Wrapping it up
So here I am on Boxing Day, my second favourite day of the year, kicking back with a cup of tea and a cherry tart, thinking about what went wrong yesterday (which was quite a lot, but nobody cared) and what went right (which was that we were a happy family, celebrating together on a happy day), but I haven’t forgotten you, my dear readers. I was intending to finish this blog with multiple choice questions to test what you learned about Christmas during the year but I will instead list what I learned myself:
- Christmas is indeed for everyone but, even more importantly, Christmas should be by everyone: everyone should have a say; everyone should have a role; everyone should be part of the preparation. Let there be no spectators.
- And this means that you can’t be dogmatic: Christmas should include all of the things that the people around you care about, even if they don’t fit your decoration scheme or menu.
- Planning is good, but be flexible.
- And make your crackers later in the year: you really don’t know in April how many people you’ll have for Christmas in December!
Stop press: Hannah and Lachlan just came around to tell me that they’re getting married. Oh my goodness! I have a wedding to plan!
 Yes, I humbly concede that you can be an expert on Yule logs and Santa Claus and plum pudding and still not know everything.
 So pierogi are definitely in for me but I’d still like to draw the line at Brussels sprouts!
 This may be an excuse for over-catering (not that anyone in my family needs an excuse!)