Ready for part two of festive celebrations

Stuart Barber.
Stuart Barber.

Having ‘survived’ part-one of the festive programme - Christmas Day at our place was an exercise in logistics delivery the British Armed Forces would have been proud of - my thoughts now turn to part two of the annual event which will involve me having much less of a ‘hands-on’ role but just as much fun.

And I’ve got to tell you I’m looking forward to taking a back seat on this one and letting others get on with the preparations.

In my view, Hogmanay is our day - the ‘Christmas Eve’ for grown ups getting ready to party and celebrate the last day of the year without having to worry about the kids.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that on December 25 watching the little treasures opening their presents, racing around playing with them, being too busy to come to the table for dinner and then announcing they hate turkey and Brussel sprouts anyway, is a once-a-year treat many, many mums and dads, grans and grandads and so on look forward to.

Christmas time truly is family time and offers the chance to gather and catch up on what’s been happening and what the plans are for the future.

But for me it is the following week that provides the real opportunity for some serious ‘quality time’ to be enjoyed in a much more relaxed and stress-free environment.

It’s certainly the few days of the year where opting to book into a hotel and let the experts there attend to your every need makes perfect sense.

No shopping to do, no meals to make, no ‘anything’ to do really.

Just a comfy chair close to the bar to relax in while your every need is catered for - bliss!

Happy New Year everyone!