Well, just over the festering season. This year Mrs S and I are having not a Merry Christmas, but a Merry Detox. No belt loosening Turkey dinner this year but light seafood meals, Saunas and Steam rooms. No endless repeats on the TV but fresh air and waterfront walks with perhaps a spot of shorefront fishing. Spa treatments have been booked, and I fully intend spending a good portion of Christmas day lounging in a hot tub with a view over snow clad mountains and lakes, large glass of Quails Gate 2009 Special Reserve Pinot Noir in hand. I may already be there as this is a scheduled post………

Mrs S will be giggling away in the background as she plays with the serious present she’s always wanted, we may Skype with friends and family. We may just zonk out and be massaged and saunaed to a singing glow. I’m really quite dizzy with anticipation.

The traditional Christmas break over here in Canada is much shorter than the UK’s general two week shutdown, but to be honest, I prefer it.