The prosecco's poured, the fire's aglow and the tree's a-twinkle. The next two days will be quiet: just the three of us keeping warm and eating and drinking festive treats. Joe will actually understand the concept of unwrapping exciting things (just don't mention Father Christmas - yesterday's meeting ended in tears).
It's been a long slog to the finish but we're finally here. We'll venture back out after Boxing Day to visit friends and family but for now: just one big, relieved exhalation. Tonight's meal will be made up of good things - cheeses, pate, nuts, rye bread. No cooking for us this evening. The fat capon awaits tomorrow's Christmas dinner.
I may well post before the New Year but then again I may not. Right now I'm in wind-down mode. No shopping, travelling or planning. Just home comforts. Bliss.
Thank you to everyone who's read the blog during 2014. It's been a tough year in many respects but good things have happened too and it's important not to lose sight of those. I also believe there are many more of those good things to come.
Your supportive comments have been such a help during the difficult times, and I'm truly grateful for them.
I hope you have a magical Christmas with your loved ones. Eat, drink, be merry - and stay warm!