It's been a lovely Christmas this year. My eldest son and his girlfriend joined us and came to stay over on Christmas Eve which meant I woke up on Christmas morning with all my children in the same house. This hasn't happened for a good number of years so I was very excited.
We didn't manage to get to the local Christingle service this year, nor midnight mass due to visitors and transport arrangements but we still watched our Christmas Eve film and read the last book of our annual Advent calendar - It's a Wonderful Life and Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Everyone got socks, toys, books and games - a proper Christmas selection. We ate goose for the first time but I forgot the Yorkshire puddings :( There were no arguments, everyone liked their presents and they all worked and all had the right batteries. My present from my first born and his lovely girlfriend included very posh chocolates and a theatre ticket for the end of February to go and see Mark Thomas with them. Such perfect presents - something delicious to eat and something to look forward to :)
The favourite new game we played on the day is Dixit. It consists of beautifully illustrated cards and is suitable for all ages, being both challenging and fun. I'm already thinking of ways to use the cards as creative writing prompts. I can't help it, I'm a home educator ;)
Favourite craft activity is Rainbow Loom Official Kit. The Girl declared them to be definitely superior and easier to use than the cheap ones they had before. She has made me some lovely new loom band jewellery and something I very much wanted - a glasses chain because I am CONSTANTLY losing my reading glasses.
Boxing Day was more relaxed, a day at home in front of the fire with more games (King of Tokyo), leftover Christmas food and Gnomeo & Juliet on iPlayer. (The geek in me wants to watch it slowly so that I can work out just how many Shakespeare plays are referenced...) The day was delightfully topped off with a fall of snow and playing out in the dark with the neighbour's children :)
It really has been a truly delightful Christmas. I feel very blessed :)