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By Sam Gibb | 4 January 2013 | Comments (1)

I’ll be honest, most of my New Year’s resolutions last about as long as the career of a Chelsea manager under the Russian mafia, six weeks in and if I’m still going it’s a record! So the temptation for me has always been to not bother at all, or to make meaningless achievable resolutions.


she speaks/he speaks: preparing for Christmas

By Sam Gibb | 23 November 2011 | Comments (1)

As a mother of four girls I used to look forward to Christmas the same way my mother - also of four children - did: with doom and gloom. Rather than a glorious celebration of family, feasting and fun, all I looked forward to was the endless lists to tick off, novel presents to buy for my ever-growing family and innumerable God-children. Cards, presents, food preparation, decorating the house, let alone fitting in nativity plays, Christmas concerts and church prayer evenings. When did I ever turn into such a scrooge and such a kill joy? It all had something to do with setting my sights on perfection. The perfect day, present, outfit, family gathering, the perfect meal, - oh and let’s not forget the perfect homemade Christmas card. My pursuit of perfection of course never quite happened, and each year I vowed I would start earlier, plan better, buy a bigger freezer perhaps. I had become a slave to the ‘perfect Christmas’.