So here it is, as the poet said, merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun. (Disclaimer: your experience may differ.) I’m on holiday now till the feast of the Epiphany and I feel a bit like a prisoner released after decades in confinement: all this free time, and I’m not sure how to fill it. (Still, it’s nice not having to slop out anymore.)
I don’t know when Christmas really starts for you: for me it always used to be when the BBC broadcasts the service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge at 3pm on Christmas Eve. (Although, if I’m honest, the arrangements of the carols are so etiolated, so refined and tasteful, they might as well be served on a china plate with cucumber sandwiches.)
But lately we’ve adopted a much more festive and jolly tradition to kick-start Christmas, which of course means watching The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol on dvd (and singing along with the songs “there’s only one more sleep till Ch-r-i-i-st-mas”).
I was going to regale you with a lengthy review of the year, but what with the whole memory loss thing the past is not so much another country as an alternate universe requiring a whole new type of physics to access. So instead I’ll just raise a glass and ask you to join me in a toast to the coming year.
There’s an old Peanuts cartoon which has Lucy flinging the bedclothes off Linus’s bed and crying, “Time to flinch from another day!”. Well, that’s how I usually feel about years. But not this time. I feel—how shall I describe it? Cautious optimism? Well, let’s not get carried away. Less dread? Hmm, I don’t know, a toast to a “less dreadful” year sounds more than a little defeatist.
Never mind—here’s to 2014 anyway. May your yarn be free of knots and never tangle, and may your circular needles never snap spilling dozens of stitches into the empty air like parachutists jumping out of a plane over occupied France (you listening up there, knitting gods?).
Gansey Nation is taking a break over the festive season, and will return on 13 January 2014. So till then have a happy Christmas, a great New Year, and we’ll see you on the other side…