This part of December always feels bittersweet to me. There's the general hustle and bustle of being busy and preparing for the big day in a week's time. School broke up yesterday which is always a nice feeling, no more office work for me until January 5 2012. Doesn't that sound good! Last day of term is always relaxed, the kids are off timetable and there's carol concerts and final assemblies. The Sixth Form always lay on entertainment for the rest of the school and it always seems to involve them impersonating the teachers and sketches based on whatever reality show is popular at the time. The younger girls love it although they always come out of the hall somewhat overexcited and really noisy! Now I need to crack on with all those jobs I was putting off for when I had a week to myself. And the list of things 'to do' is somewhat longer than I would like!
Christmas was always magical when I was growing up, my parents went totally out of their way to ensure it was a wonderful time even when we were grown up. My mum would be baking for weeks in advance, everyone's favourite foods would be prepared and the kitchen cupboards would be groaning with the amount of food she had cooked. So many happy memories, and so many family traditions that both me and my sister try to keep going even though we now have grown up children of our own (and in her case, grandchildren!). Christmas really was my mum's time of year. Which makes it all the sadder that she lost her fight with cancer just one week before Christmas in 1997. So in memory of my dear Mum, I'm just going to share a Christmas Candle with you this weekend.