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Virtual Christmas lunch. Sunday December 20, 2015

I would like to invite all Moodscopers to my 'virtual' Christmas lunch, date and time to be arranged.

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'Granny's' Home Made Soup.

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Traditional Turkey with all the trimmings (vegetarian option available).

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Cheese and crackers

For starter, I will be 'serving' homemade soup using granny's old recipe which is so comforting and heartwarming on these cold days. While enjoying the soup I would like to ask you to think of people you know for whom this time of year is difficult. Their first Christmas without a loved one. Their first Christmas on their own following a relationship breakdown.

We all know someone who finds this time of year difficult for whatever reason. So for starters why don't you pick up the phone or text them and let them know that you are thinking of them with some comforting, warm, kind words.

Main Course will be traditional Turkey with all the trimmings or vegetarian option. While tucking into this course please remember that for some, a traditional Christmas dinner will be a dream and instead they will be eating whatever they can afford.

So when you are next in the Supermarket why don't you buy a couple of extras and donate them to a local food bank. Just think if we all donated a couple of items then many people could potentially enjoy a meal without worrying of the cost and all thanks to the generosity of the wonderful Moodscope members.

For dessert I thought cheese and crackers. Once again, as you munch your way through the array of different cheeses and crackers I will be serving I would ask you to spare a thought this time for the people who find this time of year difficult due to disability or mental health issues.

For those suffering mental health issues this is a time of year they dread. They are expected to be happy and excited as everyone else but inside they want to scream out that they can't just turn on their 'happy mode' and so many will walk about with a big 'cheesy' smiles but underneath it all they would rather hide in a darkened room until the New Year.

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays.

Katie
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.


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Comments

the room above the garage Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 7:45am

Genius on a page! Thank you Katie, what a brilliant idea, count me in! :-)

Debs Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 7:48am

This is such a beautiful blog Katie and a great reminder to think of others at what can be a crazy, materialistic time of year. I look forward to getting together with the other moodscopers and sending a collective prayer to everyone who needs our love and support. With love and mince pies to all xxxx

LillyPet Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 8:25am

Me three Katie, a perfect 3 course meal for this time of the year. Thank you!
LP xx

Mary Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 8:52am

Bless you Katie. As RATG says - just pure genius! Thank you very much; I'll be there.

Ian Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 9:10am

Thanks Katie, this is so inspirational, today I am celebrating, I have achieved my highest score of 57, in July this year I was regularly bumping off 0, I'm coming to your meal ,

Frankie Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 3:03pm

Hooray! Cheering you on from the sidelines Ian and thank-you for sharing with us so that we know recovery is possible! Frankie

LillyPet Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 9:25pm

That's phenomenal Ian! Congrats! LP :)

Katie Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 11:02am

Thanks for all your comments. This is the first time I've written a blog for Moodscope. I wrote it last year when I was in a bad place. I'd split with my husband, was on my own with no money and had to put on the happy face. This year I'm in a better place but know that others will be where I was. I look forward to 'seeing' as many of you that can come. Katie x

susan Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 1:27pm

Hi Katie, glad this Christmas sees you in a better place. Your blog is so thoughtful. Delighted to accept your invitation! xx

Frankie Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 3:04pm

Me too - I'll be there! Thank-you Katie - simply beautiful... Frankie

Dolphin Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 5:25pm

A lovely thoughtful meal - thank you. Last year was also my first alone, but last night I became conscious that I was content - the depression is not depleting at the moment - and blessed with the privileges I have - friends, travel, a refuge (my flat whose small size seems to make it even more a cosy nest).
By the way, there are also those charities that host a Christmas meal for the homeless. I am conscious of how easy it is to become homeless, especially those who are mentally fragile, so this is something I always contribute to.

Nicola Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 5:52pm

This is lovely Katie, thank you x

Rebecca Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 6:34pm

Lovely idea, count me in, vege option please!x

The Gardener Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 7:54pm

Lovely idea and sentiments that, Katie. The dread of this lovely festival is quite widespread - not just the horrendous challenge of trying to be cheerful when you want to stay in bed. The obverse are people who mean to be kind and throw a pall over their own family Christmas. Three times we've been here in France at Christmas (this is the 4th) - and the neighbours, with mis-placed kindness, are determined that you must not be alone. We joined next-doors's Christmas lunch a few years ago - we did our social best, but it was only too obvious that strangers were NOT wanted at the family feast. The next year, most unusual, we were also at home. Diplomatically, we took ourselves to a sort of 'commune' Catholic funded but run by a laic group. There were a few families - it was really good- near the sea, stacks of space inside, and ad hoc entertainements enjoyed by all. Midnight mass, not obligatory, was in their beautiful chapel, and everybody seemed to be excellent singers. There were a lot of lonely 'odd-balls' but they were absorbed by the rest. We found, as in other 'commune' type places, that communal preparation of vegetables and washing up can lead to fascinating conversations. Only suffering, no wine, because they also served as a 'drying out' centre. But there were excellent bars a lovely walk by the sea (not that we are dipsos, you understand).

Garry Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 8:26pm

Thanks, baked a cake today, going to share it with friends, neighbors

LillyPet Sun, Dec 20th 2015 @ 9:32pm

Nice one Garry! Yum, what flavour? LP :)

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