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Home for Christmas

Well hopefully. I have a worst travel record than the captain of The Titanic. BA managed to get the Bermuda flight into Gatwick this morning, a feat I hope it can repeat on Wednesday night.

Once landed on Thursday morning we will drive the relative hop into Kent to pick up my son, that’s if two junctions along the M25 can be considered a hop? We then travel up into Oxfordshire to decamp at my defacto sister-in-law’s until Boxing Day. Snow is expected in the Wallingford area, which is where all my other half’s family (within a 5 mile radius) live.

I have always loved Christmas Eve. Whether it was standing on tip-toes on my parents landing for hours looking up into the sky to spot Santa before being forced to bed, or out drinking with my mates, or wrapping presents for kids, it has always held an real sense of excitement for me. 

Amongst my other half’s family on Christmas Eve, it is customary to mix some funky cocktails at home before joining up with the local torchlight parade, followed by a bit of carol singing and then head to the welcoming sanctuary of the local pub. Country pubs, like a proper chicken madras should always form part of my trips back home. 

Christmas Day we are at my brother-in-laws, yes still defacto. On the plus side is that they have this ruddy huge house, where kids, dogs and cats run riot but that is cancelled out by the fact his wife is nowhere near as good a cook as my other half’s sister.

On Boxing Day we make the long journey down to my parents in East Sussex. The drive will coincide with the Southampton game, if on. Here we will share our 2nd Christmas of gift swapping and eating like we’ve never seen a turkey and pickle sandwich before, although I do hope my Mum has got a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in as I’ve been craving one for weeks.

We are at my parents for a few days, which will be nice although a visit to Portsmouth to see some of my other half’s relatives is a possibility. The day we play Brighton, which is an easy drive from my parents along the A27, we are expected at my brothers, who has just moved into a new place in Shoreditch. Again shocking planning, especially as a good Brighton mate of mine would have got my son and I a ticket.

We’ll looking forward to seeing my brother though and he and his girlfriend will look after us for a night before we head out to the wilds of Essex for the rest of our trip. First stop is Shenfield, where we will spend New Years Eve before another stopover in Gidea Park for New Years Day to see friends who left Bermuda less than a month ago.

New Years Day does represent the best chance I have of seeing the Addicks in the flesh. Colchester is less than an hour by car. Of course if I really wanted to, subject to it all kicking off and living in the dog house over the festive season, I could probably get to all three games but whether it is priorities or a general malaise I give myself a 20% chance of seeing one game, particularly knowing that the weather will be a real hindrance. 

So 10 nights, 5, towns, 5 beds, hundreds of miles. Like a Deep Purple concert without the rock ‘n roll!

Meanwhile our house has been like a doctors surgery this past weekend, with my two girls ill. Hopefully they can get better, the weather behaves and we can get home for Christmas.

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  1. Kings Hill Addick #

    Terry’s have a whole tin of different flavoured chocolate orange segments – including one with ‘Space Dust’. I mean the 80s sweet, not some new weird drug.

    We bought a run for Christmas a few weeks ago. We have since had to replace it and I’m not convinced we won’t need to buy a third one before the Fat Man comes.

    December 20, 2010
  2. Mum, if you’re reading this – please add a Terry’s tin to my Christmas List. Ta x

    December 20, 2010
  3. Matty #

    I really do wish you the best of luck with all that travelling and that the weather allows u to make every stop u need to make as for not being able make the 3 festive games all i have to say enjoy the times with the family and dont worry to much i cant imagine southampton kicking off as im predicting frozen pitch and if valley will suffer with that problem highly likely that brighton and colchester could do aswell hope they dont but aint looking to promising with the weather at the moment


    P.S to any addicks who read this especially to who wrote this have very safe journeys if u need to travel anywhere over the festive season


    December 20, 2010
  4. Charlton Lane Dave #

    CA – You will do well to keep to that schedule, especially if the freezing temperatures don’t break. We’re due 5-10cm pf snow this evening that will shut everything down for another couple of days. I am due at my Aunt’s in Kent for Christmas Day but we’ve bought a reserve turkey and all the trimmings. I can’t see the Southanpton game being on. The lack of transport and snow-covered streets will probably put paid to that. Brighton must be a doubt too. Colchester could be the next one we play. I hope you are clutching a St Christopher.

    December 21, 2010
  5. SLC Red #

    My wife has imported six Terry’s Chocolate Oranges for the six of us, Flakes, Topics, Chocolate Buttons and HP Sauce. Only 44 inches of snow in the last 48 hours. Enjoy the season and drive safely.

    December 21, 2010
  6. 44 inches – now that is real snow. And can you get to work SLC? I bet by diddly you can!

    I was watching the Vikings v Bears game last night in -17 degrees with snow surrounding the stadium. Different world.

    December 21, 2010
    • SLC Addick #

      With a combination of military grade drive heaters, snow ploughs and 4 wheel drive, I have only not got to work once in eight years. Four feet came down during the day and it was fun but impossible. It was boxing day so I gave up. Oh and the airport has heated runways so only closes for lightning.

      December 22, 2010
  7. Pembury Addick #

    Phew – I’m going to have a sit down after reading your xmas programme CA! Mind you, from your travlogs I suspect this is a mere local walk in the park for you – apart from those two M25 stops…

    by the way you were right – no pinkies left. Got him a yellow kit instead – not sure I can wait until his birthday in Feb to see it though…

    Have a damn fine xmas CA

    December 21, 2010
    • ChicagoAddick #

      Pembury, and to you mate. Hope to share a pint with you in 2011

      December 24, 2010

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