Christmas Eve evening turned out to be a very pleasant affair. The kids had a little present each to open, which they ended up playing with for a good couple of hours. Powerful little magnetic balls that you can make into cubes, necklaces, bracelets, rings and, in Adam's case, The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Small is the new big.
Truth be told I had a delivery a few weeks ago, and it was only after I opened the parcel that I realised it was something that I'd ordered for Christmas … last Christmas! I don't think I opted for "Next Day Delivery", but even so! Anyway they were only a small something so I put them to one side with a view to having them as little gifts for the kids to open at the dinner table on Christmas Eve. But it's been a while since Adam sat at the dinner table so it was a variation on that theme, but in any case they proved to be a hit so who cares.
We then settled down to watch the final episode of "Merlin" with the kids (Jake and Jess watch it every week), and finally they deposited their stockings in the appointed places and went off to bed. Jessica was soon asleep, Adam whose body clock is still not functional at optimal efficiency since returning from the States, stayed up late again after having a tired spell between 5pm and 7pm, and Jacob will still be awake into the small hours. That's just what he does at this particular time of year.
And so for the third and final time today I say to you …