I am one of the growing number of people who are sending fewer and fewer Christmas cards and giving a donation to charity instead – my chosen charity being Children in Need. There are a couple of reasons – one being the ever-increasing cost of sending something through the post, but the other is far more important... and that is the fact that those people who are important to me hopefully already know and the sending of a card doesn’t mean they are any less important or that they are not in my thoughts.
Notwithstanding my immediate family who have to put up with actually seeing me every now and again, the brilliant thing about social networking is the ability to keep in touch with other relatives and friends with whom you might lose contact otherwise...
2012 has been a year in which I’ve stayed close to those I hold most dear... but it’s been a time of new friendships and the rediscovery of old friends as well and I’m grateful to one and all for the difference you have made... and hopefully will continue to make.
So... in no particular order, I would like to send my best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy 2013 to... all my relatives (especially Natalie who is preparing to start a new life with her family in Australia x), my mates from cricket days gone by at the Fell and Ropery Lane, mates from the Thunder and Heed Armies, the new friends I’ve made through my Marilyn Monroe bio and my other books, those friends who are as desperate as I am to see the brilliant Killing for Company back on stage in 2013 and the guys from the band (nadolig hapus!), friends from other bands whose music keeps me company on my long trips to work... and not forgetting Mar, Marg, Maggie and Ruth who I hadn’t been in touch with since the 1980s.
If I’ve forgotten anyone, I’m sorry... put it down to old age...
Right... time to clean that chimney and wait for Rudolph and his pals to make an appearance...
All my own work... almost.