Hi Mum and Dad
Only 4 more sleeps, as the children say, and it will be Christmas Day. Phil and I have had trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year but we have finally finished the shopping and I have sent our last Christmas card by mail. Lesser friends receive electronic greetings these days and they seem to enjoy receiving them which is great.
We are both a wee bit exhausted but hopefully we have remembered everything we had to do. Food shopping has been done as well and as it is only for the two of us so no big deal. Simple meals for hot days. Believe me we are in for a very hot week with 39C on Christmas Day forecast.
I understand we are going to C & M's for Christmas lunch although nobody has actually told us what the plans are yet. Still the family are a wee bit like that and I am sure we will hear all about it in plenty of time. We are really looking forward to it as the past few years have been really wonderful and now of course we have our third great-granddaughter to share the day with.
These days we are pretty well excluded from having to do much except perhaps provide serviettes, crackers and perhaps take a salad or two. It is nice to be able to sit back and let others do the main catering after all these years. I am sure we will hear in plenty of time what our designated tasks are. None of the family seem to enjoy Christmas pudding or cake so we have a small one for ourselves at home on Boxing Day. Just have to have Christmas pud with custard and cream at this time of year.
I am beginning to understand why we always were away on holidays from Christmas Eve and I am thinking what a lot of work it saved you both. No decorations to up at home or meals to plan. Plus we all had a wonderful time with the same people year after year at Mandurah House. Oh, life seemed so simple then. Not like the mad rush it always seems to be for everyone these days with not a second to sit back and enjoy life as we once did.
You will be missed at Christmastime as you always are and I will drink a silent toast to you both at the same time remembering all those wonderful holiday Christmases we shared for many years.
Love to you both