Well another Christmas been and gone, so to speak!
In the time of festive cheer and goodwill to all I am once again faced with the selfishness of some. My two single aunts always spend Christmas Day together for as long as I can remember. The single one would visit the divorced one and her children and spend Christmas Day with them having Christmas lunch together. This has been the habit/ritual for as long as I can remember.
Even though the children are all grown up and only the youngest sharing the family house they still spend Christmas together, so the single aunt who is older just went through a knee replacement operation a couple of weeks ago.
So the elder aunt is unable to travel across to her sister's home for the Christmas lunch so common sense would dictate the other aunt who is mobile travel to the other aunt's flat and prepare/have lunch there. But her excuse not to do this is that she would have to pay for a taxi both ways on Christmas Day which is one of the two most expensive days to travel via cab in the year.
So my single aunt has been alone all day and only got Christmas lunch because a neighbour upon hearing she would be alone for Christmas is bringing her lunch over from her house so at least she would get a proper Christmas lunch.
Never mind that the immobile aunt has had to pay the same taxi fares each way every Christmas for more than 20 years. Rather poor excuse if you ask me to leave a relation alone on Christmas Day given the many years she's spent with them on Christmas and paid taxi fares herself every time.
Unfortunately we had our own family to see to today and I'm unable to travel due to ill health and all my limited store of energy is gone with the travelling we had today to my brother's.
I think a cousin of mine finding out she would be alone all Christmas Day is going to try to get across and spend some time with her so that's she's not alone all day. Merry Christmas indeed.