Today, Warriors of the World, not only am I feeling enveloped in the warm, ethereal glow of the Christmas spirit but I'm also feeling rather nosy! And that is why today I wanted to ask you what your plans are over this season of peace and goodwill to all men (women, children and animals).
Now, I would never ask you something that I wouldn't be prepared to share myself so with that in mind, allow me to tell you what Craigy and are doing over the festivities! It's a little bit different for us this year in that it's the first time in our five years together that we're not spending December 25th with my family in Scotland. Craigy Boy's on helicopter engineer duty on Christmas Day and so we're spending our very first Christmas just the two of us. Now everybody say AAAWWWW!!
The thing is, that's not strictly true. We will spend the first few hours of Christmas morning together all snuggly and buggly in front of a roaring open fire (an imaginary one) and then the day truly begins in earnest! And it's a busy day, I tell ya, but one full of dear friends and, hopefully, an abundance of jolly nice food!
First stop is Christmas dinner and all the trimmings with my beautiful goddaughter Tilly-Mae and her family. I think there will be ten of us in total and Craigy and I are providing the turkey and honey roasted carrots and parsnips. I, the Ginger Warrior, will be attempting my first chocolate yuletide log so wish me luck!
From the Blencowe family household we will then head over to spend a couple of blessed hours with my bestie, Heather "Hezza my Bezza" Lindsay and John and Bonnie and Jessica. I anticipate a relaxing couple of hours of chit chatter and perhaps a cheeky board game or two and I must say, Hezza, that I wouldn't be averse to some of that nice salted caramel fudge that you buy me from Waitrose every now and again. Just getting my order in now. ;)
We will end the day's festivities chez our friends Michelle and Tally a.k.a. Kitty and Coco who are hosting a splendiferous Christmas dinner for friends and family and we have been officially invited to gatecrash at night and mop up the leftovers. Just been you and I, Warriors, I was planning on going with or without the invite but don't tell them I said that.. I can't decide whether the evening will be restful or raucous - depends on the quantity of mulled wine that has been consumed prior to our arrival! I'm gonna hedge my bets, however, and go for the latter option since I'm anticipating much laughter, tomfoolery and the odd flash of a buttock or two. Not mine I hasten to add. I would never expose myself in public.
Then, in the wee hours of the morning, Craigy and I will return to our imaginary open fire, our bellies and hearts full of food and friendship. We will lay down our weary heads for a few hours before making the seven hour car journey to the land that I love and the people that I love. I haven't set foot in Scotland since this very time last year and I simply cannot wait to be in the company of my nearest and dearest.