This year we are in France for Christmas with two of our three sons and my mother-in-law. The tree was decorated on Monday and this year Max & Ralph used only gold balls and decorations. We can't find the switch on the lights that stops them flashing but I can cope with that and it looks lovely. In addition we put a branch of holly here and there.
Then last night, while I was getting supper ready, Hugh & Ralph layed the table for Christmas lunch. "What do we need?" they asked. Shorthand for how many knives and forks basically and I replied in kind. Lots of laughter ensued and to my amazement it took not the usual five minutes (we are only five after all) plus a bit for finding the Christmas napkins - but a WHOLE HOUR. I was quite happy as I took the extra time to prepare the sprouts and other veg for today. Then Max came into the kitchen looking a little concerned.
"You'd better come and see the table - they're still at it..."
We can safely say that it is NOT understated! They had searched the cupboards to find all the decorations from countless Christmas past.
A Happy Christmas to you all and especially this year, to those in Vancouver.