…and the goose is getting fat. As is the Christmas lurgy. Has it got you yet? It has me. In fact, last night I took two Night Nurse (my wonder drug) and slept through until 10.30am this morning. This is unheard of for me – I usually wake up at five. Suffice to say, I felt a whole lot better but half the day was gone by the time I got there. It’s discombobulated me, hence the late entry of my blog tonight.

Christmas is always a difficult time for those people who are in pursuit of parenthood or who are childless not by choice. It’s the same for the many children in the world who, for whatever reason, aren’t able to be part of their own happy family either. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the similarities between us and there will be more from me on this in the future so keep reading this space… But, for now, if you’re worried about the week ahead, I also know some brilliant people who have written and spoken about how to cope with Christmas without the family you long for. I would highly recommend you take a listen to Fertility Poddy’s latest post on the subject. It could be the best present you give yourself!

As for me, well, my answer is to keep very busy so there’s no time to think about what I haven’t got. But that does, of course, make you very susceptible to the Christmas lurgy…