Grandmother's birthday on the 24th, evening service, breakfast and lunch at my parents' on the 25th, we provide the snacks for game time, 26th film and food at the in-laws, we provide the sweets and main. 27th collapse in a heap. 30th discussion of wedding decorations with my sisters, 31st end of the year, thankfully just me and Peter, 2nd hopefully getting the keys to our new home, though that is still not definite due to mortgage people dealing with a backlog. Sigh.
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Today (Wednesday 21st) two Father Christmas appointments, tomorrow afternoon a leaving do for the Nursery leader. Then nothing until the late service on Christmas Eve and the early service on Christmas Day. Then six days in bed until New Years Day.
All sorts of people seem to be passing through London so I have a few catch-up meet-ups.
Then I will go via some friends in Gloucestershire to my sister's place in west Wales where my parents and another sister will also be. That could be too much Christmas spirit. I will collapse in a heap when I get home again.
Little Miss JoeP is doing the sensible thing and having a quiet Christmas with a Lord of the Rings marathon.
We will be at Frank's sister's and her partner's place on Christmas day. I don't know of any plans for other days yet. Tomorrow, there will be Christmas shopping g at Sainsbury's and the chopping for the obligatory hering salad.
Post by raspberrybullets on Dec 22, 2016 8:43:15 GMT
24th will be packing and making sure the house in is order. 25th will be flying on a plane then having dinner with the Vietnamese family (probably at like midnight Melbourne time). 26th will be going to the tailor to get measured up for our traditional vietnamese outfits. Somewhere between then and NYE will be a couple days in Mekon Delta, then back to Saigon for NYE and 1st Jan will be the wedding. Then on 2nd collapse in a heap.
The sight filled the northern sky; the imensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and at the bottom edge a profound fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer. ~ Northern Lights
Christmas Eve Mass at 1000 for the folk who don't like to come out in the dark or have family commitments; two Crib Services at 1500 and 1630; 2330 Solemn High with as many twiddly bits as we can manage. Christmas Day 1030 Family mass; midday - begin leave until 0900 New Year's Day by command of the bishop.
I may not have the energy to actually collapse ... I may have just to transmute into a heap like state ...
Retired priest in the Diocese of Baradurbury, Anglican Church of Mordor.
My plans of having a long weekend of intoxicated knitting all to myself were foiled as my sister came to visit my mother (she doesn't come often) so I promised to have Christmas eve dinner with them (ad will be driving to the cottage, so no drinking), then my mother had a minor stroke of some kind a week ago so that requires daughterly stuff and visiting as well, and my dad is also in the area, so we are all going to meet up in Helsinki on Monday with family friends. Plus I am giving my ever-dwindling colleagues a break by volunteering to work on Christmas eve (the big day for most people here).