Christmas Day – 25th December 2011
After the virtual non-event of Christmas last year when we more-or-less went through on automatic pilot following the recent passing of my Grandmother and with Dad so unwell, we were determined to try and enjoy ourselves this year.
Fortunately, although we were woken by Emily at about 6.45am, the girls didn’t appear until 7.15am as per our agreement above.
They were pleased to see that Father Christmas had been and had taken the time to reply to their note for him, left last night and enjoyed opening their stockings before breakfast.
Once breakfast was out of the way, they were able to open some of the presents from us before Sarah took them around to see her parents after dropping me off at church.
It was good to be able to have Mum to Christmas Day lunch. Last year, she had tried to maintain some kind of normality on what turned out to be Dad’s final day at home with her and had found things very tough.
Sarah cooked a fantastic Christmas dinner which began with our normal starter of melon and kiwi fruit. This was followed by our usual turkey complete with all the trimmings and including Yorkshire puddings. For dessert we enjoyed a choice of Christmas or hot chocolate pudding.
After lunch, the girls opened their presents from Mum and we enjoyed a short walk.
Later, we went round to my sister’s for tea. In many ways it was strange being there for tea at Christmas without Dad and Grandma, but it was another ‘first’ that had to be got through and the children playing with their cousins made things easier.
Overall, I’ll look back with fondness on Christmas 2011. We have much to be thankful for. The passing of time eases the pain of the loss of loved-ones. They may be gone, but they are never forgotten.