Was that December that just flew past me in a blur? I think it was, though it all happened so fast I’m not sure. There seemed to be so much going on last month that it’s taken a few days to digest it all. First there was my birthday on the 1st. It wasn’t a big one, not yet; I’m still clinging on to my thirties, but nevertheless I still like to mark the occasion.
Then there were an endless number of nights out. Everyone feels as though they must catch up before Christmas, as though it is some kind of deadline that cannot be missed. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy a night out, but I went out more times in one month than I had done all year; our baby sitter practically moved in. I had to drive to a few of these nights out so as to avoid a hangover. I can’t do hangovers on school nights any more.
Talking of school, with two children in full time education and one at pre school, there are an endless amount of activities going on throughout the year, december being perhaps the busiest. As it is, I have a calendar which has a column for each of us, plus a spreadsheet (I kid you not) with all the during and after school clubs that they do so that I can keep track. Otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue. In addition is a notice board for the extra activities that get thrown at you. Last month it was all about nativity performances and christmas parties, oh and a Roman day thrown in for good luck.
One mouse costume was all I had to provide (mice played a pivotal role in the nativity story!) thank goodness. My son was dressed up as a shepherd for his in what looked like the entire stock of the pre school tea towel supply. Still it was very cute, and it only lasted ten minutes, which was long enough for a bunch of 3-4 year olds. Next came the parties. One daughter had to bring in her own plate of non-perishable food, which basically translates as sweet and savoury treats and resulted in a hyperactive frenzy of five year olds, charging out of their classroom at pick up time.
We went to see my family for Christmas this year which meant that we had to fit in seeing the other side of the family at some point. We settled on a date in the week before Christmas, as that was the only one we could all do. That was probably the busiest week of the whole month, so perhaps not the best idea on reflection. Still, it was fun and it marked the start of present giving and receiving, which for us then seemed to continue until Christmas Day.
Christmas Day is my son’s birthday. He was four this time and it still doesn’t seem as though we have worked out exactly what to do for his birthday. And I’m still not sure he realises when it is. This year he opened presents on the 19th, both Christmas and birthday, with his auntie and cousins and grandparents. Then he had a party on the 21st and opened more presents. Then on Christmas Day itself, he had presents from his other relatives in addition to his christmas ones. Now I’m convinced that he thinks the whole of that week was devoted to his birthday!
Incidentally, the 21st of December was not only our sons birthday party, it was also our tenth wedding anniversary. We had planned to go out that evening but we were too exhausted after we had tidied up and got the kids to bed. In the week of ‘fitting everything in’ that was the one thing that we didn’t manage to do. But luckily we had anticipated this and had a weekend away in September!
So after all the nights out, parties and festivities I was quite glad to get home and return to normality. This is the first time I have managed to reflect on the month gone by and I can see now why it went so quickly. It is not surprising that we chose to stay in on New Year’s Eve this year and I didn’t mind one bit. In fact it was refreshing to spend New Year’s Day hangover free. I have never gotten so much done on that day before; the decorations came down, the house was tidied, it felt the appropriate thing to do. Time to draw a line under 2012, breathe a sigh of relief that we got through the last month and start to look forward to what 2013 will bring.