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Kerri McLean

Christmas excitement still builds, but in a week from now everything will be all over again

Kerry McLean


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Kerry McLean with her husband Ralph and children, Tara, Dan and Eve.  Pic by Peter Morrison

Kerry McLean with her husband Ralph and children, Tara, Dan and Eve. Pic by Peter Morrison

Kerry McLean with her husband Ralph and children, Tara, Dan and Eve. Pic by Peter Morrison

How are your Christmas preparations going? I don't want to panic you, but we've only got six days left until the biggest day of the year. It may be that many of you are reading this, relaxed in the knowledge that everything is done and dusted, all the presents bought and wrapped and the food prep done - but I'm sure there are others who, like myself, feel that Christmas, which seems to have been on the horizon for such a long time, has suddenly jumped up and into our faces.

Somehow, I have gone from thinking I was well ahead in terms of preparation to realising I am anything but. I think I fell into a false sense of security because I began thinking about Christmas so early this year.

With the world in such a weird and worrying state, I began dreaming back in September about all the festivities and fun December 25 would bring. By the start of October, I had most of our Christmas dinner ordered online from a supermarket and the rest of it on order from our butcher. I had persuaded my children to write out their letters to Santa before we had so much as dug out the sparklers for Halloween, thinking that both the big man from the North Pole and I needed lots of extra present sourcing time as we might not be able to get out to the shops very much.


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