We swapped gifts, had a good chat and spent a lot of time fussing over Sienna which often happens when she's here. Poor Aunty Edith had taken another tumble in her house on Christmas Eve and is sporting a whopper of a black eye.
The table was laid yet again....
For our traditional tea of ham salad followed by a home-made trifle, Christmas cake and mince pies, although thinking about it I may have cheated last year and bought the trifle.
Just a few snapshots of the past couple of days for posterity.
Christopher Elf has returned home. As a thank you present he left Thomas and Amy a pair of elf socks with bells on :)
The Christmas Eve Games went down well especially the 'Minute to Win It' challenges. I didn't realise that for such a laid back family we're actually quite competitive.
Amongst others we did a one handed pyramid stack
A malteser pick up - which for all the lung capacity they have when it comes to talking Mum and Thomas were both totally rubbish at and didn't manage to pick any up!
And a snowball toss - much harder than it looks.
Christmas Day started later than usual but was still as exciting. Presents were opened.
And as well as more traditional gifts some very strange ones were found under the tree.
Pre-lunch fizz and canapes turned into lunch
And lunch turned into an evening meal
I received lots of gifts. A new book, candles, chocolates, slippers, perfume. All the things I love.
And from Amy a calligraphy pen. What a fantastic and original present. She chose it herself when she was in London. I've had a go at 'normal' writing with it and it's lovely to use. I can't wait to have a go at calligraphy or cursive writing. When she gave it to me she said "it's for a new hobby" and I'll definitely be taking this up.
And that's it. Christmas is done and dusted for another year at Number 38. Everybody has gone home and I'm sat down with a brew. We've had three days of fun, good food and excellent company. Gradually gifts will be put away, the festive food will disappear, decorations will be taken down and life will return to normal.
And as much as I've enjoyed it, normal definitely has a certain appeal to it now.
Thank you all for your comments during my 14 Days of Christmas. The biggest part I miss when not blogging every day is chatting to all you lovely people.
I'll be blogging again next Sunday but will be back on the gram this week.
Hope you all have a lovely week.