Now That The Festive Season Is Over…

29 Dec

…I am enjoying the restive season

My middle-aged bones are not what they were.  I could once prepare for Christmas throughout the whole of December, look after a big house and a small family, host as many as twenty-two people for Christmas Dinner and four grandparents for a week, throw in a New Year’s Eve party with guests sleeping in the lounge, bakkie and their own tent in our large garden, manage the cooking, cleaning and washing, and still wear make up and a big smile at the end of it.

Now, five of us for Christmas Dinner and my legs ache, my back creaks, my tired body slept until nine this morning and make up?  Forget it.  The Hub knows what I look like with a naked face.  If he doesn’t like it, he can hobble through the door.

Roll on grandkids, when my sons can start hosting Christmas.

PS That NYE party when guests camped in our garden?  They woke on New Year’s Day to find their tent smothering them.  Our Doberman had chewed through the ropes in the night.

English: Christmas is over 2 It must have been...

English: Christmas is over 2 It must have been some kind of party in Gillingham around New Year’s Eve 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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61 Responses to “Now That The Festive Season Is Over…”

  1. vivinfrance December 29, 2012 at 11:21 #

    Poor Tilly. Go on a go slow and go to sleep early


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife December 29, 2012 at 16:09 #

      I have. Yesterday I only did a bit of ironing and gave the bathroom the bottoming I was too tired to give it on Christmas Eve 🙂

      Today I have caught up with blogging and comments.


  2. ferragudofan December 29, 2012 at 11:32 #

    what’s wrong until sleeping in until 9am – that’s early!!
    I like the idea of a ‘restive season’ – nice idea!
    wishing you a wonderful 2013


  3. jmgoyder December 29, 2012 at 12:00 #

    Love that tent story!


  4. Elaine - I used to be indecisive December 29, 2012 at 12:10 #

    I like this new phrase ‘restive season’ – I think I will adopt it in our house! 😉


  5. dani December 29, 2012 at 13:18 #

    i love that! “restive season”

    wishing you a very happy new year!


  6. Ron. December 29, 2012 at 14:13 #

    My Beloved Sandra’s family, who had come on a 10-day stay, finally vacated yesterday morning. The comparative silence is golden. Now it’s just me and her again…me and her…me and….hey, wait a minute!Happy New Year to you, TB!


  7. sharechair December 29, 2012 at 14:14 #

    I am so beat. I need a restive season. I still have guests for a few more days. After that, nothing will get cleaned or cooked in this house until spring.


  8. restlessjo December 29, 2012 at 14:28 #

    We were thinking on the same lines this week, Tilly.
    Aren’t you supposed to feed Dobermans?
    Happy New Year to you and the family.


  9. mairedubhtx December 29, 2012 at 14:38 #

    You must be getting–OLD! Things aren’t what they used to be. Are you sure you can stay up ’til midnight to see the New Year in?


  10. granny1947 December 29, 2012 at 15:16 #

    Wake up and smell the roses, girl.
    The kids and THEIR kids will all come to you for Xmas!


  11. laurieanichols December 29, 2012 at 15:20 #

    Pygama day is the first day of the restive season. The Doberman resting on the tent makes for a hilarious visual.:)


  12. gigihawaii December 29, 2012 at 15:24 #

    It’s too bad your party was not potluck. Did you think to order take out from the Chinese restaurant? Just kidding.


  13. terry1954 December 29, 2012 at 15:31 #

    isn’t it awful how our bodies begin to fall apart??? LOL


  14. Judy December 29, 2012 at 15:43 #

    I love the term “restive season”. My daughter and her family went home yesterday and I still haven’t stripped the beds. We just enjoyed the quiet.


  15. SchmidleysScribbling December 29, 2012 at 15:46 #

    Wow some days I sleep in until 7 AM, but rarely. My parrots begin calling to each other at first light. This means I get more sleep in the winter. On the other hand, the dogs sleep most of the day.

    Happy New Year to you and yours. Other than a short visit and meal out with my daughter, I am curling up with a cup of Java and a good book. Dianne


  16. timkeen40 December 29, 2012 at 15:53 #

    I still love Christmas and all there is to do, but I live for those in between days when I have nothing to do.



  17. Dana December 29, 2012 at 15:54 #

    I always think of the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve as the calm before the storm! 😉


  18. Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly) December 29, 2012 at 17:17 #

    Enjoy your restive season….I am at an age I take life at my own pace…full creaks ahead. 🙂


  19. Brenda Youngerman December 29, 2012 at 17:42 #

    Ah Tilly! Do I ever know that feeling… what happened to our spunk and our youth?
    Here’s hoping 2013 brings you everything you need!


  20. Karen S. December 29, 2012 at 17:54 #

    Enjoy, and a Happy New Year to you- and may humor follow you everywhere you go! It’s going to be a great new year!


  21. slpmartin December 29, 2012 at 18:47 #

    I take it that your guests have not returned for NYE….I must admit I laughed out loud when I read that…imaging their surprise as they awoke the next morning wondering what you put into those drinks. 🙂 Have a wonderful recovery from the holidays!


  22. Grannymar December 29, 2012 at 20:51 #

    I don’t mind all the catering if I have a crowd, but this year since I was on my own, I went on strike. I had plenty of food but nothing festive. AT ALL! I cooked what and when I wanted, and had a very quiet time. In fact I never unlocked my front door for three days! If I am typing here, then I didn’t cause the world to end. Happy New year to you,Tilly, and all your family and and off line.


  23. kateshrewsday December 30, 2012 at 00:05 #

    My family are of the same opinion, Tilly, though I get a bit restless stuck inside watching the pouring rain all day….wish our country was a tiny bit sunnier…


  24. viveka December 30, 2012 at 00:31 #

    Great job, Linda and that’s why I don’t like Christmas .. because mums are totally worn out – for only 2 days. But you mums … love Christmas. But it also means that you had a great Christmas. I hope you had a good night’s sleep.


  25. Tonya December 30, 2012 at 01:54 #

    It took me a full week to recover from Thanksgiving with just six of us! For Christmas I took the easy way out and had Prime Rib, baked potato and broccoli. It was easy and everyone liked it! I won’t be doing another Thanksgiving like that again! Wishing you a wonderful restive season and a very Happy New Year!


  26. eof737 December 30, 2012 at 03:33 #

    Don’t over-indulge Tills!
    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy New Year to You & Yours!.♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥
    ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” Have a restful weekend!


  27. barb19 December 30, 2012 at 03:56 #

    Dream on Tilly – your sons will still come to you for Christmas – along with their wives and kids and pets! Sorry to burst your bubble . . . it happened to me, I know!


  28. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) December 30, 2012 at 07:40 #

    I don;t think I could ever have coped with what you used to! Certainly never tried. I think you’re heroic, but enough us enough. Maybe you shoud yell for a bit more help next time?


  29. Karen Snyder December 30, 2012 at 12:49 #

    Or, you might someday retire to a “smallish” place and just contribute part of the Christmas feast at the home of a sibling-host. Soooo much easier and certainly more “restive.” 🙂


  30. Jess December 30, 2012 at 15:42 #

    that has made me chuckle!Beware of tent destroying dobermans then 🙂


  31. Three Well Beings December 31, 2012 at 07:03 #

    I completely understand the after-Christmas exhaustion. But I have a sincere suggestion…you CAN’T refer to yourself as middle-aged. You’re so much younger than I am, and I have only recently admitted to middle-age myself. If you plan to live to be more than 100, and I think that’s a reasonable “goal,” you’ll see that you have some time before you need to admit middle age.

    My Happy New Year gift to you! I play games with reality ALL the time! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife January 2, 2013 at 10:48 #

      Hmm…have to think about this. I don’t mind living to over a 100, so long as I’m not still making Christmas Dinner 🙂


      • Three Well Beings January 3, 2013 at 05:09 #

        I intend to be like Maggie Smith in her Downton Abbey role when I’m older. I’m working on it now, but I’ll have it perfected by then. I won’t be doing any housework at all!


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