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Alexi watched the snowfall with narrowed eyes.
If it kept up, they’d all be snowbound, and he could practically guarantee that the atmosphere in the house would be far from jolly the way his family carried on.
It was not his idea to invite them, but that of his lovely (if naive) wife who wanted to entertain the family for their first Christmas as a married couple.
The house was certainly big enough to accommodate them all, but he simply didn’t want them there for more than a day.
However, they had to arrive first, so maybe they would think twice about travelling in the first place and he could have his quiet Christmas afterall.