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Christmas joy to one and all

I love Christmas at the best of times… and this is the best of times!

We put our tree up on Wednesday.

Luke and Harry came home for the night – and built a sturdy stand –

Boys at work...

I made mince pies…

and mulled wine…

(and carrot soup rather bizarrely – had a lot of carrots and thought it would balance all the sugar and alcohol…no takers, not so surprising I guess).

We whacked on the Glee Christmas Album, and everyone was in such a festive mood. We decorated the tree; we danced; we sang…

Beth filmed everything for her wonderful Christmas video… I couldn’t have asked for more!

It’s been quite a year – Luke got his Baccalaureate, his driving licence, and set off for Uni; Harry’s moved up to Lycée (and spends the week away boarding)… the time we spend all together is now more precious than ever.

Luke and Harry each have beautiful girlfriends; Karine and Lena – and they are like the big sisters Beth has never had. This is a harmonious time… and let’s face it, it’s not often everyone in the house has love and peace at the same time… especially at Christmas!


So now the holidays have begun – our little town is covered in winter-wonderland snow, and our plans are simple and mellow. Family time – cooking, eating, singing, playing, relaxing, dancing and loving.

I even still have a ‘believer’ in the house (I know this will be the last year of a mince-pie and a sherry, and a carrot for Rudolph, and I intend to savour every moment of it).

Hope your Christmas is everything you want it to be, and that 2011 is full of good things; new and exciting challenges to overcome; adventure and excitement; tranquility and peace… in just the right quantities!


Oh and let’s make The Christmas Sandwich this year’s No.1!

Happy Christmas!

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  1. Terry says:

    Hi guys… Not that you ever need it… But wishing you the best Christmas ever.. From one of your biggest fans!!!

  2. mannyatkins says:

    Thanks Terry – right back at ya! xxx

  3. Mumpat says:

    Magical blog. Magical family. Such joy. Wondrous ! xxxxx

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