Let the good times roll

Deborah Punshon
Deborah Punshon

This week, I finally cracked Christmas - well the back of it anyway.

It’s amazing what one motivated and productive day can yield.

In just a few short hours I had pretty much sorted it all out, from buying the big gifts to arranging colour-co-ordinated name labels.

It didn’t take that long, really.

Now I’m quite surprised to hear that I need to de-stress myself as the strain of Christmas takes its toll.

My mother is constantly telling me that I need to take all sorts of time out for myself, concluding that I’m stressed out with all the rushing around to cope with what daily life throws at us.

I am however regretting sharing with her a few stupid things I did recently - including kissing the wrong child goodbye at my daughter’s nursery one morning.

It perhaps wouldn’t have been so bad had I not also told her that I’d spent the last week washing my hair with conditioner and couldn’t understand why it was “looking a little dirty” although incredibly soft.

But it’s not just my parents, it’s everywhere, from people on the TV to those trying to sell us a cheap foot spa.

Happily though, I’m pleased to report that the longer Christmas to-do list has not thrown me at all, and I have successfully been telling the difference between shampoo and conditioner since the beginning of December.

As far as I can tell, there’s no need to be stressed about Christmas, as, once you’ve done some legwork, there’s just the nice things to look forward to - nativity plays, excited children, present-opening and over-eating.

A foot spa wouldn’t go amiss, right enough.