The morning of the big day has come. Tonight, the festivities will happen here in Guylty Towers. After a gift-wrapping marathon, all presents are displayed and ready under the tree.
I have a little bit of work to do for my job this morning, but otherwise it will be a relaxed day with nothing much to prepare. Maybe a little Christmas cleaning and tidying up the kitchen for our dinner this evening. As is tradition in our house, we will have the most iconic German meal for dinner – fried sausages with sauerkraut and potatoes. A meal that needs little to no prep. 👍🏻 And afterwards we will move into the sitting room, light the candles on the tree
note to self: place water bucket in sitting room and unwrap the Christmas gifts. We’ll miss my mum. And fingers crossed that my son will be with us, too, because much to my chagrin, he informed us last night that he was identified as a close contact of someone who has come down with Covid. He’s taking several anti-gen tests yesterday and today, to find out if he has caught anything. I am trying *very* hard not to be angry, on this day of all days. I had asked my son to be considerate and tone down his social life in the run-up to Christmas Eve, in order to avoid any such eventualities, and of course he was too tempted into continuing his modus operandi as if times were normal… I would be very disappointed if he can’t be with us this evening. But well, I don’t want to let that dampen the mood.
2021 has been challenging for all of us. Loved ones lost or ill, work heavily impacted, and travel and socialising constricted. But there are many things to be grateful for, and Christmas Eve the day to remember it. Despite many challenges, we have stayed healthy this year and avoided the plague. Mr Guylty and I have had our booster shots, and both kids have not had Covid. I am also thankful for the fun and support this fandom has provided this year. People sneer about internet-based “relationships”, but hey, in these times, our online-based circle of friends has proved to be the safest kind of fun there is! Social distancing? Not necessary with my fandom friends 😉. We may be far apart in terms of geography, but we have come together and created distraction and entertainment for ourselves. And we have done some good with not one but *two* massively successful fundraisers. A huge big thank you to Mr. A at this point, for joining in and providing the top-selling item for our big birthday bash fundraiser. And an equally big thank you to all of you for being part of the fundraisers. They have been the highlights of my year, and I am grateful beyond words. And as bad as 2021 may have been, at least in our fandom circle we can look back on it as a *positively* special year, with the wonderful memory of having achieved two amazing donations for a great cause. That is a gift that will stay with us – and with those we have benefitted – forever. Thank you and…
❤️ MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL ❤️
Finally, have you opened the last window in this year’s RAdvent CalendRA? As a little entertainment to while away the time until the “big gift event”, I bring you the whole lot, from 1 to 24, for a little laugh and distraction. I hope you enjoyed the little bits of daily silliness. I had so much fun designing the “vintage ads” and coming up with silly little ideas that might represent the various chaRActers. And it was all inspired by an idea I had had for the fundraiser sale. I wanted to print those cotton bags with a vintage ad design, and Thornton’s Marlborough Mills were the result (Day 1). And then it snow-balled from there ☃… Now I have 24 designs I could print on cotton bags 😂… Anyway, I posted the first 10 ads in an earlier post so there are 14 missing. I have put all 24 ads into a gallery for you. (You can click on the images to enlarge.)
Finally, if you have scrolled all the way down here, maybe you can answer the poll below (and just say “polled” in the comments below, just in case)… (NOTE: The day/number of the ads is visible if you hover your mouse over the image.) Once the results come in, I might upload the winning design into Redbubble or Society6, have something fun made, and pick a winner
or two from the poll entries… Or if you have an idea on what kind of item the individual ads might look good on, let me know in the comments, too.