Merry Christmas 2020

This is a almost a late Christmas post given it’s Boxing Day.  However I felt I couldn’t let the season go unmarked as after all it is Christmas…and I do enjoy this time of year.

C‘est la vie

So like everything in 2020, Christmas was different to usual. 

Old traditions like watching a movie a week we loosely held onto   We tried to incorporate something new by going for walks and exploring different areas, but there’s only so much you can do when you’re in and out of lockdown and services are not open.

For example, one minor disappointment was we had planned to see Wolfwalkers (which had great reviews) in late November to get us into the autumnal frame of mind. And because I couldn’t remember the last time we’d been to the cinema. But that was cancelled, due changes in lockdown restrictions.  That reminds me must keep a look out for where that is streaming.

Wolfwalkers Official Trailer

However, we did manage to see some family in person in December before going into Tier 4 lockdown (no mixing of households), which was lovely.

And that ends my tale of woe about how Christmas was different this year.

 It was.

 And we survived.

There will be other Christmases.

The Usual

Christmas Eve saw us celebrate Jólabókaflóð, by catching up with our reading (with Eldest and Youngest).  Eldest received the boxset of H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) by Mark Walden as a gift which is sneaky as they are books that I will be borrowing when I have the time.  We are making our way through Book 1 which will be my second or third time this year and I have no problems with that.  Fantastic read. 

Araminta Spook: Gargoyle Hall (Araminta Spook: 6) by Angie Sage. This is the only book in the series we’ve read and I’m still baffled how we have number 6 and no other. Araminta is an amusing read.  I like feisty girls who are decisive and like to investigate.

The films

To be fair they were all pretty unmemorable. I fell asleep to a few but won’t single them out as it could have been me being tired as opposed to mediocracy on film,

  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run – fluorescent as expected. Enjoyed  the Keanu Reeves cameo
  • The Christmas Chronicles: Part One and Part Two I strongly encouraged the family to watch both.  In hindsight…needn’t have done. Preferred 1 over 2 but both were okay.

Boxsets

Christmas was mainly about boxsets, most of which I dipped in and out of:

The Books

I held off on actively reading but Library reservations kept on coming in thick and fast .  The Libby app allows the borrower to deliver the loan at a later date so I managed to do that for a couple. Which means I kind of know what’s on January’s reading list.  But as ever, that could change.

Like last year, I can see January being full on especially as I have now joined a book club but will discuss that in the Welcome 2021 post

No digressing

Let’s end with

Christmas has been quiet yet enjoyable; celebrated with the normal amount of pomp and ceremony. Zoom and HouseParty meet ups featured instead of in person visits. I didn’t ask Santa for anything but was pleasantly surprised anyway. Plus – and this is key –  I’ve had enough mince pies to keep me satisfied until next Christmas.

My last thought is for all those whose Christmas, year even, wasn’t great.  I’m sorry and sincerely hope that next year will be better.  2020 has made me appreciate all I do have and I am thankful for all my blessings.

Merry Christmas

Engrossed Reader

Female, in her 40's who reads when she can, often to the detriment of sleep. Enjoying most genres and formats with a preference for ebooks, mainly for convenience

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