In which the Lily Bug morphed into a mouth-frothing sugar-crazed addict and spent a large part of the afternoon bug-eyed and shrieking "bu-ut I-I-I Wa-a-nt More-mm-mm-more CAAANDY CAAANES!!" Guy Smiley learnt to say
a new word ("lolly"), flipped out into the unhappy realm of too-much-excitement-not-enough-sleep, then spent the late afternoon lulled into calm thanks to total train set immersion.
The Teen was well satisfied with her present haul, and fortuitously rescued from the glaze-eyed boredom of hanging out with the family thanks to the arrival of a friend who had otherwise been faced with spending Christmas Day alone. (Some kids bring home stray animals, the Teen brings stray humans. It's cute. Though, often difficult to tell her we don't have enough room to keep them, unfortunately...)
I had woken several times in the night, just wishing the kids would hurry up and wake so I could see their faces as they unwrapped the gifts they'd been coveting for months. And yes, once a little voice down the hallway called out, "is it Christmas?!" it was all on. And it was fantastic.
But when that initial excitement had worn off and the rustle of Christmas
wrappings died down, a kind of silence followed. For the kids, it was
the realisation that
the surprises had come to an end. For us, it was the realisation that
with the Lad's family so far away and my family so geographically close but
yet so emotionally distant from each other, we lacked the camaraderie with extended family to keep the momentum
of the day going. All those weeks of anticipation had
reached their peak, and now it was time to come back down. There was
feasting to be done, but there was a bit of sadness in realising a few
important components of the day were missing. Namely; family. Loads and loads of family.
Next year... Next year we'll hit the beach on Christmas Day.
Meanwhile, the Teen has gone away on holiday for a few days and unlike the rest of her family, she has learnt to pace
herself on the chocolate/candy front. Thus her Christmas haul has
probably loaded her up with enough midnight nibbles to last until
mid-year. So... I wonder where she's stashed it? *wink wink*