Twelve of us and a massive tree was quite a squeeze

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So life is back to normal after Christmas and new year. I hate normal, but I’m looking forward to what 2016 might bring. I hope you are too.

On New Year’s Day we had my clan over. There were 12 of us all crammed into our tiny lounge. Given the size of our Christmas tree, that was quite a task.

Each year our tree quite literally takes over half the living room, so you can imagine the challenge of getting 12 people in and feeding them as well.

We don’t have a dining room, so everyone had to eat on his or her lap, or on the floor – seriously. But we did it.

At least we can say we hosted over the festive period and that goes a long way in my family, given that everyone else hosts all the time.

Last Saturday we had Matt’s family over for dinner and there were eight of us.

I think as you get older your priorities change and you start looking at things differently. Perhaps this means I’m growing up

Again it was a lovely, albeit cramped, evening,.

But it was important to me to have everyone over, not just because we should rightly take our turn, but also because we intend to move house this year (or at least that’s the plan).

So I wanted one last Crimbo with the family before we start new traditions and new gatherings in a new home.

Again I say that’s the plan, but who knows what this year will bring?

I’m excited though. Nervous too, I guess, because I never know what’s round the corner.

That’s one of the reasons I love what I do, working freelance in the media.

But it does keep you on your toes and sometimes that’s not always a good thing.

There’s a lot to be said for a ‘normal job’, so don’t ever underestimate the power of knowing what you’re doing, where you’re going and what you’ll be paid each month.

Having said all that, I know that lack of job security comes with the territory.

But I think as you get older your priorities change and you start looking at things differently. Perhaps this means I’m growing up.

Or perhaps it just means I’m becoming a boring old whatsit – either way I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring and I certainly hope you’re excited too.