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  1. Oh Alison you’ve done it again. Sorted out the Christmas Chaos that we ourselves have had a large part of creating. I myself started at Thanksgiving to loosen up the “this must be perfect” control and found that my stress level dipped a bit. Continuing on thru this Christmas time I’ve eased up on my decorating, planning simplier meals and spending a bit more time caring for myself. I actually bought a bottle of nail polish to do my nails which I haven’t done in ages. So I’m finding that turning down the volume on Christmas while still keeping the really important and memorable parts is making me happy. You always post just what I need to hear!

  2. Oh my stars and garters! I never realized that is exactly what I do, I have a tantrum, oh course I have mine quietly and in my head. I’m not sure I’ve done enough or I need to do more. I have met everyone’s expectations or even my own. I also am so over and tired of all the covid rules that just do not make sense. I have cut back and realized I do not need to go over the top and stress myself thinking I need to do more. I just want to watch the tree lights twinkle and remember the reason for this wonderful time of year. So a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for everything you do.

  3. Delightful and oh so accurate as always my dear Alison!! A Merry Christmas to you in case I forget later!! 🎄🤩🎄

  4. Ahhh…I well remember those days. You described it perfectly. It’s a very serious phenomenon and you made it hilariously funny. I had to read it to my dear hubby. We love everything British, including Miranda!

    Viewing Christmas through your British eyes matches my experience in the U.S. Years ago, so I did something different. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit to my post about how I unplugged. https://gailgolden.blogspot.com/2021/12/now-is-time-to-worship.html

    I also relate to your angst over Covid, although we’re not going through nearly as much restriction here in Florida. 2020 and 2021 win the prize for the worst years of my life.

    Thanks for making me have a good belly laugh today.

    Love and blessings,
    GG

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