Post Christmas

Monday, 29 December 2014




Peppermint bark

These are all gone now. Of course.

I like these post-Christmas days. The house is full of food and drink and nobody has to be anywhere. We have a stack of new dvds to watch, a necessity at this time of year we find, as there is practically nothing worth the licence fee on telly. We have Spooks and Northern Exposure -remember that one? and Lawrence of Arabia for New Year's Eve because it is so long.

I find myself looking forward to New Year's Day when we will take down the tree, put away the baubles and start thinking new year thoughts. I've already started actually. I'm making lists; books to read, projects to knit, things to write about and subjects to photograph.




26 comments:

  1. I agree....the chance to mull over this last year and pencil in some plans/desires/dreams for 2015. I never had a plan for what to read...but I like the idea and will start a list. I do want to learn how to knit socks.... I have all the information and now....to get started...if I succeed they will be xmas gifts for 2015....

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  2. Anonymous5:49 pm GMT

    A nice read as always, its garden plans for me and seed catalogues -Linda

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  3. I like to have my tree down on New Year's Eve and a clean sweep for New Year's Day. Looking forward to Mapp andLucia tonight but agree, there wasn't a lot to see over the holiday.

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    1. Yes to Mapp and Lucia, I think that will be the one thing worth watching. Also yes to the tree down on NYE -just ran that past the husband and he says 'how about New Year's Eve Eve?'.

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  4. I also treasure the post Christmas period, although the dreaded lurgy has put a dampener on my enjoyment of it this year. But the enforced rest can't do any harm. We've a jigsaw and Articulate to supplement the DVDs and the books. And our tree doesn't come down until the Twelfth Night, which always makes the house look so bare. Maybe this year I'll have the foresight to think of something to replace it with.

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  5. My mind has started to drift towards the New Year too. Tree down in our house 1st or 2nd Jan, certainly in plenty of time for the children going back to school on 5th X

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  6. I do hope that a right royal mess hasn't been made of Mapp & Lucia. Can anyone remember the wonderful series (well, there were two of them, actually) in the 1980s starring Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales and the late Nigel Hawthorne? The secret, I think, is to play these wonderful witty books by E F Benson straight. Once they start to play for laughs, the real humour flies out of the window, they just become silly. I just hope I'm wrong and that this will be a good three-part series.
    I loved last night's Last Tango in Halifax, and of course, Downton was, well Very Downton. But little else I've wanted to watch, I'm afraid. Thank goodness for books and music.
    Margaret P

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    1. I've heard good things about it Margaret.

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  7. Sue,
    I am stuffed stupid of Xmas lovelies, but your peppermint bark has made my mouth water.
    Leanne x

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  8. I agree with Galant on the television offering for the season. Its a long week to the next episode of Last Tango!!

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  9. I have never eaten peppermint bark but yours looks delicious for sure. I am in two minds about our tree, I quite like it up for Hogmanay but we need space for dancing at the Hogmanay party. Given that this is my biggest problem just now, I would agree with you that the post Christmas days are great.

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  10. Post Christmas is the best! Are there really finally DVDs of Northern Exposure?!?!?!? Have to go and look!

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    1. Yes, yes there are and it doesn't disappoint.

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    2. Oh I LOVED Northern Exposure. I'm SO going to check out the DVDs too!

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  11. enjoy the post-Christmas lull :) I too am already making lists, getting mentally prepared for the year ahead!

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  12. I always like to get the decorations put away as well, it's a pleasure to have the space back. Love your jug of holly though, I'd be happy to have that for a bit longer. And maybe a bite or two of peppermint bark, I've never tried it but it looks delicious. A list or two in my kitchen too, I love the energy and possibilities of the New Year. Hope you enjoy those DVDs. We've just finished Sherlock. Might try The Killing next. CJ xx

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  13. Merry belated Christmas, Sue! I'd love to do a clean sweep on the house right now, but the tree doesn't come down till Epiphany. Have to do the full twelve days of Christmas. But I'm very much enjoying the lull after Christmas and my father's 80th birthday party. Making the most of the time with the kids home from university. Lots of games and cards.

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  14. Couldn't agree more about the TV programmes. Very little worth watchiing...
    But it is a good time of year - no rushing off to the sales for us. Just pottering about and grazing.
    I started a new notebook last night with a few ideas too. It's good to look forward.
    Good to see you back Sue. I'll post soon, perhaps in another day or two. The break's been very welcome.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year.
    Sarah.

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  15. Anonymous10:20 am GMT

    Lovely post Sue, as always. Wish you & yours a great New Year. Hit the big 70 in January so retirement beckons. Cannot wait, Take good care & enjoy Sheridan in Queensland.

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  16. Same here. A very happy new year to you x

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  17. Sue, I like the way in which you've captured a particular atmosphere that can fill this time just after Christmas. I've already been back to work, and have experienced another particular atmosphere...helping folks return items that were either bought by them or given to them. Many of these return transactions have little tales attached that have the potential for short story plots.

    I send you and yours best wishes for a very Happy New Year! It's been such a pleasure to visit here during 2014. xo

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  18. Happy New Year Sue. I'm like you and love to get the tree down and the baubles away as soon as the new year is upon us. There is nothing like making new year lists and plans for the future-have fun with it!

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  19. Anonymous4:52 pm GMT

    Tree comes down on twelfth night here. I have a friend who leaves a few decorations up till Candlemas but that is definitely going too far..
    Sarah

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  20. Wishing you and your family a very happy New Year.

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  21. Twixtmas usually has me feeling a bit antsy, but for some reason, I've really enjoyed it this year. And peppermint bark - how moreish a treat - can't believe I'm so late to the party, but glad to have made it all the same!

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  22. I agree totally with your sentiments about these in-between days. I think of it as almost hibernating. I'm itching to get the tree down now - tomorrow or the day after at the latest. Hope you have a very Happy New Year.

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