Christmas Eve Eve…

Christmas Eve Eve…

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. How’s it going? I have to tell you – I’ve had the BEST couple of days! Yesterday, I went into work early, and a few of us had a little end-of the-year meeting. It felt so special. Don‘t know why. I just had this overwhelming sense of goodness, pure and simple. Spending an hour with a group of hardworking, loyal and kind people, all invested in Clarity, all bright and talented, all ready to have a few days off, but also all excited about the new year, about what we’ve got in the pipeline. It’s abundantly clear that they are all clever individuals, blimming good at what they each do. But as we sat around the big table, the team spirit was palpable. Well, it was for me. And Dave and Paul – my left and right gunners -weren’t even there! Dave was en route to Heathrow, to pick up Grace, and Paul was on Create & Craft. I have so much to be grateful for, I really do.

So Dave dropped Grace off at my dear friend Carron’s house, aka best mate and best hairdresser in the whole wide world. Then, after we shut up shop at lunchtime, I headed over to her place, to spend a happy hour in her lovely company, and pick up a refreshed Grace, after her little welcome-back-to-Blighty-pick-me-up-haircut-and-condition-treat. Spent the rest of the day with Dave and Grace, talking and listening, laughing, eating and watching Lord of the RIngs. Violent, or what! The film, not us!! Good grief! The Return of the King. Hardcore. Not exactly an uplifting Christmas feelgood film!

And today, we got up super early, and headed off to Lewes to do some last minute Christmas Shopping. FREE PARKING and a full English Breakfast at Bill’s? What better way to spend Christmas Eve Eve? Lewes is a lovely town about half an hour south of us as the crow flies, nestled in the South Downs. Bit bohemian, bit hippy, lots of antique shops and little arty boutique gift shops. Lots of handcrafted, made by local artists. Not mass produced stuff. More expensive? Certainly. More beautiful and meaningful? Certainly. Then Dave’s sister arrived from Devon, and we’ve had a smashing afternoon, chatting and catching up. She’s lovely.

Grace is wrapping presents, Barb (Dave’s sis is also a Barb) is snoozing with Ragnar on her lap, Dave is nodding off in front of the log fire, and I am writing to you.

I made my mind up this Christmas to enjoy it. Going with the flow, one day at a time. I was dreading it to be honest, because last Christmas it was all going haywire and wrong with Dad, and then he died. But actually, it’s ok. No more bad days for Dad. As soon as I say that to myself, my spirits are lifted, and Life goes on. Acceptance is peace. He’s here, of course.

Quote for today?

Don’t forget to look around and appreciate the things that are going right as well

I will love you and leave you now. Grace is going out with her bestie this evening, and us oldies are going to spend a pleasant evening together. Life is good.

I hope with all my heart that you are in a good place, a safe place, a warm place.

Love always,

Barb x

PS Here’s Grace, striking a festive pose by the Big Tree near Wall Street…

38 thoughts on “Christmas Eve Eve…

  1. Just watched Grace’s film of Lewes – nothing like a band playing Christmas music to put you in the Christmas mood. Have a fabulous Christmas with the family – there will memories to look back on & memories to be made. There will be those family sayings & traditions that will never be forgotten – time to pass them on to the younger generation !!

  2. Enjoy the time with your family Barb. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may 2024 be a kinder one! I have Hubby’s birthday to celebrate tomorrow before we go to the boys to cook and eat Christmas dinner as a family. My sister, brother and Mum will be at my other sister’s for Christmas then we will try to celebrate Mum’s birthday on the 27th. It will be a hard one I am sure. Stay safe. Love and Hugs!

  3. Hope you have a lovely time with friends and family. We are on our own for Christmas Day but after Boxing Day will make our way ‘up north’ to stay with our Son, Daughter-inlaw and Grandson.

  4. Happy Christmas Barb – and to all your family (esp. your Mum).
    Maggie (York UK) snuggling up with new 4 legged arrival – Motsi (‘cos she’s a mottled cat!) She’s the cat who just moved in a few weeks ago and her owner has agreed to sign her over to us – little Motsi never got on with the other cat they have.

  5. Have a wonderful Christmas Barbara, enjoy the break. you have done well this year,but, please be careful with your health don’t get too tired.
    most of all enjoy Christmas …love fiona h. and family xxxx

  6. I hope everyone has a good time despite everything that has been thrown at us this year. I’m so looking forward to not having to cook Christmas dinner this year for the world & his wife first time in 45 years. Mind you it does feel a bit strange not having to make lists of what to do & when & not peeling mountains of veg tomorrow night will definitely be odd. Stay safe everyone xxxx

  7. Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas, enjoy every second you all deserve it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done and continue to do. They definitely broke the mould when they made you Barbara, you are a very special lady so very kind and caring. And, your team are a real credit to you…just amazing! It is very much appreciated.
    Penny xXx

  8. Sending best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a very blessed 2024.
    setting the table for one less this year, but remembering all the good times we shared.

  9. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas, Barbara. I’ve been ill with a bad cold for the past few days. I’m so glad I’m an organised person and got ahead of the game a few weeks ago. Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas xx

  10. What a perfect start to Christmas. I’m sure the rest of the festive season will be just the same. Enjoy every moment.

    Mum being Austrian celebrates Xmas eve more so I’m there with her tomorrow. She also met my dad on Xmas eve and he’s been gone now 10 years. She will also be sad as she reminisces her 95 years and her time with him, her English gentleman as she calls him. She will tell me stories I’ve heard before but I’ll enjoy listening attentively again. Time with her is more special each day.

    Xmas day I’m surprising her and turning up for dinner with John and my sister who is in on the secret.

    Boxing Day will be hectic with all the grandchildren round but John will sort the food while I spend time with them.
    Happy times- like you day go with the flow! Enjoy the company of special people in your life.

    Happy Christmas ♥️

  11. Wishing you & all the family enjoy a healthy, peaceful & joyful Christmas.
    Hoping 2024 will be a better year.
    A big thank you to all the ClarityTeam for all you do to in rich our lives with Art.

  12. Lovely blog, thank you. Glad Grace is here, I messaged her at 4 or 5 this morning, I was up looking for our lodger kitten, thought she’d escaped not that she could really so, after a quick trip up to next door but one where she usually lives, in the pitch black (I did take a torch) and round their back, heaven knows who’s cameras picked me up !! Only to find that, of course, she was still at ours, hubby said she must be here I can hear her scratching the carpet ! I digress while I was then up having a cuppa before going back I read an article about reading audio books – it was a bit celebrity based reading their own books or whatever but I was thinking of Grace and the hard work she has to put in.

    Hubby’s first day out of hospital after the week minus his gall bladder, managed a shower today, keyhole surgery hasn’t got to go back for a check up or anything (unless we’re worried of course) amazing what they do these days ! A quiet Christmas for us recovering but that’s all good, we’re here to do so!

    Merry Christmas everyone xx

  13. Have a lovely Christmas Barbara , enjoy your family’s company And have a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. Love and hugs from Downunder.(Australia).

  14. Hello Barb, lovely photo of the Christmas tree and Grace. Merry Christmas to you, Dave your Mum, and the whole family, as well as the Clarity team and the wider Clarity family on this here blog. May your day be spent with those you love. Take care everyone. Bx

  15. Great blog, love the tree 🌲 but had a hard time spotting Grace. My eyes are not what they were!!!!
    A quiet Christmas for us.
    Two weeks ago I was afraid I was going to lose hubby but after all the investigations he is home and being cheeky as ever. We are so blessed.
    Happy Christmas everyone, may the New Year be a peaceful and healthy one.

  16. Great blog, love the tree 🌲 but had a hard time spotting Grace. My eyes are not what they were!!!!
    A quiet Christmas for us.
    Two weeks ago I was afraid I was going to lose hubby but after all the investigations he is home and being cheeky as ever. We are so blessed.
    Happy Christmas everyone, may the New Year be a peaceful and healthy one.

  17. I wish you, Barb, and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2024. I haven’t been in a great place this year, but when I remember what you have been through and then watch you on TV, you give me confidence to pull my socks up and battle on.
    I look forward to another Clarity influenced year ahead. Congratulations to you and your wonderful team. With love, Ros 🥰

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