It’s the start of December and it feels like a light switch has gone on, a ramp up to make the days brighter as we head to the big day of the year. Normally there is a gradual build up and here in Edinburgh there are establishments that light up there entrances from October which typically get a shake of my head. Working from home and staying away from the town has stopped me from being that frog who doesn’t notice the gradual build up of heat in the pan. All of a sudden it’s here and bang we are on the count down, the radio is now in open season as the annual songs get played and Whamageddon begins (you get a free pass surely if you heard Last Christmas in November). My email is a constant fight, I’ve had no end of last chances to buy something, as it grows and grows. How many ‘really this is your last chance really’ emails can I get.
As I visited various blogs over the last few days several celebrating thanksgiving It’s made me pause for thought about where we are heading this year and what might be. A single advent candle got lit yesterday, normally we have two, one for each boy. It’s absence marking that there are one three of us at the table each night. This advent our eldest son is at university which is another change to our cycle of tradition. We have a wooden tree, that we’ve been bringing out since he was two. It’s obviously seen lots of chocolate, little toys and tiny bits of Lego. One year I distributed a Lego Christmas scene across the days so it got built up gradually. Latterly we divided it up by four in a kind of lucky dip, where favours, little notes were to be shared if you got that day. This year it’s just back to chocolate….and I guess it will change again. As I hopefully grow older and wiser I’m starting to learn to take each year as they come and enjoy them for what they are.
A football/soccer match to get out the way, whilst I deal with messages (heading to the shop and the library) is the plan this morning. Then my fifteen year old, son and I are off to get the Christmas tree from the community woodland and his mums Christmas present. He’s after a wood block that he’s going to turn into a bowl using the school lathe. So bit of an adventure today.
I’m starting to think about the food over the holiday week and there are certain things that I’m looking forward to such as a cured salmon that we eek out our lunches over the break. A trifle which to be honest I would have every other day if I could in the same way my wife would choose a crumble. We typically though save the trifle for Christmas and it marks a special time, it brings back memories of my grandma’s buffet table. It’s also something that my mum taught me how to make. My plan is to write this up this weekend….for some reason my writing has been blocked by a simple task and I need to break through.
On that note it’s time to get the jobs underway, thank you for the coffee and I’ll be round later.
The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.