Diary of a widower: “Christmas will be a different affair this year.  But oddly enough, I'm looking forward to it.

Diary of a widower: “Christmas will be a different affair this year. But oddly enough, I’m looking forward to it.

Kate loved Christmas. She would plan every minute detail and delight in every part of it. By now she would have done all the Christmas shopping. And wrapped. And hidden in some corner or niche around the house. Our twins’ birthday is mid-December too, so the birthday presents would have been sorted as well. And of course packed. There would be a plan what we would cook. And when and for whom. It was a logistical operation, planned with military precision.

his approach was at odds with my laissez-faire approach to festivals. This usually caused tension. She asked me so many questions about Christmas that at one point I got mad and we ended up fighting. Usually it was about the effort it takes to cook a real turkey. Soon after, I would board the Christmas train again. Bah Humbugs would be forgotten and the festive season would be in full swing.

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