Do you have a birthday over the Christmas period?

27.12.2013
It’s my birthday today!

It’s always been my birthday on the 27th December yet, probably due to the excitement around Christmas, so many people forget, including at times members of my own family. It can get annoying to be honest and why for the really big birthdays ( strange phrase really – ain’t all birthdays big, given the alternative! ) I tend to have to do something big, like a party, a trip or a full blown holiday.

The 27th is a bit of a fully day – in the UK, it tends to be the first day back to work after Christmas, it’s the second day of the sales and it tends to be seen as the calm before the build up to the New Year celebrations. We were having an interesting debate a few days back about New Years Eve and whether anyone really enjoys it? The consensus amongst our group was that they preferred New Year’s Day, as it signals a new start, rather than the end of the year that is New Years Eve. What’s your view?

We also thought that the fun around New Years Eve probably goes in cycles – when you’re young, it’s a night of drunken stupor, and when you are older, it’s a time to celebrate with a close set of friends. However, during the middle phase of life, when children are involved, it’s less exciting and probably more of an hassle as you try to juggle child care, taxis etc.

We are certainly in the middle part at the moment and will be for the next 7/8 years, although I’ve got another big birthday coming up in a couple of years so maybe that will bring us an opportunity to celebrate New Year in another culture….

Just starting to plan a trip that will provide many great memories, so open to ideas.

Well, better go and enjoy the rest of my birthday.

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Three sleeps to go…

22.12.13 – only three sleeps until Christmas is with us once again.

A day of final preparation today, last minute shopping (well technically not last minute, given that there is still two days to go) but certainly felt like it was last minute in the city. Lots of people had the same idea as me and all decided to buy things all at the same time, I’m sure, given the lengths of the queues.

Decided to let the train take the strain, rather than drive in. All the carriages needed was a steam train at the front and they would have looked contemporary! They were dreadful, dirty and must have been 40/50 years old. So much for the great British railway!
Arrived at one of the less fashionable stations which I’m glad to say is in the midst of a major rework – not before time I must say!
Looking at the pictures though, it will look pretty impressive when complete.

So the city was busy, the shops were packed, temperatures were soaring (the parents at least) and the language was sometime very rudimentary, but we made it through and after a return journey on a slightly more luxurious train ( very slightly), I eventually settled down with a nice glass of red to watch the final episode of Homeland. What a disappointment! Just when I was expecting a twist in the tail, it just fizzled out! Very unusual for such a franchise, who often leave a tease for the next series.

If there isn’t to be another series, the end was very poor. After some strong story lines, that was a disappointment. We’ll have to wait and see.