This Week’s Moments of Gratitude: Books, Plays and Holiday Games

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” 
― Marcel Proust

A short highlight reel of the little things that have brought me moments of joy this week:

1.) Boxing Day Gift Giving

We had Christmas Day at my parents then spent Boxing Day with Joel’s family having a sort of second Christmas Day. We did a Secret Santa, which would have reduced the presents significantly. Though somehow there were still masses.

2.) Manifesto: On Never Giving Up by Bernadine Evaristo

I’ve wanted this book since the moment I discovered Bernadine Evaristo was writing a non-fiction. I adored Girl Woman Other, her Booker prize winning novel.

3.) Angels in America

I never got to see this play live at the National (it was eight hours long, not including the intervals, shown in two parts). But I did manage to get down to the National Theatre Archive Room to watch the first part, which was amazing. (Never quite got round to watching the second part, which is four hours long.) The NT Archive room is open to everyone by appointment, you can watch recordings of past productions for free.

4.) Iced biscuits

My gorgeous friend Cathy made us biscuits and put together a little icing kit. Maia decorated these with her Grandma.

Otherwise known as just “games”. I’ve never played so many in such a short period of time. (Meaning all the days between Christmas and New Year). Boggle, Dobble, Truth or False, Uno, Guess Who, Articulate…I quickly regress back into a childlike state during my most favourite games, having the best time but also unnecessarily invested in the outcome.
We shall definitely be making it part of our weekend routine to play more games as a family in 2022.


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