Well, Merry Christmas to you all. I’m exhausted. After sorting everything out last night and opening our usual one present each (it’s a family tradition that harks back to the time when my sister and I were young and my mother wanted to bribe us once to get us to bed…it’s become a family tradition since then), we headed to bed…it must have been about 0100.

I woke to the sound of little running feet and a muffled shout “Mam, mam, Santa’s been!”. I checked my watch. 0300. Gah.

So after about a half hour of opening the things from his stocking, Rhodri was sent back to bed. I went back to sleep.

When Dafydd woke later on, my sister decided that it was late enough to get up. At 0530. So up we got and headed downstairs. “Mami, Santa’s left bajillions for us!” Rhodri’d seen the presents. All in, it took us over an hour and a half to open all the presents. Dafydd and Rhodri were over the moon with what Santa’d left them, and everyone else finally got to open presents. It’s coming up to 8am, the champagne is in the fridge ready for Bucks Fizz later this morning, and I’m writing this, rather bleary-eyed wearing my new clothes. The dog is nudging me and dropping her new ball at my feet wanting to play, I can smell the beef joint that’s cooking ready for lunch. The turkey was cooked last night.

Right now, I’m looking forward to a quiet post-Christmas period. I’m really enjoying up here, but it’s exhausting with the kids and the dog. I’m off now to try and plan the day so I can get a few hours sleep between now and Christmas dinner.

One Response to “Merry Christmas…just.”

  1. Bronchitikat says:

    Oh the joys of having small children around at Christmas! Come summer they’d be awake around 4-5am cos it’s getting light.

    BTW – have you checked yr LJ version of this? It seems to be having trouble with quotes & apostrophes – like it prints them with a load of other characters.

    Jon says he’s going ‘back home to Cardiff’ today to get back to his bed & a decent night’s sleep!