Our 10 Great Christmas Traditions:
Christmases in Castle Coop are extremely traditional. Every year the Agent & I celebrate Christmas in exactly the same way.
Our traditional Christmas always involves:
#1. Hunting out the Christmas Decorations by torch-light from the new ‘safe’ place in the attic I find in January and then forget all about during the ensuing year. In the circumstances, the Agent’s sighs are understandable.
#2. Hanging up the baubles while listening to ‘Winter Wonderland‘. (The Agent always puts on ‘Once in Royal David’s City‘ but I fast-forward the ipod as soon as he’s out of the room & put WW on a loop as I like dancing about while I decorate.)
#3. Decorating the Agent’s tree which he chooses with great care, from the Christmas Tree farm nearby:
#4. Wrapping up the presents by a fire which the Agent lights for me in the drawing-room, after he’s spent all day on the telephone trying to contact British Gas because the boiler has broken down:
#5. Untangling the exterior lights for the front of the house (Dutch courage is often required for this task) & then draping the string of bulbs over the wisteria with artistic abandon (an inevitable side effect of all the Dutch courage tots imbibed by both the Agent & me):
#6. Helping to clean & decorate St. Mary’s under the leadership of Trev the Rev & Brown Owl so that it looks simply beautiful for the Carol Service on Christmas Eve:
#7. Over-Eating & Over-Drinking with our dear friends & neighbours to ensure Christmas is properly celebrated by all Castle- Coopians:
#8. Suffering the traditional medical emergency brought on by being totally spoilt (again) by the Agent:
#9. Being felled anew, immediately after coming round, by seeing all the gorgeous Christmas parcels containing candles, scarves, placemats, lavendery lotions & potions, munchies, a coat, a puzzle and a book, given to me by my lovely, kind nearest & dearest!
& finally… Christmas Tradition number 10: Making time to catch up with important global affairs while curled up in front of the fire:
Yours hoping you’ve had a thoroughly festive time full of your own Great Christmas Traditions,