Saturday 23 December 2023

Still Some Christmas Spirit

 The children (and wife) finally broke up from school yesterday! 

Seems like such a late start to the Christmas break and I really haven't felt Christmassy at all until today having them all back. 

We went for "breakfast with Father Christmas" this morning. Where you get a fry up and then get to meet the big man himself. Knowing our children well my wife booked adult breakfasts for them all and there was only a few beans left on the plate when we were all finished. 

There is no hiding they're getting older but there's still a bit of unspoken magic there, maybe not as much as when they were younger though. But it still has a spark, the youngest has been making something for his mum in the workshop and the effort he's put in is incredible, I'm looking forward to sharing that with you all!  

It was good grub and a good father Christmas, we then went for a walk around the woods where it was located. A lovely morning. 

Friday wasn't so great! I spent the whole day, and I mean THE WHOLE DAY, deep cleaning the kitchen ready for Christmas day. Everything off the windowsills, my temporary office off the worktop, windows cleaned, I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed the whole kitchen floor and the kitchen plinths. 

I felt very beaten by it by the end, but when I came back in the room it hadn't felt that clean and free from clutter (our main problem) since I finished building it! My wife thought we'd been burgled when she walked in from work that evening. Luckily my day got better as we went for a big Christmas meal with friends that evening which has become an annual tradition - 12 adults and 17 children in total! 

Tomorrow I need to go collect the turkeys from a farm near my fathers (I miss timed our meat chickens this year), one for Christmas day and one for an Alviti meet up later next week, I have a few gifts to wrap but very suddenly it's going to be Christmas! 

I hope wherever you are you are ready for the big day! 


  1. Love the idea of good grub and a meeting with Father Christmas. Well done on cleaning the kitchen but it won’t last long - not with all the good cooks in your house! Merry Christmas to you all and enjoy the break with the family.

  2. Wonderful Kev, well done on the kitchen, you can come and do mine next! A very happy xmas to you all, I'll look forward to hearing all about it.

  3. Happy Christmas Kev. to you and your lovely family from Val (and Poppy)

  4. Wishing you and all the family a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
    I shall look forward to your story through 2024

  5. Merry Christmas Kev, enjoy your family festivities

  6. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas. The fresh turkey sounds lovely. May the New Year hold good health and plenty of love for all of you.

  7. Kitchens need a lot of love now and then. Ours at least, seems to go non-stop this time of the year, at least when we aren't in bed recovering for the following day.

  8. Thanks for the update, Kev. Looks and sounds like Christmas is finally there.

  9. Ya'll are a lovely family! Merry Christmas!


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