I think this was the best ever Christmas. Everything just fell into place perfectly.
The children were great, and it is so great having time off with them, no pressure, jarmies all morning...we had all that lovely ice just before the big day - I had time to make a wreath - the dinner was lovely - Yer Man's brother came over from Dublin, which was lovely - we had my parents over for the day, played silly board game on Boxing Day, ate too much, drank just the right amount, generally kicked back.
The kids made an advent calender for each other this year (last year's Xmas cards - we are so green), and really enjoyed that. They got to be looked after by my friend's daughter for a couple of days at the start of the holidays - a bit of slacker time, a bit of creative time, BT got to watch "The empire strikes back" 3 times in a row...
He got heaps of lego and was delighted. She had asked for a surpise, got a DS and was delighted. YM got subbuteo and was delighted. I got a mulberry tree, and our neighbour is giving us a quince tree...so excited.
And now the hordes are starting to gather for New Year.