Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello good people, Merry Christmas to you all. I hope Santa brought you everything you asked for and that you are all safe and well. We are probably going to pay for our one day of fun with a national lockdown in all but name - Tier 4 across the UK, but I'm now past caring. One day at a time, that's all we can do just now.
I'm working this weekend, and it feels like just another day although we're all trying frantically to make it a bit special to bring some cheer into our humdrum lives. No decorations have been allowed in the hospital and the wards look drab and boring. I'm determinedly wearing my Christmas waistcoat - I bring it out every year on the 1st of December, but this year I waited till the 21st - I felt like I would stick out like a sore thumb, whereas previously, I blended in with the decorations.
I spent this week putting together a bunch of earrings for all the ladies working on the unit on Christmas day and put them into individual cellophane wrappers all ready for them to help themselves. It seems little compensation for the awful year we've had and yet more to come. By the time I'd finished I felt as if I'd been working on a conveyor belt system and had made up 35 pairs of earrings and packed them in a satisfying box full of baubles.
I just hope that in the New Year, we get the vaccine on board and it works with all mutations/ new strains or whatever of this virus. That would be the best present ever. I would love to go on holiday/to see my family in India and go to the pub, even if it is only to drink a diet coke or an alcohol free beer, in common I suspect, with the rest of the country/world.
The ad-men seem to be a bit nonplussed this year - what do you say to a country that has been battered by a virus, poor leadership, impending food shortages, Brexit, multiplying food banks and a shower of bankruptcies - spend more money? Not much to go with in such an atmosphere, is there?
I think that's the reason John Lewis are advocating the giving of love and Coca Cola have made such a convoluted ad about very little.
Have as wonderful a Christmas as you can, folks, and I'll catch you next week, same time, same place.