Getting ready for Christmas

It was the shortest day of the year yesterday. Also known as the winter solstice, when the rebirth of the sun is celebrated in places like Stonehenge. I have lots to do today. We are driving to Wales for the weekend, but before that there is a small matter of getting ready for Christmas. Today is going to be one of the busiest days of the calendar, both for shopping and travelling.

I listen to the radio as I make my breakfast. People have already started their shopping to avoid the crowds. I need to get a move on. I decide to try out the new supermarket near us. As I park my car, I hear that a woman was stabbed to death in the same supermarket but different branch the day before. They do not say the reason for the killing.

I need to get the ingredients for Christmas lunch. I get most of the things I need but cannot find a few items. I do not have time to go to another shop. I will ask my brother-in-law to get the rest.

It is an unusually warm day for December. My front garden could do with a bit of tidying up. The last few stray leaves have fallen since my gardener last visited. If I don’t clear them, the leaves will damage the grass. I blow them away as fast as I can. My young neighbour comes over. I haven’t see her for awhile. A young glamorous lady who today looks a bit tired and weary. She is also in the midst of a busy day. We exchange pleasantries and catch up.

After a quick shower and lunch, my next stop is the hairdressers. It gives me just enough time to sit down, relax and enjoy being pampered. Now I need to pick up Lakshmi before visiting my old and current neighbours. Hilda is not well, her son in law tells me over the phone. I hope she gets better soon. It has been a few months since I have seen or spoken to her. It is unlike her to spend time in bed. I hope it is nothing serious. I will have to try again after Christmas. Two more visits. Lakshmi is a little bit shy at first and then enjoys the visits. They are also pleased to see her.

Back home, I still need to pack and get ready. Soon everyone arrives and we set off. It is late for the little one. She is tired but cannot sleep. As we reach her grandparents place around one in the morning she wakes up and cries. Soon she is giggling away excitedly as she sees Alfie. Alfie is excited to see us as well. It is Louise’s and Gwynn’s turn to look after her now. I must remember not to interfere. Lakshmi is only too happy to see them and is going to be spoilt rotten this weekend and she is going to love every moment of it.

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