Travelling Home For Christmas


I’m on a train up to Manchester to spend Christmas with my mum, sisters and brother-in-law. I got up early in an attempt to beat the thousands of people that are embarking on similar journeys today, and I appear to have made the right decision- my carriage is almost empty, very quiet and calm. The Bloke is going to his mum’s tomorrow and my friend is looking after the cats, so aside from braving the hoards of people that will undoubtedly be in a blind panic in Marks and Spencer’s later to purchase something for our Christmas dinner tomorrow I’m pretty much set for the next few days.

The Bloke and I had our own little Christmas together on Sunday. We awoke in the morning and exchanged gifts. As usual, he’d spoilt me rotten with thoughtful and amusing presents, including a DVD of Masters of the Universe. It was the first film I ever saw at the cinema, and I have been in love with Dolph Lundgren ever since. I made a passing comment a few weeks ago about the fact that I only own it in VHS and can’t find it on DVD anywhere, so he imported it from the States. Awesome. He also made me this:


I cried laughing – I had seen a similar image on a blog post a while ago and have been trawling the Internet for a t shirt, only to discover that he had made transfers and ironed it on. Genius. The only trouble is, I’m not sure where I could wear it without getting beaten up by die hard Nirvana fans…

We ate a beautiful dinner with all the trimmings, indulged in an epic amount of chocolate whilst watching Masters of the Universe and spent the rest of the day snuggled up with the cats (once they had finished kicking the crap out of their Christmas presents – catnip filled stuffed mice) and talking. It was nice. No, it was more than nice, it was perfect. We’ve been together for years and have only spent one Christmas together properly, so it’s great that we can create our own with our own little family.

I’m looking forward to a few days of fun, laughter and plenty of sleep with the family- after reconciling a number of issues recently it’s going to be the first one in years that we will all be able to enjoy each other’s company!

If I don’t get the opportunity to tell you so beforehand, have a lovely festive season, whether you celebrate Christmas or not!

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19 thoughts on “Travelling Home For Christmas

  1. That shirt may become a runaway hit. I love it!

    I am glad you and The Bloke had a nice timr together. Hooray for looking forward to the rest of the holiday as well!

    Merry Christmas to you, my friend! πŸ™‚

  2. So thoughtful and creative of The Bloke! It just looks like a vintage faded band tee you should totally wear it chuck. I’ve somehow managed to miss seeing that film, I’ll sneak it onto our playlist if I can find it before TB can object ;0)

  3. I’m glad you had a great ‘pre-Christmas’ with your bloke – It sounds like you had a great time! And how creative he is, to make you that T-shirt! He’s a keeper!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and enjoy your trip back home πŸ™‚

  4. My family and I are travelling for the holiday too, only we aren’t leaving until Christmas day =/ Wish us luck!!! Happy Christmas to you and yours!!

  5. Glad you made it.. I remember wanting to board a rtain from Atherton to Nottingham once, having reserved seats and everything – and ended up not being able to take it because it was rammed and the conductor wouldn’t let us in. I completely understand your pre-caution of travelling early before xmas! Well, merry xmas btw.!

  6. Merry, merry Christmas, Suzie, to you and The Bloke and your family – even to the kitties. May it be a wonderful holiday – more, may it be enough for all of you to remember with happiness. I would say that you are lucky, but you work at your friendships and relationships, on blog and in person, so it isn’t luck at all. So it’s effort on your part. Therefore, good effort to you, and a Happy New Year.

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