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The twenty-fourth of December

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house...
everyone was running around, frantically wrapping presents, cleaning, avoiding the hailstones outside, and trying to hide presents from each other.

There's only so much I can do to contribute at this point. I'm fighting off a cold - congestion, low fever - and anyways, it's unwise to have me tidy things up when I don't know where they go. At least I can wrap my share of presents! On the bright side, the traditionally-British constant supply of tea is wonderful for my throat.

It's been raining persistantly. A white Christmas is forecast for much of the UK, but I'm not sure Preston will be included this time around. I ventured into town yesterday for one last round of Christmas shopping. Town was a mass of humanity, but, strangely, not inconveniently so. It was as if a movie company had hired a lot of people to walk around making town look crowded without actually doing very much. No one was ever in my way when I wanted to look at some product or other, and the queues were all really short.

The most festive moment of my day so far was being offered a mincemeat pie from a trayful immediately upon entering the local supermarket.

Merry Christmas (and happy everything else which is celebrated around now)!


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Dec. 24th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, commiserations - the third person on my reading list to be coming down with seasonal something since I logged in this evening! So sorry to hear this, and hope it clears up soon.
Dec. 24th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you, and a good stay in Britain.
Dec. 24th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
BTW, now that you're across the pond, you may enjoy looking at eggs bacons chips and beans.com, a site on old tea-shops by one Russell Davies, who on his other site likes to talk about graphic design. He approaches cafés more from a nostalgia than a food-critic point of view, but it's interesting nonetheless.
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