Of course, a lot has happened in the last 5 months. Stuff too big to cover absent mindedly while feeding a newborn in the dark. Syria. The refugee crisis. Paris. Tragedy after tragedy. Burdened by negativity, paralysed by the sheer scale of bad news on TV, on the radio, on Facebook and Twitter feeds.
But now it's Christmas time. So worrying about the world has to take a back seat for a while. Being grateful for who and what we have comes first. Light in the darkness and all that.
I read recently about the Danish cultural concept of "Hygge" (Hoo-ga). It seems to be about cosiness, togetherness, light, warmth, soft duvets, reviving drinks and delicious snacks. Being kind to yourself and others during the long winter.
This allies with my inner Viking's obsession with candles, blankets, cushions, and cosy socks. Having a kitchen crowded with people tucking into coffee and cake on a winter's morning, the floor strewn with toys. Dozing in front of afternoon movies by the fire, squeezed on a sofa covered in popcorn and children under blankets. Dark early mornings, 5 in a bed listening to the radio and cuddling up, ignoring pleas for breakfast. Cool wine in the cosy corner of a warm pub, laughing over failures and unexpected confessions.
These are my happy things, my Hygge. I hope you too can relax and enjoy some cosy times. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.