As family Michelsberg enters the home straight towards Christmas, this week has been an emotional roller-coaster.

On Saturday, tears flowed as Daddy’s Darlings, aged 9 and 11, were told their London cousins would not be joining them for Christmas.

Inconsolable, four hours later their racking sobs turned to screams of joy and jumping jubilation, as Bill Bailey lifted the “Strictly Come Dancing” glitterball trophy.

What a cracking programme, with positive energy and glamour oozing from every sweaty, sequined covered pore.

It’s the perfect antidote against all those doom mongering half-cups that lurk round every corner, and the relentless mewing and negativity in the press.

As Bill strutted the stage to Queen’s “The Show Must Go on,” he rightly said, the title itself was a message for us all, as we look towards the New Year with a confidence that the vaccine must surely bring.

At the moment, I do feel quite emotional.

Christmas is such a special time for me, the perfect moment to touch base and say ‘thank you’ to all those people who enrich my life for the better, and oh! how I’ve missed those boozy lunches with customers, suppliers and friends.

Looking back on this year, I acknowledge that, relatively speaking, I’ve had it pretty easy, and my heart goes out to all those people who have lost family members, or fallen on hard times and face an uncertain future.

With a final appointment in the diary to go before I close my shop door on 2020, I’d like to say thank you to all my customers and readers of this blog who have supported me this year.

We’ve squeezed out every bit of fun possible, and a life without you in it, would be for me, a life less well lived.

Here’s wishing you and loved ones, a fabulous Christmas, and a year ahead full of shared joy, laughter and fine threads.