[Humuhumu smiling in her mint-green glasses and green Christmas jumper, on Christmas day, in front of the fireplace in "the big room", where the Christmas tree always is.]
Christmas day this year was possibly one of the best I've ever experienced. This was entirely down to our children's reaction to it, which was purest joy and excitement, from the discovery of Christmas stockings next to bed/cot in the morning to the reunion with cousins and second round of presents before bedtime in the evening. I didn't take as many photos as I might have, since we were rather busy being in the moment, but below the cut are a few reminders of the day.
[At breakfast, before the commencement of The Great Unwrapping. The bloke unwraps Keiki from the confines of his onesie.]
[Keiki stands next to the coffee table in the big room. "So there I was, Telstar at my side, and I said, 'Father Christmas, don't forget to drink that glass of sherry before you go!'"]
[Humuhumu at the commencement of The Great Unwrapping. Observe the totality of her absorption in freeing the gift from its confines.]
[The Great Unwrapping. Humuhumu offers vital assistance to Daddy and Keiki with the monumental task of opening their presents. She's wearing both the Christmas jumper and her new blue bathrobe.]
We drank a lot of wine, we ate a lot of food and we all received presents we liked, thanks to the family tradition of exchanging lists prior to Christmas (to lower stress levels on procurement, and also because the family is big enough that it takes several hours just to open all the presents by turns). We played silly games until late in the evening.
Keiki, however, gave me the gift I shall probably treasure longest: He slept from 7:30 PM until 7:30 AM on Boxing Day morning. It is the first (and to date, only) occasion on which he has ever slept for twelve hours straight. I don't expect the feat to be repeated on a regular basis, but it was a treat to be savoured, and what timing!
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