Thursday, 28 December 2006

It's that time of year .........

............ when life seems different.

It's hard to explain.

It's not a holiday, we've just had our 2 days off, but there's another one due any day now.
It feels like a weekend but it's actually mid-week (I think !)
I don't have to remember to wish everyone a Merry Xmas but now strangers are wishing me a Happy New Year.
I'm back at work, just for a couple of days, and then I'm off again. And I come in an hour later and finish an hour earlier than normal. It's like the body is in attendance but the mind is elsewhere.
TV schedules are still all over the place, full of "specials" and the news at strange times.
Buses and trains operate to different timetables - or do they? Nobody ever seems sure, until they miss one.
Meal-times go out of the window, instead we pig out on chocolates/mince pies/turkey leftovers/dates/nuts/sherry and all those other festive bits and pieces that never get finished off over Christmas.
Decorations are still up but there's definitely a feeling over "that's over".
LPS (that's Lounge Positioning System) is required to navigate a normally tidy living room without treading/injuring yourself on assorted toys.

These few days starting with the day after Boxing Day and ending on January 2nd needs a name. Somebody referred to it as "Twixtmas" the other day. It feels like living in limbo to me so maybe something along those lines would be appropriate. Maybe the next time the debate over extra Public Holidays comes up we could make Christmas through to New Year a compulsory week off work for everyone (emergency services, corner shop keepers and publicans excepted). With that long at home we would all return to work raring to go.!

ROLL ON JANUARY - and a Happy New Year to all.

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