I had a bit of a lie-in as the boys were happy with the few presents they had in their 'Santa's sack' which Gill and I quietly slipped into their room last night.
When I came down, they didn't want to dive into their presents immediately, so I had my usual bran flakes and muesli and did my emails and had a few goes on facebook Scrabble.
Them before lunch we all gathered in the front room and the boys had their presents... lots of books mainly. I gave Gill and the boys a York Monopoly as Gill's been mentioning it for ages, and I got mine from Our Celebration, which is mentioned in the game (I think in 'Community Chest') as they were offering a limited number for £20, cheaper than the advertised £25. I hope they got them given as a fundraiser. I was very happy to get 6 pairs of good quality socks and 3 handkerchiefs. Excellent presents!
Because one present required batteries, I suggested that I walk down to Freshways (which is open, as it's run by people who don't celebrate Christmas) and as the boys don't get enough exercise, I said that one or both of them had to come with me. Eventually, both of them AND Gill came down with me, a nice family walk, just 20 minutes or so, but it was nice.
I went out after a sandwich lunch and stacked logs... the very cold weather means we are racing through the supplies but there is still enough for several weeks more of the same. I had offered to make a nutloaf for Christmas tea but the boys wanted pasta... so that's what they had, and I didn't need to cook.
I popped round to see Debbie, and had a pear cider there whilst chatting and she showed me some family photos from when her children were little.
When I got back, one of the children had walked past the back room telly with the magnetic darts board that someone gave them, and the red colour had disappeared from the screen, leaving it very greeny blue. Apparently the darts had not been put onto the screen, but they contain super strong neodymium magnets and they only need to get near a sensitive object to affect it. I wonder if the full colour will come back?
My Christmas tea was interesting: a few more onion bhajis thrown away by my friends at the greengrocer's, a couple of waste parsnips, some new potatoes left over form a couple of days ago... these all roasted for 20 minutes in the gas oven, with a small pile of pasta and a tomato sauce Gill made from some tomatoes which had become frozen whilst on display, thrown away, and rescued by me. An incredibly cheap meal, with the only major ingredient purchased being the pasta, plus 20 minutes in the gas cooker. But an unusual Christmas meal... or not, as I don't really celebrate Christmas. If I didn't have children, I wouldn't bother. Not sure why they like to celebrate it, really. It's mainly Gill who likes the tradition.
Anyway, the family watched telly in the front room, stuff I didn't want to watch, so I chatted with friends, played Scrabble, peeled and sliced melons for drying and had a quiet few hours. I sent a few e-cards by Anita Sancha to friends, wishing people a 'Happy Winterlude'! Later, I had a bath, with both big bathwater cans heated on the back room stove and it was a luxurious bath, very deep, very hot, and I must have spent a good half hour in it. Lovely! I needed it as I've slept in the same clothes for a couple of nights and was feeling a bit grubby.