Dear Readers,


This is just a short post to let you know we will be pausing our blog posts over the Christmas period to give both ourselves and you a much-needed break. Christmas is a time for family, whatever form yours may take. So, this week, we wanted to leave you with a well-loved family story of festivities in the Horne household. Over to you, David!


It was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… oh wait!


On 24th December sometime in the early nineties, I found our two small daughters awake in Vicky’s room. It was around 2 o’clock in the morning and the girls were very excited! Muttering happily about Father Christmas and what gifts he may bring, they were wide awake. I explained to them that St Nick hadn’t been yet, and that they needed to get back in their beds and wait for the morning. I left the girls, but a few minutes later heard chattering again. Upon re-entering the room, I saw two little figures sat gazing up at the clock. When asked what they were doing, they happily declared they were waiting until the clock struck 6, which was when we normally awoke on Christmas morning.


Safe to say we all managed to get a bit more sleep in the end that night, but their excitement and sense of magic made my heart swell three times (like the Grinch!).


Speaking of which…..


I wanted to share a little excerpt from Dr Seuss’ wonderful wintery tale with the hope of spreading some Christmas cheer.


…So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”…


And with that I bid you a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. See you in 2019!