Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Best Christmas Ever in the Bruce Household

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Best Christmas Ever in the Bruce Household

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Byline: LINDSAY BRUCE The chaotic life of a working mum

IF there wasn't a giant plant in the corner of my room brandishing sparkling lights and ornaments - and the fact that every bin within a half mile radius of my living room is overflowing - it would be impossible to detect that Christmas has happened.

But it did. My decreasing bank balance and my increasing waistline is testament to it. Actually, it was one of my best ever. Picture the scene...

December 23rd: Despite my whole "I'm in recovery" status, the impending arrival of my mum, my brother and his baby meant the house had to be cleaned and prepared for the royal visit.

"Och you didny need tae bother..." may have been the refrain, but given the woman made me repaint our entire house and clean inside every, single cupboard the week leading up to my wedding "in case" the in-laws somehow got lost and ended up trapped inside a very small but - gasp - "off white" airing cupboard, I knew cleanliness would lead to a happy Christmas.

So clean I did, they arrived and a happy evening was had by all.

Christmas Eve: regardless of the fact my cupboards were so full an extra room had been commandeered to be "acting larder" during the festive period, my mother insisted on going out for a "few wee bits". We braved traffic to return home with a mixed haul from three different supermarkets. Not so much finger food as JCB scoop food! I would have needed a tray had I only wanted one of everything on offer.

This was before the giant cheese pizzas arrived for our traditional watching of Home Alone.

We also sat together, by candlelight and my children attempted to read the Christmas story from the Bible.

We made it through Elizabeth being pregnant with John but when Micah described Mary and Joseph as "jolly forks" instead of "godly folk" I took over.

Another lovely night full of smiling and laughter. I went to bed wondering what felt wrong. Christmas Day: 4.30am my offspring arose and attempted to wake the rest of the house.

With my mum sleeping in the living room, my niece in the spare room and my brother bunked in with the boys it was imperative their little plan didn't come off the ground. …

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