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
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”