Despite my moaning, the run up to Christmas was nothing like as bad as last year, but it did seem to go on a long time; i spent the last 2 days manning the phone and email from home and organising last minute fixes for problems/lost items/wrongly sent/wrongly ordered bits and bobs. Considering we were still sending out hundreds a day right up to the weekend before, the actual number of fixes was small, it just felt a bit hectic. I had to go in on the Tuesday, having not really organised enough cover for those last 24 hours, but it was okay.
Tuesday night we collected Max from work and took all the kids to see Madagascar 2 at a nicer than average theatre near Huntingdon. Took the opportunity to mention to Max that while browsing the NCT Peterborough leaflet in the doctors that morning (not something i’ve been able to do for a long time) i noticed that not one of the local birth announcements mentioned Peterborough Mat Unit; apparently ladies who know in Pboro, all go to Hinchingbrooke. Says rather a lot i think. He looked politely non-committal about it 😉 Film was good enough, kids had fun and we all felt like the holiday had started.
Christmas Eve needed some shopping doing so we all popped back into town; Fran and Maddy had eye tests, the result being that Maddy who wants them doesn’t really need them but has been issued with some nearly plain glass ones to see if they help her cut out the “life noise” that distracts her. She is thrilled.
Fran, who resolutely DOES NOT want them is really quite short sighted (i was a bit shocked) and has to go back before she starts school; she just scraped through and the optician doesn’t want her eyes to give up just yet but she will almost certainly need them in the Autumn. She was cross. We did however try some pairs on her and found several purple pairs that looked lovely, so perhaps by the time it comes, she’ll have got over it. Feel a bit sorry for her though, given she will undoubtedly need braces in the next year too. Oh well.
Spent that afternoon and evening doing wrapping with the girls for either each of us or for sisters. They were so happy to have gifts for each other. F and M also did stockings for their favourite toys, which was rather sweet. I was touched the next day that they handed gifts to sisters before asking for ones for themselves and opened toy stockings before they opened their own. I do rather love the growing sense of Christmas being about giving that they are coming to. Max and i managed to have a row about whether i had overdone the buying, prompting me to suggest HE does it next year 🙄 but in the end we decided that actually it was all quite even and not too over the top. I didn’t think we went mad (althoguh plenty of them were fairly pricy i suppose) but at least, except for Playmobil, we avoided endless BITS. I decided this year i didn’t mind spending but i wasn’t spending on crud, cheap tat or things i would end up shouting at people to tidy up.
Max did a fab job of dinner, as usual and we had a lovely Christmas Day, very peaceful and very us. I do love our Christmases; it suits us to just be together after the busy period, suits the kids to just be and we’ve amassed some lovely traditions. I love that the kids bring their stockings into our room and that we have a “one night only” twinkly tree in our room. I love that there is always one present downstairs from FC with a letter, i love that no one goes into the living room unless we are all ready. I was thinking yesterday that so many of our Christmas traditions have come from my online/become life friends. I would never have done St Nicholas without HE-Land and yet this year it felt right to abandon the Church visit in favour of talking about the truths of generosity and selfless giving and thoughtfulness as love. A couple of years ago we collected Christmas Day outfits from somewhere and this year we did Nic’s Christmas Eve pyjamas.
Boxing Day we planned to spend alone too but a sudden change of plan meant we spent it with my mum, dad, brother, sister, BIL and nieces. It was LOVELY, particularly as Josie and Rowan are now BIG MATES.
I had a lovely few days with some great presents; good ds games, the posh version of Beedle the Bard, BIIIIIG box of Lush, pyjamas and books. Loved my brother giving us a LoveFilm membership too plus a fab plant from my parents (i was asked to think of something i wanted but wouldn’t get round to buying) and lots of lovely smellies.
Tomorrow we have guests arriving and i’ll have to pop into work as after Monday the unit space is shut for repairs until Friday; we’ve had quite a few orders; bizarre really.
Happy Christmas everyone, hope it was a good one.