Today, things are back to normal with my psyche and this post is more in keeping with the Christmas season.
Yesterday afternoon, because my eldest daughter and her family will be in New Zealand for Christmas day, we had our family Christmas. My son-in-law, Darryl, had some of his family there also as the others will also be away on Christmas day. We all brought something along for a late lunch and had cold barbecue roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, ham with pineapple, potato salad, coleslaw and I made a Thai citrus salad. I also made up a couple of small bowls of guacamole with some crackers to nibble on before lunch. Dessert was a yummy trifle, a huge fruit platter and I'd made chocolate eclairs filled with whipped cream. There was enough for all to have seconds if they wished and some did, as it was all very delicious.
Between our first course and dessert, we had present opening, to let our dinner go down and make room for dessert. Well, Cooper was so funny. He gets extremely enthusiastic about things and when I first arrived he was playing in his adventure playground with his cousins. After about 15 minutes, he came down to the patio with his dad, caught sight of me and shrieked: "Daddy, daddy, daddy! Nanny's here!" He was so funny, his little body goes rigid and he shakes with excitement also. Anyway, he opened his first present. Well! "Oooh, ooooh, oooh! It's a Thomas!"...Thomas the tank engine, one of his favourite tv characters. We were hysterical with laughter watching him. He gets so excited he doesn't know where to put himself.
We had a lovely time opening presents, seeing what we got, seeing what others got and oohing and aahing over it all. I also received an early birthday present from my daughters. They gave me two Gold Class tickets to the current Cirque du Soleil production, Dralion. It included nibbles and drinks beforehand plus a tour of the circus tent. I was so gobsmacked it didn't really sink in until today. I can't wait!
So that was one Christmas down, two more to go. Fred's mother's place on Christmas Eve. She's Dutch and the Europeans usually celebrate on 24 December; then Christmas day itself with the neighbours...and the pool!. That's gonna be fun and I'll certainly post about those.
Here are some photos from yesterday.Cooper and his Grandma opening his first present with cousin, Riley, looking on.