It’s Christmas Eve. The veggies are peeled, the chicken is prepped and stuffed according to my Great-Grandmother’s recipes, a pile of red and white parcels are smothering the Christmas tree skirt, and Kitty is asleep in her cot, dreaming of mince pies and shiny things.
This morning I made two dozen mince pies (not all of which remain), cleaned and tidied the house (a somewhat pointless task with a toddler on the loose, but worth doing for the honour nonetheless), and corralled and folded the laundry from its various drying points around the house.
Our Sunday club put on a brilliant nativity for the Christmas Eve Crib Service, and Kitty reprised her role as ‘smallest star’, perched up on Daddy’s knee on the steps at the back of church for the best view, giggling and clapping her way through the production, and then this evening, lovely friends came to visit, bringing a most interesting and excitingly large box for Kit (unconfirmed reports suggest that even the generous benefactor’s seriously grown up sons were intrigued by the size of said box). Kitty hugged it, and then started to work out that wrapping paper is supposed to come off so it’s been tucked away until the morning.
For the very first time I haven’t finished the Christmas knitting; Kitty’s jumper is minus a sleeve and a half and the shoulders to neck section. A serious assessment at 11.30 on Friday told me that I could either spend Christmas Eve madly knitting and scrape in under the wire, or spend Christmas Eve getting ready for Christmas, and just enjoying my family. Given the option between helping Kitty make shiny ornaments (with a kit from the front of her Waybaloo magazine), curling up to read the Gruffalo (again), and cooking with H while Kitty napped, or knitting frantically, the yarn didn’t stand a chance.
For one, Kitty isn’t going to turn round to me when she’s all grown up and accuse me of ruining Christmas because her jumper was a couple of days late, but she will remember that Mama and Daddy used to read her stories and sing carols and |Christmas songs, and that we all plomped down on the floor to make the most noise with her rattles and shakers, and for another, I really like the yarn, I really like the pattern and I don’t want to rush through the knitting and loose that pleasure, or tinge a jumper with the frustration of deadline knitting.
So my plan for the rest of this evening is a nice long bath and a quiet night with half an ear open for sleigh bells.
H, Kitty and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and we’ll be back in time to wish you a Happy New Year.
May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child
be yours this Christmas