The Twilight Zone
Welcome to Betwixtmas, Crimbo Limbo - the strange twilight zone that lingers between Christmas and New Year. A timeless whirlpool of cheese and chutney, old films and pine needles. For many people it’s the best part of the year, but I have to admit, I dislike it. There’s only so long I can float about not knowing what day it is. In fact, this year I took the decorations down two days after Christmas like an absolute Scrooge. Once the festive days are over and we have no more plans, I just like to focus on the New Year and a fresh start.
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I hope you all had a peaceful break over the last few days. We had lots of fun with family and friends, but we were also hit with a sickness bug which wasn’t great. I actually thought I was in labour at one point but it just turned out to be stomach cramps. What a whirlwind! It’s a strange feeling being this close to my due date because I could literally go into labour any day or night, which means my plans are becoming looser and looser. It’s very mindful, really. I’m just taking each day as it comes without having to worry too far ahead, which isn’t an unpleasant way to end the year.
How are you feeling about 2023? I’ve written a piece this week reflecting on the past twelve months, and next week I’ll be writing about my plans for the year ahead. Generally I’m feeling quite excited. As I write this, the weather is mild outside and I can hear a great tit’s see-saw song in the garden, which always reminds me of spring. We still have a way to go before then, but it’s always reassuring to have passed the point of midwinter - knowing each day is a few minutes longer than the last.