The one before the big day


With us on the cusp of Christmas, I’d like to wish you all good luck during the festive break. Given the crazy times in which we find ourselves, I think we could all do with a day off from the merry-go-round. 🙂 I take hope you (and yours) remain safe and well, whatever you’re up to, and whoever you’re with. ❤️

I’d also like to express note of thanks to those of you who’ve visited and engaged with this little blog. With 2020 putting the brakes on so much, having a place to share thoughts and ideas has really helped, so thank you. On a blogging note, the time gain through not commuting means I have more creative energy – even if the quality hasn’t increased 😁 – so getting in two posts a week (give or take a bit) has felt very rewarding. I had planned a Look Back post for December, but it’s quite clear I’ve got a limited wardrobe when it comes to party frocks. 🙂 Still, a quick look in the archives did bring this happy memory of Christmas Outfits Past. 🙂

The Jones Family are – like many people this year – having a quiet Christmas. After the government nonsense, ongoing COVID19 malarkey, and – understandably – vulnerable/elderly relatives isolating: it may well be for the best. I am looking forward to a change, so fingers crossed it goes well eh?

Cosy and quiet, please

On a family note, it’s the social aspect I think I’ll find so different. It’s that fine balance between fun and hard work. Sometimes too many guests – or a lot of travel – pushes the fun back and brings the tiredness levels up. Quieter may be better.

As the Every Lovely Mrs J pointed out, we can do something special for others at any time. Like with resolutions: if its important to you, why wait? So it was that we’ve cooked and delivered (at a social distance) good to Mrs J’s folks. They might not be able to join us in person, but hopefully they’ll be able to join us in spirit.

Luckily we’d planned a quiet one well before the new lockdown was announced, so we’re not overstocked with food. If you are and you can’t store it, please do think of food banks and charities who may be able to use it.

So, good luck over this festive break and I hope it goes as well as it can.

Stay safe,


  1. Merry Christmas, Lynn. Stay safe and healthy. Thanks for sharing so much over the years.

    Oh, btw, that link didn’t work. I so wanted to see your party frock -:)

    Calie x

    1. Thanks Calie and here’s to you and yours over the festive holidays. Thanks for keeping T-Central running. Here’s to keeping safe and well into the new year and beyond.

      Sorry about the link, I think I’ve fixed that now.

  2. Hi Lynn
    Best wishes for the season to you and yours. Hope it is indeed relaxed and peaceful for you.
    And thanks for your expanded blog this year, it’s been interesting discussing everything from ankle straps to Zoom meetings. You’ve actually inspired me to blog more too (which might not be a good thing but, hey, it’s my blog and I’ll burble if I want to).
    Sue x

    1. Burble away by all means, Sue. 🙂 The more the merrier.

      Thanks for the kind words and good luck to you over the remains of this year and here’s hoping 2021 goes well.

  3. Thank you for brightening up so many days for us all. I like so many will be spending this Christmas alone, but with FaceTime, sparkly outfit and high heels I will be having a virtual get together with my girlfriends.

    I will raise a glass (or two) to you , your family and all the lovely ladies who read your blog.

    Faye x

    1. Merry Christmas, Faye, and thanks for dropping by. I hope your virtual get together goes well and steady with the glass raising. 😁

      I may push the boat out and have a Bailey’s once the wrapping is done and we’re back from our traditional walk by the river. Stay safe! 👍

  4. Merry Christmas Lynn (and The Ever Lovely Mrs Jones)! My Christmas is almost unchanged as I only spend it with my closest family, and they’re all within my support bubble. The big difference is not seeing aunts and uncles, and close friends.

    Lets see what 2021 brings us 🙂

    1. Good to hear your Christmas will be fairly unaffected, Pandora. I hope it all goes without too much fuss and here’s to 2021 being a kinder year to you and yours.

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