Meri Kirihimete

We hope you all had a great Christmas this year, ours was certainly very relaxing this year thanks to Steve & Leslie and their families. Although we also reckon that as we have been resident in the park, away from shops, malls and the general throng, we have missed out on the commercialised hype that seems to be associated with Christmas these days.

We snuck away from our “park nark” duties on Christmas Eve and did join the traffic and the hoards of people by doing a bit of last minute food shopping but rest assured we were out of the shops pretty damn quickly. We went to Steve & Les’ for a very chilled Xmas Eve. From there we went to their daughter Sarah’s place for Christmas Day where she had everything organised for the day. Sarah has three young boys, and her sister Fran has a daughter and they all happily spent the day playing with their Christmas pressies, eating chocolates and providing entertainment for the rest of us. Oh and Uncle Antony got in on the act with the water pistols too – much to their delight!

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We had all contributed food and wine for the Christmas table but it was particularly nice that the three girls (with everyone else also doing their bit) organised the meal. It makes a nice change for me to be out of the kitchen for the day and I can tell you it was much appreciated.

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The day was a bit much for some, Finn fell asleep on the couch late in the afternoon with Uncle Clive keeping him company. Although Finn had a good excuse to rest his eyes as it was his 4th birthday Christmas Eve and he had had a couple of big days, but we are not sure what Clive’s excuse is though!

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We did not miss out on the present side of things and we received a couple of lovely presents from Alex & Ian

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And an appropriate sign to hang on the van door

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Christmas is a busy time in our family for birthdays, with Finns birthday on the 24th, followed by my eldest brother Mike’s birthday on Christmas Day then Boxing Day it’s Erin’s turn. From then on we have birthdays nearly every second day right through to the end of January with the pattern continuing throughout the year with some months busier than others. I guess that’s what happens when you are part of a large family.

Enjoy your festivities wherever you may be and enjoy the company of family & friends. Stay safe, love from Bernice & Roy.

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