It is the Eve of Christmas Eve and for the first time I feel quite organized. I've just wrapped all the pressies so there will be no rush tomorrow night. My daughter, who is 11, and thankfully and magically still believes, has written her letter to Santa - which is certainly handy as I will have some idea about what I'm responding to this year. My husband has made a cheesecake today and will be making his yule log tomorrow, we have in all the veggies and free range pork mince for our stuffing, the turkey is ordered and only has to be collected and we are in good shape for having 11 of us for Christmas dinner on Saturday. I just pulled out my Christmas Tree Spode plates for Christmas dinner and getting out my linens to iron.
I wanted to wish all my followers and new blogging, Twitter and Facebook friends a very Happy Holiday season however or where-ever you are celebrating. But I especially want to wish you all the best for a Healthy and Prosperous 2012. It's been a tough year for so many people all over the world and I hope that it gets easier for everyone next year.
Last weekend in the Irish Times there was a competition to write to Santa - as as I was mad busy, I missed submitting an entry so I just thought I'd write him a letter now.
To be honest I have everything I need this Christmas. I have a loving husband and a beautiful daughter who are both in good health. I have two nutty but wonderful Labradors, Frida and Sugar, who drive us all a bit mad but they are family. I received great news yesterday that my kidneys have not deteriorated more in the last 7 months- ( I have kidney disease but things are holding steady) which is good because I have big plans for 2012 and I'll need all the energy I can get!
I have an amazing group of friends here in Nenagh that have helped me through those rough spots and celebrated all the good ones too. I also have many new friends I've met via Twitter and Facebook throughout the year. It's been quite a year.
I've got a wonderful family in America- my parents, a brother, a new niece, sister in law, aunts, an uncle, and cousins that keep in touch and are close to my heart even though we are far away.
So why am I writing to you?
Well, it's simple. I want the people in Ireland to recognize that as a country we have so much to offer the world. Through my blogging and job I've met many amazing talented people who believe in themselves and have set out on a mission to create beautiful product or start up innovative new businesses despite the recession.
Ireland needs to believe again. Believe in the country, believe that we can change the future, believe that we have the strength and courage to move forward and change for the better. We need to celebrate small victories, small steps in the right direction, we need to start saying... We Can and We Will. Put your mind to it and in time, step by step we'll get there.
Give everyone hope and persistence and the stamina to get through this recession so we come out fighting on the other side. Oh, and please keep them healthy too because without our health we can do nothing.
Thank you Santa and God Bless.