The C-Word will, of course, be upon us with a certain inevitability on the 25th of this month whether we have "organised" it or not. But it is ordained that the two or three week run up to a day of over-eating and over-slurping shall be a whirlwind of chaotic panic. And who am I to go against such tradition?
All of which adds up to something of a lack of activity on these pages. That's just how it is at the moment and a more frequent service will return at some not very distant point in the future. After the godawful trip to Plymouth's crowded shops has been endured. After the venison has been roasted and consumed. After Milly and Trickers return northward after spending the festive days with us.
Which brings me to why I started wittering here this morning.
Following another (more recent) tradition, I'm going to ask you to cast your mind(s) forward to New Year's Eve.
Once again, Mrs The Millbrooker and I will be offering house room to any whom we know, and who know where Millbrooker Towers is, on our usual free and easy basis...
Doors open around 7:30 in the pm.
Please feel free to come and go as you wish - we really don't mind if you drop in for a few minutes, an hour or for the whole evening - it's "open house", not a formal party.
It's perfectly ok to have a few drinks and then go on to see in the New Year somewhere else, if that's what you'd like to do.
Entertainment will be whatever happens along - might be CDs,
might be live (as it was last year - see photo above).
Some years we have had a no more than a merry half dozen people with us at midnight.
Some years it's been 30 or so.
We're very happy either way.
We'll try to start levering people back out of the door around 1am-ish.
If you do think you're likely to stay for more than a quick glug of wine,
please bring a contribution to the wine/beer lake.
That's it - simple, really.
Hope to see some of you there.