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Oh, December! What a month you have been, from some wonderful highs to almost the lowest points that you could possibly face. Whilst I’d never truly want to wish my time away, I think I can safely say that I’m pleased to be heading towards the end of the month. Thanking December for the wake-up call it has given but happily waving goodbye to some of the long hours and days that I’ve experienced.
But let’s move on to cheerier thoughts and let me share with you my little loves for December. The last month of the year and also the decade.
This month’s #LittleLoves…
Despite a busy festive month I have managed to read P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. Which has been gracing bookshelves and reading lists for a few years. However, it was whilst searching Amazon for books to add to my Kindle reading wishlist for the New Year that I came across Postscript. The long-awaited follow up to P.S. I Love You. So I thought I’d better read the first book ahead of the new book. An emotional rollercoaster which had me sobbing big fat ugly tears at times.
In years gone by I would purchase the Radio Times and spend my night highlighting all the Christmas TV I’d love to watch. This year after having seen some of the line up announced on social media, I knew it wasn’t worth the expense. That being said I have watched my fair share of Christmas TV. Between Christmas films with the children, alongside Call The Midwife and of course. the festive highlight – Gavin and Stacey.
I did also manage to escape to see Little Women at the cinema on Boxing Day. A last-minute trip which I needed to distract myself from the events of real life. I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. Although I really should have taken tissues with me, I shed tears on more than one occasion.
During a #BlogOnVisits trip to Stoke earlier in the month, we visited the Regent Theatre to watch the Sleeping Beauty pantomime (starring Jonathan Wilkes). Alongside the jokes and slapstick comedy, there was the most amazing lip sync segment that had me in stitches – I hadn’t laughed that much in ages.
Towards the end of last month, I had a bad case of returner’s remorse. After returning a beautiful polka dress from Joanie Clothing. I’d originally bought it to attend the Vuelio #OIAwards19 ceremony where I had been shortlisted in the Best UK Mum Blog category. However, circumstances were that I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony so returned the dress. Something I instantly regretted, so repurchased and managed to give it it’s first airing at my mam’s surprise 60th birthday.
Amongst the chaos of Christmas and ensuring festive birthdays are just as special as those celebrated throughout the year. My brother and I had been arranging for a surprise birthday party for our mam. Being a Christmas Eve baby is hard enough but we couldn’t let her 60th go uncelebrated. Thankfully we managed to pull it off. Although I’m disappointed that some family and friends were unable to attend. But she did have a wonderful evening – and wasn’t too annoyed that we’d planned it behind her back!
Something which I have been thinking about all year is how important it is to be kind to each other. You never really know what is going on in a person’s life. Possibly only the snapshot that you are given, be it on social media, a text message or even at the school gates.
Be kind, always!