Normal life returns as the school bell rings...
Pressure to keep the kids entertained over Christmas had us hoping it would all be over soon, writes Sarah Caden
For many of us the annual detox begins tomorrow. Even if we returned to work last week, Christmas ends for real tomorrow, when the school gates reopen and the children return to the routine.
Then, and only then, will it all be over. Then, and only then, will reality come back into effect. Our minds will turn to eating properly, quitting the drink and shoe-horning some exercise into our busy lives. Part of the cleansing process, it seems, is clearing our lives of the children once again.
We so look forward to Christmas - the break, the self-indulgence and the rosy-glow time together. Then no sooner have the school holidays commenced than the "when are they back to school?" and "what will I do with them?" moaning begins.