Take time to relax and reflect this Christmas

MANIC is definitely the word to describe this week. We’ve been flat out in the LymeOnline office putting together a bumper 32-page festive edition – plenty of reading material to get you through Christmas and the New Year!

Visits from Father Christmas, carol singing, turkey dinners and festive fundraisers have filled up my diary, topped with a town council double bill this week to ensure all business was dealt with before close of play.

Meanwhile my Christmas ‘to do’ list is getting bigger by the minute; the tree is up but I’ve still a load of gifts to buy and I haven’t written a single card!

It is a wonderful time to spend in Lyme Regis, but I’ve barely had a minute to enjoy the festive atmosphere over the past week.

Still, the end is in sight and as you read this I’ll be packing up the office for a two-week Christmas break (yes, two whole weeks!).

Of course, just because I’ll be out of office doesn’t mean I’ll be completely off duty; you’ll still see me at all the major Christmas events and our website and social media will continue to be updated with the latest news.

But I’ll have a little more time to make the most of Christmas in Lyme… and tick everything off my list!

Carols Around the Tree is a favourite with my family, this year to be held on Monday, December 23 at 7pm in Broad Street.

I’ve even sent my Irish brother-in-law a CD of traditional English carols and hymns after discovering he didn’t learn the songs growing up in Galway. Barry – I hope you’ve been practising!

And I’ll be out on Christmas morning taking photos of all those brave enough for a chilly dip off Charmouth beach in aid of the RNLI – another event that has become a firm part of my Christmas traditions.

The run-up to Christmas can be stressful, but I hope whatever you’re doing you find some time to relax, reflect on the year gone by and relish the community spirit of Lyme Regis – always at its best this time of year.

Thank you to all our readers and advertisers for another year of your support. After refreshing over the Christmas break, our first printed paper of the New Year will be out on January 10 and we have some exciting new plans for 2020 that we can’t wait to develop and share with you.

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