This will be our first Christmas here in France and the first time wait for it...in 38 years, we have been on our own at this time of year - it will be different! We have also had 31 Christmases with our sons and as I put up the tree for the first time here in France, I have to admit to having more than a touch of nostalgia wash over me - and this from a bah-humbug guy!
We have decided that due to my brother Robert's health issues that it is not really a time for much celebration - the tree is our attempt at acknowledging that Christmas will be here no matter what we do. Robert would probably tell us not to be so stupid and get on with it. He is still using his humour to help him through - he told us the other day the specialist has asked him to come back on the 9th January - to which he replied that he hopes it is an appointment he can keep!