by Anna Sugden
No, I'm not talking about being hung-over after a wild night ;) I'm talking about the day after Twelfth Night.
Here in England, it is tradition that all Christmas decorations be down by midnight on the 6th. If not, it is believed that bad luck will live in your house ... or gremlins will set up home (and we know how dangerous they can be!)
Anyway, for me, the 7th is always kind of blue. No more twinkling lights. The decs are all packed away in boxes for next Christmas - which seems sooo far away. The Christmas music has been put on its special shelf in the cupboard.
Of course, I don't think it helps that the nights are long - it's dark until late in the morning and dark at 4pm. And it's cold! Somehow, cold seems more romantic over Christmas!
Plus, there's that general post-holiday, 'drunk too much, eaten too much, got to get back to normal' malaise.
This year, I followed my usual tradition of watching one of my DVD presents while I take down the decs. My choice was Mama Mia! What a difference it's made! All that bright light and exuberance ... not to mention all the songs you can bop along to. Somehow, Twelfth Night didn't seem quite so bad when you've been jiggling along to Abba *g*.
A new tradition has been started - always play Mama Mia for taking down the decs! It works!
So, for all those of you suffering from the post-holiday miserables, the winter doldrums and cold, dark day grumps - not to mention the back-to-work blues, I thought we could have a little Mama Mia fun on the blog today. (I know our friends Down Under or in the southern states have been basking in glorious heat and sunshine, but play along!)
Abba is on the turntable, here in the Lair. We're going to don our favourite and most outrageous Glam Rock outfits (for today we all have the body of a super-model - except for P226, who may not want that *g*) and as Dancing Queens (again, except for P226!) we're going to Voulez Vous and Chiquitita the blues away.
For one day only, you can squeeze into those skin-tight silver body suits and fluorescent mini-skirts. And you can totter around in those sky-high, glittery platform soles.
The cabana boys, Romans and hockey hunks are ready with the drinks (and to ease away any post-holiday aches!) ... so get ready to party!!
Tell me what your outfit looks like and which your favourite Abba song is ... then grab a drink and a partner and ... go for it!
As an extra bonus, I have a prize for the best/most outrageious/most fun outfit! You can win a copy of our very own Anna Campbell's Tempt The Devil!