Well top of my Christmas list would be a long lie in. A chance to spend a couple of luxurious hours in bed, on my own, by myself; not necessarily sleeping, but just lying there and relaxing. No hot wriggly children kicking my shins. Definitely no snoring husband. Unfortunately, lie ins and Christmas morning are not really compatible. I can't tell the excited children that they have to wait for the presents for a couple of hours so that mummy can catch up on a few years beauty sleep, oh no, so I will take a rain check on that present until later on in the week, when things have calmed down a little when I might just be able to sneak in an extra half an hour if I'm lucky.
Second on my list will be a day of no bickering. This time of year, when the children are not able to go outside as much, they become a little bit like caged animals. They pace around looking for entertainment and sport and often find it in relentless winding up of each other and just lately, R and L have become quite physical and I worry that they might really hurt each other one day. So Christmas Day, I am calling for an amnesty. A day where everyone is nice and kind to each other, speaking softly and gently and enjoying each others company for a change. Those rules of course also apply to me; that is the speaking softly and gently as I don't want to have to shout on Christmas Day.
Finally, although it sounds a little bit on the cheesy side, the thing I'm looking forward to the most is a lovely day with my family, some nice food, lots of play with the new toys and games and being able to forget about work and everything else for a whole day. A perfect family Christmas. I'm kidding myself I realise as it will probably speed by in a blur of wrenching toys from their packaging and finding a shop that's open on Christmas day that sells a whole range of affordable batteries. But we will do our best.
Although, if I do have a fairy godmother, a new dishwasher, a day in a luxury spa and a weekend with David Tennant would be lovely too.
Have a lovely Christmas and I'll see you on the other side.