Tuesday, 29 December 2009

How was it for you?

Christmas is fast becoming the season of disasters. No sooner has the last note of the final carol been sung than one of us is usually ill. Last year it was my turn. I was so off-colour on Christmas Day that I had only a mouthful of my dinner and a sip of wine. (If you know anything about my epic appetite or a thirst entire vinyards wouldn't quench you'll appreciate just how ill I was.) This year it was Sarah's turn, though she didn't wait until the carols had been sung. In fact, she couldn't sing them at all having been laid low by a sore-throat/cough combination from the end of term. Not to be outdone, Charlie came out in sympathy and the house has echoed to the noise of hacking coughs all Christmas. My share of the festive misfortune was the oven door, which shattered into a thousand tiny pieces all over the kitchen floor on Christmas Eve. We've been finding tiny bits of glass ever since.

But let's look on the bright side. Sarah's getting better; Charlie's on the mend. And nobody was hurt in the great cooker disaster. (I dread to think what could have happened if Charlie has been in the kitchen at the time; or if I'd been opening the oven door after cooking the turkey. Perhaps someone from Hotpoint would like to tell me?)

We ate well, drank plenty (fluids, you understand, for the colds) watched a little bit but not too much telly, opened presents, ate some more, opened some more presents, went to bed, got up, opened yet more presents (if your name was Charlie). In fact, lets look on the bright side. There were plenty of positives...

We did hang up our stocking on the wall door...



They knew that Santa was on his way (thanks to NORAD)....



We were wrapped up warm inside...




And sat close to those we know...



... and love



Yes, all in all it wasn't too bad.

So, how was your Christmas?
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