No Christ­mas Day tiffs in prospect this year, says Diane Cooke. She’s look­ing for­ward to a fes­tive sea­son full of fam­ily fun Cheshire Life: De­cem­ber 2018 207

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Last Christ­mas was a dis­as­ter. I had a row with my part­ner be­cause he got fall-down blotto and blah-ed his way through all the Christ­mas TV of­fer­ings, much to Granny’s an­noy­ance.

Then on New Year’s Eve I had a row with my sis­ter be­cause I was fed up of al­ways be­ing the per­son to or­gan­ise Christ­mas and felt the com­pul­sion to voice my feel­ing of in­jus­tice.

Hav­ing done most of the food prepa­ra­tion, on top of house clean­ing etc, I also ended up wash­ing up af­ter din­ner be­cause my dish­washer was bro­ken. I was fum­ing.

So at 11pm on New Year’s Eve I went to bed with a large glass of wine, while my sis­ter wailed that I hated her. That was a tad dra­matic con­sid­er­ing we’ve only ever had two fallings out in over 30 years.

Any­way, thank­fully, we’ve all patched it up now, but I was dread­ing the big event in case it was a re-run of last year.

But then I dis­cov­ered, oh joy of joys, that the whole fam­ily would be in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing my brother and sis­ter-in-law from Mas­sachusetts, plus an­other cou­ple of waifs and strays who are at a loose end. I’m a big be­liever in the more the mer­rier... but not if I’m do­ing all the work.

So when my son, a pro­fes­sional chef, an­nounced re­cently that he would be home for Christ­mas Day and asked me to or­der in a piece of prime grass-reared beef from Dun­ham Massey, I started to re­lax.

Then, when my daugh­ter, who lives and works in Spain, said she, too, would be home to muck in, I came over all emo­tional.

It’s go­ing to be a bit of a squeeze with around 10 of us and I’ll have to re-style the gar­den ta­ble into some­thing suit­ably fes­tive, but for the first Christ­mas in a long time I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.

I hope yours is equally fab­u­lous. Have a good one!

“Hav­ing done most of the food prepa­ra­tion, house clean­ing etc, I also ended up wash­ing up af­ter din­ner. I was fum­ing”

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