Hello – have you made it safely through Christmas? I hope you all had a lovely time with your families and loved ones, celebrating the season, whichever faith you are (or are not). This morning I got up at 2.45am to take my mother to the airport for a proper red-eye flight back home. In the spirit of the season, we had a nice week (and held it) together *coughs* with lots of hot Port, walks and shopping excursions and card tournaments every night. It was nice – but it is also nice to go back to my usual routine, which involves blogging and down-time on the internet.
Before I shutter 2016 with the customary “annual review”, I thought we should take Christmas to bed with a little look back at the “loot”. I was very lucky this year, receiving presents with a lot of love love love, which I thought I’d show you here.
Nellindreams started me off with a gorgeous RA Christmas card. Next I received a whole parcel full of handmade RA goodies from Andrea – she made a
naughty fabulous Guy card, as well as a Daniel Miller snow ball. And she made that beautiful frame with a really beautiful picture of RA in it which is now sitting on the shelf above my desk. Hariclea surprised me with a souvenir from New York, displayed on my fridge. Glady also got her crafty hat on and made that LLL ornament (with the little Guy clip at the top of it). Her coaster is in use beside my laptop, as is that highly distRActing mouse-mat. Suzy surprised me with a custom-made Daniel Miller puzzle. And my daughter, having recently become addicted to Photoshop, created a fabulous manip from a photo of moi. Thank you to all of you – I love these special presents, from fangirl to fangirl. I get smiles and belly-flutters from them.
The older I get, the less important any monetary value of the presents becomes for me. My stand-out presents were things like a CD with songs of bands I saw live at our summer festival with my son over the years, which he burnt on CD for me; or a book with classic short stories by Damon Runyon set on Broadway, given by my father-in-law; or the amazing box of tea bags gifted to me by my sister-in-law (apparently an American company, called Celestial Seasonings – and heavenly it is! Nutcracker Sweet. Try it if you can find it anywhere – with a dash of full-fat milk, it tastes like egg nog, absolutely delicious. I am devastated that they don’t sell in Ireland, though… ) No diamonds and jewels, but having some time together under the Christmas tree, candles lit, singing Christmas songs, was the best thing I could get…
How was your Christmas? Any RA-themed goodies under your tree? Did you have to hide them from prying eyes 😉 ? Hope you got everything you wished for!