Monday, 24 December 2007

But once a year...

The Seasonal Shop, Worcester Park

The annual panic has descended on Worcester Park today. Well, we are faced with the prospect of one whole day without the shops open.

I'm ashamed to admit that I fuelled the festive crush by joining the mad (but middle class) looting spree in Waitrose, and even the charity shops were busy (I thought you were supposed to take your Christmas pressies to charity shops, not buy them there).

I arrived home with a bag of chestnuts from Ross's. Goodness only knows why, but I managed to squeeze them in to the 'things you don't actually like but feel stangely compelled to buy once a year' box, alongside the sprouts, figs in syrup and 'Eat Me' dates.

The fridge is full to bursting, the cupboards overflowing with goodies - and yet we've just realised there's nothing to eat for this evening. How on earth does that work??

If you're at a loose end tonight (and don't mind the intrusion of religion into Christmas - perish the thought) then I highly recommend the Midnight Mass (11.30pm) at St Dunstan's Church, up the hill in Cheam Village. If you aren't feeling festive already, then an hour of insense and carols by candlelight will surely win you over.

A very Happy Christmas to one and all in Worcester Park!