There have been some bright spots, of course.
Learning to knit socks and nurturing a new found obsession with all things knitterly has gifted me many happy hours whilst life goes mad around me.
The latest pair off the needles - in never-to-knit-again Noro Kureyon. Pair #18 - since February!
Two weeks ago we even managed to reacquaint ourselves with the beach. No-one would believe we lived on the south coast if they saw how little we visited it.
However, thanks to my homemade 'do something different everyday' advent calendar we HAD to go to the beach on 'Eat chips on the Beach' day. This, of all things, recharges the batteries.
Especially when beach huts....
....and rocks, are involved.
So, the turkey and cranberry sauce are a'waiting. Mince pies, pigs in blankets and raspberry trifle are on the list for tomorrow. Beds for m-i-l and f-i-l will be made up in the morning. Toilets will be cleaned. Moog's stocking will be stuffed.
Wine will be opened - a bit.
Finally, to spread a little Christmas love here's a treat.
Lots of love and a VERY Happy Christmas xxxxx