There was a little bit of fun in my Christmas...like waking to my boy calling out from his room, "That's just what I wanted!"....like watching my kids faces when they were opening their presents...like getting to see every member of both of our families over three days...like getting a big, fancy breakfast at a 4 star resort on Boxing Day...like the kids playing Santa around the Christmas tree and clapping and cheering every time someone opened a present.
But, honestly, most of the time it wasn't much fun, it was just a whole lot of bother...yeah, go on, call me Ebenezer Scrooge, I probably deserve it!
This was my Three Day Christmas Event :-
Christmas Morning - wake at 5am, kids open presents from Santa & us around Christmas tree, have breakfast, get dressed, pack car, leave at 8:50am for 1 hour drive to in-laws.
Christmas Day - Arrive at in-laws 10am, whole family gathering (8 adults, 6 kids), presents, Christmas lunch (prawns, cold meats, hot ham, salads...yum), check into 4 star resort (no room at the
Boxing Day - Breakfast at resort, pack and check out, back to in-laws home for swim in the pool, pack and drive 2 hours to my family home with whole family (8 adults, 8 kids), presents, Christmas dinner (number 2 - prawns, cold meats, salads...yum), get all kids to sleep, enjoy a few wines & chat with my sister.
Day after Boxing Day - Up at 6am, pack picnic lunches, pack the car, extended family Christmas get together (22 adults, 13 kids) at my brother's place (next door), farewell everyone, 3 hour drive back home.
This may be some peoples' idea of fun (yes, hello my dear sister who reads this, I am talking about you xx) but for me, an introvert who is totally drained by people....I'm totally drained!!
And I'm thinking, most Christmases include:-
1. Too many presents
2. Too much food
3. Too many drinks
4. An accident...and...
5. An incident (as in...an argument, a blow-up, a drunken family member...you get the drift?)
We had 3/5. That's a pass.
So, how was your Christmas?