Glad tidings we bring to you and your King, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.....
How was your Christmas? I don't like to think that it's already in the past tense, all that effort and expectation has got to be worth a season of goodwill not just a day. But how do you achieve that when Boxing Day sales start at 5am and lure you in for all you didn't get from Father Christmas.
From what I've heard and observed, loads of you enjoyed a local Christmas. With such amazing food available from your local town or your Christmas eve Stroud farmers market
it was easier than ever to enjoy the tastiest Christmas yet.
We had some great local highs this year with presents. Tom loved his handmade leather case, the kids were thrilled with all theirs and I was given a fab selection of local gifts- vouchers for a local massage, lush clothes bought locally and a beautiful make up bag bought at Prema's Christmas fayre.
As for our Christmas dinner, we were in France and I can tell you their weeny turkey wasn't a patch on my 9kilo one I cooked at the beginning of December, their sprouts weren't up to much either.
Very ironically I did find myself in a French supermarket on Christmas eve. Father Christmas needed the obligatory walnuts, (later regretted in airport customs, as the kids stamped on them to get at the nuts) clementines and an ice cream. French towns seem to have the same predicament as our local towns with domineering supermarkets presiding over the demise of independents and the high street.
For High Street sake, make it your new years resolution to shop locally and keep your independents thriving.
...now bring out that figgy pudding.