How one day can mean so much

Christmas 2014As many of my long-time readers know, I have always loved Christmas. I love the songs, the buzz in the shops, carols by candlelight, houses decorated with lights, Christmas trees and decorations, the sense of community in the air…it truly is a magical time of year. Thankfully, my enthusiasm rubbed off on Aidan who also embraced the holiday season with vigour and last year was one of our best Christmases to date. Yet for the last six years, Christmas has also been bittersweet. Continue reading


Keeping my head in check this festive season

Pic by Bob Smith via SXC.

Pic by Bob Smith via SXC.

So it’s one month until Christmas and I have to admit, I’m really struggling this week. I’d like to blame it on the pregnancy hormones but I know I always get like this before a big occasion. That overwhelming sense of dread sneaks up on me and I truly struggle to fight it off.

I’m very much aware of how I get before birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas, indeed I’ve written about it in this blog before. However, knowing how crazy I get and telling myself that my fears are unfounded doesn’t seem to be helping. Continue reading