Comfort and Joy by India Knight

By India Knight

If Bridget Jones had ex-husbands, 3 young children, and invited her whole nuclear family over for Christmas... it really is December 23, and Clara Dunphy is working round Oxford road like a bird with its head bring to an end attempting to choose up "a few final- minute bits and bobs." regardless of the rush, the twice-divorced mom of 3 loves Christmas and continually desires to make it ideal. A problem even within the better of occasions, yet really while "family" ability a longer community of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling 16. Is the insanity of Christmas well worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly humorous everywoman who will win over a person who has ever longed to close out the vacations with "a colossal martini . . . and a few olives."

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Maybe I could mix things up a bit and get her a Lord Puppy). There is nothing I can buy her, though obviously I’m going to have to buy her something. The thing is – you wouldn’t think it from this rant, even though it’s true – I really love giving people presents. It gives me pleasure. I put a lot of thought into it. I start early, even if I do finish on the 23rd. And I’ve yet, in adult life, to give Kate something that provokes the kind of reaction I’m after: the gasp of delight, the genuine grin of pleasure that makes you think the whole flipping Christmas faff is worth it.

And then I’d want to laugh wildly, hahahahahaha, to roll around the floor kicking my legs in the air and whooping with incredulous, delighted joy. I didn’t, obviously. But I wanted to. Inside, I whooped. I whooped on our wedding day; and when Maisy was born, I cried with happiness and whooped some more. And then, slowly, the petering. Oh, it kills me. On so many levels, really. But mostly because it’s so sad. I’m like Kate: I believe in romance. But I don’t want to be like Kate and show the strength of my belief by marrying four different men – at the last count, though I think she’s pretty settled with Max.

All is well with the world, and here’s my waiter, and it’s two days to Christmas and oh man, this is nice. This is so nice. A champagne cocktail, I think, rather than a Martini – I have a vague notion that it won’t be as strong. I don’t want to be drunk: my tolerance for alcohol has decreased tragically with age, and these days my hangovers can last up to forty-eight hours. I wouldn’t mind, but they’re so seldom worth it. The white-jacketed cocktail man catches my eye and smiles as he makes my drink, and I am filled with love for humanity.

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