Aunty Nelly’s Christmas message
Our queen of advice has some top tips for a stress-free festive season
Christmas is coming! Is it just me who feels like hiding under the stairs with a pink gin?!
Every TV chef has advice on doing something exciting with veg – and I can think of far more interesting places for them to shove their spuds than in the oven!
Remember, Christmas dinner’s just one meal. Does it matter if the mince pies are shop-bought? Does it heck! Nobody notices, except that snooty neighbour – and who likes her anyway?
The average family’s expected to spend over £800 this Christmas. Crikey!
People put themselves under such strain. Let’s be kind but don’t overspend on gifts. Sit down with the kids and explain that presents cost money!
It’s what I did as a single mum with my daughter. She turned 23 this year, grew up knowing I had a budget. It made her appreciate gifts so much more.
What matters at Christmas is getting families and friends together. Reminisce about when Aunty Brenda got so drunk on sherry she threw up in Uncle Tony’s lap. Or when your brother got the remote-control car of his dreams, but it came without batteries so he sat sulking all Christmas!
Remember loved ones no longer here. I always pour my dad a Scotch, and light a candle beside his picture. Sounds daft, but it’s as if he’s still with us.
We should also raise a glass to those away from home, doing their duty at Christmas, such as the Emergency Services or those in our Armed Forces. Thank you, you lovely lot!
I wish you all a truly magical Christmas – or whatever you celebrate in your life! Lets hope for peace in this world and a happy and prosperous 2019 for us all! Auntylove Nelly x