I’m just about to put some up but to be honest my heart isn’t really in it. I used to love it all that. But now I can’t seem to muster the energy. He is sanguine about it. He doesn’t like this time of the year and would rather it passed him by. I, however, do like the lights and the carols and once I’ve put some up I will be more in the spirit. I miss so much of what it used to be and can’t be. Heigh ho. Many are alone or in pain or grieving as yesterday so poignantly showed me.

By Ellen Bell

Artist and writer currently living in Aberystwyth.