A very Happy Christmas to all my readers! I hope the festive season is filled with joy for you.
I will be spending Christmas with my daughter and her family - I have two boisterous grandchildren to keep me occupied! It is a wonderful time for children and always takes me back to my childhood in Ireland. We didn't have a lot of material things but we certainly knew how to enjoy what we did have. My mother made the Christmas cake and the Christmas pudding in November and I can well remember the excitement of watching her mixing in the ingredients. If I close my eyes now I can get that unmistakable whiff of whiskey - a very rare thing in our house as none of my parents drank much alcohol. Us children were allowed to stir the pudding and make a wish - I don't recall what I wished for or if any of my wishes ever came true. More likely I had forgotten about them by the time Christmas arrived. On Christmas night the neighbours came to play cards with my parents and we were allowed to stay up late which was a treat in itself.
I'm not going to say that things were better or worse long ago. We were often told by the older generation that we "never had it so good". Looking back now, I have to smile a little - we didn't even have television until I was a teenager but we listened avidly to the radio. Radio Luxembourg was the station for pop music and innovative quiz shows! I think Christmas is still a very special time and from what I have observed when walking round the city, children are still awed by the lights and the Christmas tree and all the trappings. Long may it last!
God bless you all this Christmas!