Phew, another year nearly over and another Christmas survived. Well more than that really. It has been really chilled and enjoyable, no cross words to speak and, as they say, any Christmas you walk away from is a good one.
And if I’ve been quiet lately, blame the prezzies, or rather prezzie — the boxed DVDs of series one to five of Spooks. It’s a quality product that I’ve dipped in and out of over the years and now I’m catching up, about halfway through the 56 hours worth so far.
But the point of this post is to celebrate my inspired gift choices this year, both great and small. To start with, it was me and Mrs P’s wedding anniversary on 23 December. By tradition, we always forget to remember it — or disremembered it as my daughter would have said when she was much younger.
Surprisingly for me, I planned ahead. As it was a special anniversary — ie one with a ‘0’ on the end — I ‘bought’ Mrs P a star. I probably should have plumped for an earth-like planet as somewhere to decamp to when the one we have has coughed up its last coal dust, spat out the final phlegm of oil and the lights go out because London is under 12 feet of flood water.
Putting the Apocalypse behind me on Christmas Day, how is this for inspiration? Being a walker (plus dog) Mrs P is something of a weather anorak, both literally and figuratively, so how good was a Weather Willie? (Oo..er, Missus)
Next, Mrs P likes a glass of wine, so I bought her a few boxes of the stuff. No I didn’t. I bought her a row of vines. The best bit is we have to pick up the produce next summer. The downside is that this will involve contact with the French.
I even got I Lick My Cheese for Ms P who is having the usual house-sharing problems at the moment. She was equally inspired by buying us a turntable to re-live the vinyl long locked away in the garage.
On the whole, a great Christmas. I hope you enjoyed the same. If not, then surely a Happy New Year.