This Christmas is going to be a strange one. For years, we have been round at my brother’s house, together with mum and dad, and my sister-in-law’s parents. Even when dad was in a nursing home, we would manage to get him to my brother’s for Christmas dinner – on a couple of years, mum and I even had two Christmas dinners – an early one at 12 at the nursing home, and then a late one, mid-afternoon at my brother’s.
When my dad died, it was very early in the year, so even though he was missed, we had a full year to get used to the idea of Christmas without him.
However, in the last few months, we have lost both mum and my sister-in-law’s father, and when we came to discuss Christmas plans, none of us had the heart for a “family” Christmas without them. As a result, I will be spending Christmas at home for the first time since I moved here.
It doesn’t bother me too much, as even if I end up spending Christmas day on my own, then there will be plenty of opportunities to see various folk over the holiday period. However, I’m making sure I have enough food so that if I end up with last minute visitors (which is quite possible), we aren’t going to starve!