I know from reading all your lovely blogs that most of you have had lovely Christmas celebrations and I am sure you realised that I was not looking forward to Christmas with my usual passion, however we had a very pleasant weekend. Beth and Max came over Christmas Eve and we all went out for supper which was lovely. Christmas day started for me around 5.30am !! could not sleep so decided that I was as well up and getting on with preparing the turkey that our local butcher had kindly delivered at lunch time on SSaturday. As I stood there rubbing the garlic butter under it's skin etc. I had a sudden thought that it was actually the first time....ever....that I had done a turkey !! well Mum had always done it, and for the last 35 years at least Sarah and John had done all the Christmas dinner preps !! anyway I soon had it basted to perfection....I hoped !!........Mary came over at her usual time and we were soon on our way up to the early morning Christmas service, It is always such a lovely service to be able to greet our friends etc on such a special morning. It is a short service as our minister Rachel has to go to one of her other churches shortly after being out at Box.. Nice we were back home Peter came along and we allowed ourselves to open a few presents which is always exciting....the bulk of them we left till after dinner..........this was a real change for me as it must have been the first Christmas ever that I had not opened our presents around midnight..ever since I was a child Mum and Dad had got me up and allowed me to open gifts and go back to
Once things had been cleared away we got down to the serious business of opening all the exciting parcels..Mary and I are so very lucky and have such kind loving friends. Our gifts are to numerous to mention but I have to say that my gift from Mary has been a real winner...it was a lovely "kindle! reading "book" I just love it already, Thankfully Peter is good at getting all our "teccy" things working for us and before long I was able to start having books downloaded....he also got Mary's new mobile from me all set up for her. The days between Christmas and New Year I always think of as funny days it is difficult to settle at anything. I have been over a few times to see Margaret my sister who has been quite poorly over this period....and now we have only a few hours left of 2011. Mary is sitting knitting and the TV is on in the corner we are watching the surfers and life guards on Bondi Beach in Australia. I will not be staying up this year as has been done most times,....I expect we will have a few wee drinks before Mary goes over home though.... And so dear friends I just have to say a very BIG thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support that you have given me during what has been a very difficult year. What better words can I leave you with than the words said by our late King George V1's
I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.'"
God Bless you all and remember to take every opportunity to LOVE EVERYBODY each and every day throughout 2012