We lit candles for you yesterday and today. Not the usual tea lights as your pictures are under the tree and it would have been a fire hazard, but we had two red glitter lights that were battery operated and flickered all day which were quite realistic.
Do you have celebrations wherever you are? I bet Dad would have his homebrew at the ready, Mum her special puds and Dad in law hopefully playing with the musical tie we gave him so many years ago.
We thought of you and reminisced about other Christmasses we’ve shared over the years. Do you realise this is our 31st together? That first one we were skint and got something for everyone from car boot sales. It was fun and one of our best.
Years afterwards, I baked or made sweets, giving silly presents like the tie and tap dancing Santa, and serious ones too.
Happy memories of freshly baked sausage rolls, carving the turkey under the watchful eyes of the dogs at the time, family gatherings, the laughter and fun we had.
We made a bit of our own history yesterday. I remember the groans in the past, not necessary by you (!) about White Christmas being on the telly again, and if it wasn’t that, it was It’s a Wonderful Life which we have a special edition of and a colour version as well as the original black and white.. It was White Christmas yesterday as I’d finally managed to get a copy. It’s the first time we’ve both seen it all the way through.
You know, you’re not missing much on the Box, and we’re glad we haven’t got one. Everyone used to fall asleep to the James Bond Film in the afternoon, but now that’s not a tradition to have on Christmas Day. With so many Bonds,you’ll never beat Connery for me.
We’ve watched the latest X-Men movie which you probably wouldn’t know at all, and we are on Disc 4 of Season 15 of NCIS. We also have another new film to watch ‘Angel has Fallen’, so we are doing different things other than just eating all the wrong stuff, but it has been good to forget the diet for two glorious days.
I remember our Santa run deliveries every Christmas Eve, coming home with a few parcels for us which was nice. Everyone thought we really did put a sign on the door saying
‘We’ve wished you a Merry Christmas, now sod off!’
We never did you know, but liked our Christmas to be just us, and it was nice to shut the door and hibernate for two days. We always tried to share ourselves over the holiday weekends though.
I wonder if you can see us all at the same time? We’re by the sea now, so quite a distance from home ground. Maybe each cloud tunes in to part of the family and you can rotate between us all. There have been some changes, but as far as I know, everyone is doing OK.
We miss you, but you are always in our thoughts. Your pictures hold pride of place so we see them every day, and you’re never far away.
All our love,