Thank goodness it’s all over. As much as we loved Christmas and New Year, seeing our family and friends, going to Friendship Club discos and generally having a lovely time (oh, and all those presents too) we are relieved to get back to normal. 

You see, we both like routine. The build up to Christmas with people rushing around, presents to buy and wrap, decorations to put up, cards to write, parties to go to – got us both in a bit of a fluster. 

The week before Christmas, we could both quite happily have gone and shut ourselves away in a dark room and watched TV with a fridge full of ready meals and a cupboard full of treats! It felt like the world was going too fast, not unlike a conveyor belt going too quickly, and we wanted to get off. 

My (Adam’s) biggest fear was finding myself in a cycle of worry that the shops would run out of food and that we wouldn’t have anything to eat on Christmas Day. How silly was that, especially in this country where we have endless food. 

What niggles us most though about Christmas is not that there is such a huge build up and work required for one day, but that we think many people seem to have forgotten what Christmas is about. It sometimes feels like it’s all about the presents, the food, the time off work, the parties – but how many of us actually thought about the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day? We also think about the people who find Christmas a difficult time.

So, although we both like Christmas, we are glad it’s a new year and life is back to business as usual!

Adam and William are supported in their editing by The Friendship Club– a project for adults with learning disabilities, run by People First Dorset.