Thursday, 30 December 2021

Christmas 2021

For the first time ever I spent Christmas Day on the road.  And for the first time in many years my three NZ based children and their families and I were not together.  We had hoped my son in Brasil would be home for Christmas this year but that was a pipe dream.  

My older daughter, Leone and I spent Christmas Eve with my older son and his family.  There's no denying Christmas is always better when there are little children and their contagious, joyful excitement.

 

After a quick visit to my grandson, Michael at his partner's family home, Leone and I hit the road for the long drive to Taranaki and my younger daughter's family.  For our Christmas lunch we each had a chicken sandwich purchased from a petrol station.  Perhaps the best part was ripping them from their cardboard and plastic wrapping.  And, of course, a specially purchased drink of cold water.

The roads were quiet and we arrived to a warm welcome from Justine's family who, for their first time had also spent Christmas Day without other family.  Leone's daughter, Jami arrived the next morning so that's when we had our 'celebration'.

Jami's smile always lights up a room.

We filled our few days away with archery, table tennis and a board game which I actually enjoyed.  I'm not a great lover of board games, usually get bored.



Here's my favourite photo.  Late in the day, Justine and Jami preparing to take a selfie - until Justine realised her dress was the same colour as the shelter cloth.
 

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    1. It's not too hectic when you manage to get away with being the cheerleader. It works most of the time. Although not with table-tennis as the kids remember when I used to be an enthusiastic and reasonably good participant. Sadly that is no longer the case.

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  2. Years ago we used to travel to the beach in the middle of Christmas Day as there was no traffic around. Boxing Day the queues would stretch for miles.
    Love your family photos, so happy :) xx

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. We travelled home on 29th, the roads weren't as quiet as on Christmas Day but quieter than usual. I certainly wouldn't want to be out on the highway today!

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  3. It looks like a good time was had, even if you had to travel for it.

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    1. A good time was had, mimi. The trip was well worth the effort to see the family. I hadn't seen my grandson since last Christmas because of travel restrictions.

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  4. That's a long way to drive from where you are. Lucky you left early, by boxing day the roads were manic up here.

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    1. Yes, it was a long drive, Amy but enjoyable trips both ways. Happy New Year!

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  5. You have a beautiful and wonderful family to celebrate with during the holidays.

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  6. At least you were together eventually. You are certainly getting around.

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  7. It sounds like you ended up having a very pleasant time, Pauline. I hope 2022 continues giving you pleasant, happy and healthy times. All the best to you and your loved ones. Take good care. :)

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