Christmas Eve by happypat

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is always a favourite day, not so much now when the children are all grown up & flown but I always loved the anticipation, the preparation in the kitchen & filling the stockings.

I still like it but now it's a much quieter day, no milking, no calves or stock to clean out & feed & family mostly far away in NZ & Japan. Thank goodness we still have our daughter & family five miles away although Jack is in Japan this year.

It doesn't take much for us bereft mums & dads to get a bit teary at these times. Christmas can be very happy & joyful but for some just very sad.

I alamost asked a lady in the queue at the bakery for Christmas dinner. She was buying cold turkey & a bit if stuffing for her dinner. Her family were in Devon & abroad so she was going to be on her own. She didn't mind she said but now I'm kicking myself I didn't even ask & I have no idea who she is. Pretty sure she would have said no & I didn't want to think I was offering her charity but I wish I had tried.
Christmas for us means the birth of a child in Bethleham but which ever the way you celebrate have a happy & peaceful Christmas with your nearest & dearest be they be near or far.

Three good things:
1. Disater averted at the last minute, the turkey wouldn't fit in the tin so a quick dash to Tesco but sold out, on to Dunhelm mill & success! For all my posturings about Sunday shopping I was very glad they were open today! I was shocked how busy Tesco was I had to queue to get in, big trolley loads piled with food!
2. Lovely videos from NZ.
3. Michael Buble Christmas album.
This is beautiful! Merry Christmas Pat!
December 24th, 2017  
This is Beautiful, I have 4 kids and only one has flown off on his own. I can definitely understand the flew the nest sadness feeling during holidays when they can't come home... Big hugs to you
December 24th, 2017  
Lovely festive scene!
December 24th, 2017  
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Wishing you a happy Christmas, Pat.
December 24th, 2017  
A lovely scene with the Nativity as the centre piece - I wonder how many of us remember the true meaning of Christmas ! May Peace and happiness be yours and your family this Christmas Time , Pat . xx
December 24th, 2017  
Much happy was and Christmas cheer... have fun with hour loved ones with you and on Skype... xXxX
December 24th, 2017  
a lovely scene Pat and your word brought tears to my eyes. Our children and grandchildren are far away but this year we have travelled a very long way to spend a few days with my husbands parents who are in their 90's. Hope you have a lovely Christmas Day.
December 24th, 2017  
@louannwarren thank you Lou Ann.
December 24th, 2017  
@christinabengephotography thank you so much for your hug, so kind! We have just Skyped our two youngest grandchildren in NZ, they were playing with new robot type trucks. So good to see them on Christmas morning!
December 24th, 2017  
@kwind @gijsje thank you so much & a merry Christmas to you both.
December 24th, 2017  
@beryl Yes indeed but we each celebrate in our own way, it's nice to remember the traditional things though. I went to church tonight & was so good to see it packed for once & great singing Of carols. Have a lovely peaceful day Beryl & a healthier painfree 2018!
December 24th, 2017  
@julzmaioro Yes just Skyped & tomorrow too when we are all here, much happiness to you & all your family Julz!
December 24th, 2017  
Merry Christmas Pat to you and Harry, have a lovely Christmas and New Year
December 24th, 2017  
@cruiser thank you Chris, it's a funny old time isn't it Christmas, always someone you miss but your journey will be much appreciated I'm sure, your parents in law will treasure your time together. Have a wonderful Christmas & im sure you will speak on phone or Skype to family.
December 25th, 2017  
@phil_howcroft Thanks Phil, you too!
December 25th, 2017  
Lovely scene - and how kind of you to think of inviting this lonely lady into your house! Have a very merry Christmas and New Year Pat
December 25th, 2017  
Happy Christmas - Great image!
December 25th, 2017  
Ah Pat I know what you mean.. this was the first Christmas when my George was miles away and not with us... and he was home alone! As my life changes I'm telling myself it's only another day (a special one, but just 24 hours..) and we make our own memories every year. mwah across the miles to you :) Oh - love the shot, by the way!
December 27th, 2017  
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