Olympics and Jubilee mean that 2012 will be party time

Inspiration: Madeleine Shaw

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I’m excited at the prospect of a new year. I wonder what it will hold for me and my family and the rest of the UK?

We have so much to look forward to in 2012. There’s the Olympics being held on home soil and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for starters. Two great excuses for a party, I’d say.

As we end one year and begin the next, there are so many possibilities. It’s a time of hope and optimism.

Yes, I know that the past few years have been pretty hard on most of us – I don’t think there have been many who haven’t felt the pinch of the recession.

But it looks like things are getting better, my friends. I certainly hope so.

Small steps, but we’re getting there! Happy Christmas and happy new year.