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First Christmas Nerves? Moi? Oh Yes!
Top 10 Christmas Wishlist
Member Name: missrarr
Top 10 Christmas Wishlist
Advantages: My first year hosting Christmas for the ones I love
Disadvantages: The nerves that come with it!
Well I've neglected dooyoo in the past week as, finally, the gorgeous Mr Rarr has been able to move in properly and our long distance relationship is now the two of us living together! If anything heralded a week off work then surely that did, so we've been busy and now I've got the urge to write again, so I thought I'd do a little search and see what fellow dooyooers are saying about Christmas and chip in a little thought or two myself.
So here we go with my Christmas wishlist!
No 1 - For it to go well!
So in the past few years I moved to the Midlands leaving poor old Mum in Norfolk. She in time followed me so last Christmas I was lucky enough to have her nearby. I've always spent Christmas with Mum, she's the most important person in the world to me (beating Mr Rarr into a short-head second by a whisker) and we've always just been the two of us. We're very close, but this year for the first time I'm hosting Christmas! With Mr Rarr's family away in Cornwall we are having this year's festivities at Rarr Towers with me, Mr Rarr, Mum and my two greyhounds who live with her due to my work schedule.
I am bricking it. I have already had a trial turkey cooking run which admittedly went well, but can just imagine I'll stuff it up (no pun intended...). I haven't actually got a dining table, but thankfully Mother Rarr is in possession of a van (he goes by the name of Vincent) and is bringing one over the day before! So really it's a big fuss over one day but I have been looking forward to this day for a long time and will be pulling out all the stops to try and make it special for the two people (and two dogs) that I love the most.
No 2 - For 2013 To Bring Good Fortune
With me and Mr Rarr setting out in our lives of domestic bliss together, I hope for no disasters, for no structural crisis with Rarr Towers and for a good first year living together! Meeting him in 2012 made it a very good year but fortunes have been less kind to Mother Rarr as she works in a creative field and recessions tend not to treat them well, so most of all I wish for an improvement of fortunes for her. She's an amazing woman and deserves to do better.
No 3 - To Be Able To Put 2013 To Good Use
I love my job and I'm very lucky to have it but I am equally well aware that I am female and in a commited relationship and whilst I still run a mile when someone's horrible brat starts throwing one in Waitrose, I suppose part of me is starting to admit that one day there is the slightest possibility that I might want a child. One thing I do know is that if I were to become a mother I would no longer want to commute, as commuters are to a man (or woman) miserable bastards (as with Irish jokes, I can say this because I am one) and whilst I would rather not have kids, if I did I would want to raise them with as much personal involvement as possible. On top of this I am quite a creative person and I have several things that I would like to start doing to a professional level - certain crafts, blogs etc - that I recognise I should get on with now rather than wish I had done it in a few years time as I leave for the commute to the smog and dump Mini Rarr on poor old Mum. So I hope to make myself basically bloody well organised enough to get on this little life project and stop making excuses and letting other things get in the way.
No 4 - To Not Stuff It Up!!
I have been planning this day for months, after all. Will I forget something / someone's card / a crucial ingredient / a genius present idea I had months ago, and will I recall this vital piece of information from the wine-addled recesses of my festive brain at approximately 9.34 on December 25th? Course I blimmin' well will. The only comfort I can take is that I'm probably not the only one.
No 5 - To Make People Smile
Because nothing makes a day better than seeing the people who mean the most to you in the whole world smile and laugh. And that includes the greyhounds.
No 6 - Well If One Must Be Superficial About It...
...jewellery never goes amiss with Miss Rarr. I love the stuff. Having once worked for an independent jeweller, I think I will never lose my love for things silvery and gemstoney. But as nobody who buys presents for me will ever read this, I shall stop boring you with my suspicion that in a former life I was in fact a magpie, and move on...
No 7 - But What I Really Love...
...is anything to do with cookery. I have so many books. SO, SO MANY. Do I have enough? Do I flip. Bring them forth, and while you're at it, bring on the gadgets. I love to cook. Mum's befuddled expression when I reassured her for the fiftieth time that I really WOULD LOVE that garlic crusher for Christmas just summed it up, really.
No 8 - A Great Result
Boxing Day has been more significant to my oldest schoolhood friend and I than Christmas since I can remember. Why? There's a horse race at Kempton, the King George. The amazing Kauto Star, winner of the race five times, has recently been retired as you may have read in the media, so either former winner Long Run retains his crown or we have to embrace another era of hopeful champions in the steeplechasing world. Fingers crossed for a magnificent result - whoever provides it. And I hope my old bessie mate enjoys every minute.
No 9 - Cracking The Cheeseboard Etiquette
Seriously, there's supposedly an "etiquette" about cheeseboards. Which reminds me. Sugar, I haven't written the cheese shopping list. ARGH!!!!
No 10 - The Perfect Christmas Eve
Even though it was always just the two of us, Mum and I had a Christmas Eve buffet-type meal. Now there are three of us (plus hounds) so it's still indulgent, but I shall be cooking it all from scratch and, as I have to work on Boxing Day, Christmas Eve shall be my chance to get ever so slightly squiffy. I feel I shall embrace that opportunity with relish once all the work is done, and hope to have my nearest, dearest and houndest stuffed to snooziness by ten pm.
Have a lovely Christmas everyone, and see you plenty in 2013!
Summary: I'll never beat Mum's Christmas dinner - at least she's consultant!