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A change is as good as a rest? Well I'll test that out myself at Christmas

I love the saying: "A change is as good as a rest."

My mother used to say this when we were young. I remember she would have to rearrange the beds in our room to accommodate another child coming along (Not any random child, of course - a young sibling who was moving into the big kids' room).

We would all feel that we were in a brand new room in a brand new house.

Changing how we do something can be challenging. And with Christmas around the corner, we all decide if we will celebrate it the same way or do it differently.

Last week I was talking to the lovely lady who works in my local sandwich shop. She was telling me that since her mother had passed away this year, she wanted to do things differently.


She was going to pack up the family and head to Lanzarote for the week. I will be doing things differently this year as my mother has sold the family home and she will be having the Christmas gathering in her new place.

Although I have spent the last few years with her and my sister getting into a thoroughly enjoyable tradition, we will make a new one in Mam's new home.

I have also decided to take off on a mini road trip on my own on St Stephens Day. I will hop on a plane to Bristol and drive to a couple of tiny villages along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall.

I have booked a cottage overlooking the water at Appledore and then I will drive to the village of Clovelly, where I will have to park the car at the top of the village and make my way down the pedestrian streets to the hotel on the harbour.

The older we get, the less we like to change. But I'm a sucker for shaking things up. Yes, a change is as good as a rest, but it can be more. It can be thrilling, scary, rewarding and damn good fun.