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This post is going to be an insight into what happened last Christmas in the Yule family. Last year was full of mixed emotions. There were reasons for celebration and reasons for reflection. There were moments when I was filled with happiness, and there were moments when tears were shed. One thing is for sure, I won’t be forgetting last Christmas any time soon.
The Happy Times
Christmas 2017 was Austin’s first ever Christmas, and we wanted to make it special for him. He was completely spoilt with presents, more than we could even find homes for. He was only a few months old, and had absolutely no idea what was going on, so this was a good excuse not to be buying him loads of stuff. It’s completely pointless at that age. You have to make the most of the few years when they are too young and unable to demand the latest gadget or noisy drumkit. These will surely follow in the years after. Note to self – ask Santa for a pair of earplugs that year.
One of the benefits of having a newborn baby at Christmas is being able to dress them up in ridiculous outfits. Obviously there’s the Christmas jumper and Santa hat combo that just had to be done. Babies always seem to be able to pull off a silly jumper that I just can’t seem to manage.
Time To Reflect
It was also a time for reflection as it was the first Christmas without my Dad. It was a tough time for all of us. There was a space left for him at the table with his picture. It may have seemed excessive, but it felt like a part of him was still there. For me, Christmas is all about spending time with family, as it’s sometimes the only time of the year where you all sit round the table and actually spend quality time together.
My Dad spent previous Christmases in the kitchen, cooking everyone a mean Christmas dinner. He’d then spend the evening passed out on the couch with a glass of rum in his hand. It was hard not seeing him do these things last year, and something that as a family, we will have to get used to. My Dad always hated Christmas. He would always tell us that it was a waste of time. I think secretly he enjoyed seeing his family all together, even if he never admitted it. Christmas will never quite be the same without him, but at least having Austin now means that I can focus on making sure it’s all about him and that every year is as special as possible.
I would love to know how everybody else spent last Christmas. Did anything special happen?
Tomorrows post will be all about what our plans are for Christmas this year.