And that’s it for another year

Unless of course like me you still have family to visit in the next few days or if you’re a fan of Santa Claus the Movie like me, you’ll know of the the little joke of Christmas two

B.Z.: A sequel. That’s it. We’ll bring it out on March 25, and we’ll call it… Christmas 2! 

Only kidding!

So 2016 is drawing to a close. Everything we bought as presents will now be half price and everyone will go mad in the sales tomorrow and buy more stuff. (bah humbug) That won’t be me. For the first time in 17 years of working I will be working myself tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to it to. Mainly because this is the first Christmas where I haven’t been so tired to enjoy it because of the mad rush of retail. It’s a different sort of knackered, partly from being drunk and then walking over 8 miles today and that doesn’t include the hour of so running round like a loon with a beagle in front.

It’s funny how things work out. I was thinking that, this morning I would catch up on sleep and rest before I went to my friend’s for my Christmas Dinner. But yesterday lead to a different chain of events. Starting with unexpectedly being able to buy some cider from a post office and taking them home and getting drunk really quickly and then sending everyone messages.

It turns out there’s a Christmas tradition of running a 5k at Parkrun on Christmas morning. It’s classed as a light run yet still over 200 people turned up to do at a wet  but warm Hyde Park.

After a chat with a friend I decided I would go up this morning and help out. Still feeling the effects of the alcohol it took me longer to walk up there, nearly an hour instead of 45 mins. Crazy! Anyway I met a lovely friend who had an addition to his own dogs and I offered to help look after him. I loved every minute of it. Dogs are so funny. Apparently this Bassett hound who was called Buddy and was best friends with Daisy the black Labrador and boy was it crazy.

Covered in mud 😀

Have you ever played those games as a kid where a ball was attached to a string/rope which was attached to a hoop you put your leg through, and you swung it round while hopping over it? That was me with two dogs running round in circles.

In the middle of all this running round business, I had a moment when the dogs were sharing a branching and having a good chomp. Destroyed it in seconds but they were happy. I turned round and saw most of the runners had come in and were grabbing food and coffee. I just thought how amazing this is. How each week a group of people get up early in the morning, regardless of weather and run/walk/jog a 5k route around the park. I felt so blessed to see this, that such a little thing like exercise can create something big.

So after handing back Buddy, after we nearly took a table out and then receiving  lots of hugs from friends and well wishes I headed home to get changed ready to head to my friend’s for lunch.

Christmas is so much about retail that it starts earlier and earlier each year. Piling the pressure on people to buy each other gifts. This year I saw the other side of it as I was able to spend more time in town. Wow was it crazy! so many people, long queues and angry people. You would think things were going out of fashion.

And every year I swear I am going to start saving early, and every year it never happens. This time because I was out of work for a time. Now everything is back on track and I’m taking things steady. Next year is more about health and fitness. Not just mine but relationships, my bank account, the house (I want to spruce it up a bit, new curtains perhaps a lick of paint). I also want to do some more travelling, so I need to start planning and I’ve so far started well apart form a few hiccups.

Lets believe in magic. Lets believe in oursleves

We all also need to believe a little in ourselves and ask for help when we need it, how ever small the ask is. I’m learning that lesson. I have learnt so much in the last few months. Never did I think I could learn new skills so quickly or the amount of support I have if I just ask.  So like the Queen said in her speech today lets pull together, lets learn from 2016 and make 2017 a better year.

‘When people face a challenge they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. In fact, the word ‘inspire’ literally means ‘to breathe in’. But even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.’

Taken from The Queen’s Speech 2016

And remember in 2017….

 ‘If you give extra kisses, you get bigger hugs.’

-Santa Claus the Movie

Thank you for reading



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