The last minute rush is over, the shops are closed for two whole days, and whatever has been forgotten will probably not be missed. Any cards that should have been sent have hopefully reached their destinations and for those not sent there is always Ecards. Panic over for another year. Turkeys which are not receiving the kiss of life in various ways of turkey preparation are all breathing a sigh of relief, they live to see another day.
The ham is marinating in brown sugar and cloves, ready for baking in a flour and water pastry crust tomorrow.
All that remains is to make the Brandy Butter, cook the beast, boil for several hours the Christmas Pudding and pick some veg, but that is all for tomorrow.
Decorations remain in their boxes, holly and ivy is still on the trees, we will get round to all that in the morning. No Panic.
We have been reliably informed by our local radio station, Mid West Radio that Santa left Ballyhaunis at six o'clock this evening and will be on time to make all his deliveries .
Wishing you all a Very happy Christmas or Yule tide, or just plain Seasons Greetings.