For the third year running we have had a very unusual Christmas. I am not sure when I will get used to wearing shorts and sandals on Christmas Day but that was the least of our wierdness this year as Dad is still in hospital so our usual Christmas traditions felt all different without him here to share them (and he is usually taking pictures if I am busy so I don’t have many this year!!!)
We had our second Christmas Eve gathering at our house. I am really pleased that we have taken over the mantle of this tradition from Auntie Eveline. All the cousins, wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends and kids came round to our house for the kids’ mass present swap 🙂
Santa decided that Alexander and Ruby were very good this year, starting yet another new school, doing well at their swimming and soccer/calisthenics and particularly while Dad has been ill, and so he brought them both an Ipod touch. They were over the moon!
We gave them the new Skylanders Giants game and so they went to play that while Michael went back to bed (also a Park family Tradition :)) and I made breakfast.
Mum came to join us for Apfel Pannkuchen , croissants and Bucks Fizz – I don’t have any pics of this as I was too busy (bah Dad – I needed you!)
We went into the hospital after breakfast to see Dad. It was very quiet in there. I suppose they try to get everyone who is able to go home. We spent a couple of hours in there with the kids telling them about their presents and us telling him of all the news from the cousins from the day before.
We came home and had a wee lie down and then had our non-traditional but totally scrummy Christmas dinner.
(that dish was for all of us, I was just comedy posing – honest ;))
And after dinner there was a little bit of playing games and blethering and then it was all over. It was different, a little subdued, but way, way better than we thought it would be a couple of months ago.