash through the shops to get those " oh, I mustn't forget so and so " gifts, which are, let's face it, the leftovers of the conscientious shopper. Those, who finish their Christmas shopping in October. Yes, they do exist...
Finally, when Christmas Eve is here and we've put on the stretch pants that we all need over the coming weeks, we start to relax. Relax and eat our way through the mountain of sweets and treats that seem obligatory for this time of year. Not many who can resist that particular lure of homemade Christmas cookies and roast chicken / ham / beef coupled with the knowledge that your house is filled with chocolates, pralines and Lebkuchen!
Usually, by the end of Boxing day we start to lose all sense of time and discipline. A few days in a row with nothing to do except eat, drink and watch movies can do that to you. By the way, it is the best feeling in the world. Staying up late ( or not ) and knowing that the following morning you can sleep in ( or not ) at your leisure.
The end of Christmas isn't bad either because it heralds the next holiday, New Years. The only stressful or worrying thought on the horizon is that your clothes are starting to pinch. Hooray for stretch pants.
Of course Bob is adamant that our washing machine is on the fritz because it shrunk all his clothes.
Even as I write this, I am still not quite sure what weekday it is. Somehow, most days seem like Monday and it is rather nice to realize that in fact it isn't and the weekend is a mere hopscotch away.
Losing all sense of time is a sign of a successful holiday. Thankfully we stayed at home and thus had each and every day of these last few weeks at our disposal. Thank goodness we didn't get bitten by the we need to get away to some other place than home bug. Isn't it ironic that when you pay to go away, far from forgetting what day it is you end up counting down the days until you have to go back home...
Did we do anything industrious? No, we watched movies, we read books, we visited family, we ate too much and most importantly we had a fabulous time being at home together.