Thursday, January 11, 2007
By Mark Entwistle
Hoping 2007 holds happiness for all in Holly Springs
Well, that’s it all over for another year.
The decorations have been taken down and packed away and the Christmas tree is now lying in the garden waiting to be chopped up for firewood.
It’s always a bit sad when it comes to Twelfth Night - the traditional time at which Christmas decorations should be taken down.
But once you get started, all you want to do is get the job done as quickly as possible. Because part of the festive season’s enduring appeal is that it is a unique time of year which comes just once every twelve months.
Despite the story that Frank Sinatra kept a fully decorated and illuminated Christmas tree in his home all year round, I’d say it is best not to try and drag the festive season out beyond its traditional period.
In the Entwistle household, we had a great time and Christmas Day was made perfect with a heavy coating of sparkling white frost covering everything in sight.
My wife Ally and I had a full house this year. Along with her parents, we had my mum and dad and their border terrier dog staying with us as well, from Christmas morning until December 27th.
I think this year I realised for the first time that a great deal of Christmas is mainly about the young and the old!
They seem to be the two age groups that enjoy it most. Don’t get me wrong, my wife and I had a fantastic time, but being the ‘generation in the middle’ as it were, much of our festive season was spent making sure the young ’uns and the old ’uns were enjoying themselves.
It was pretty tiring, shuttling back and forward between the kitchen and elsewhere with what seemed like endless cups of tea and coffee, mince pies and turkey sandwiches.
But it was worth it. Growing up, our parents made sure Christmases for us as children were always special and that meant putting us first.
So it is nice nowadays to put our parents at the centre of things, as well as the younger generation, as a way of saying thank you for all those magical times we enjoyed as kids.
When it came to Hogmanay this year - Hogmanay is an old Scots’ word for New Year’s Eve - there was a bit of a first in our family as my wife and I travelled south over the border to the city of Hull in northern England.
We spent the New Year period with friends, with me replete with kilt and sporran for the occasion! A good time was had by all with plenty of malt whisky downed at the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay to welcome in 2007.
But now we need to look ahead and work to make 2007 as good as possible.
And we need to try to stick to those New Year resolutions many of us made - most of which will probably focus on losing weight or trying to give up smoking.
I hope all the readers over in Holly Springs had a great Christmas and let’s hope that 2007 holds health and happiness for us all.
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