Emma’s mum and dad left us after breakfast, and we had time to sling the vacumn cleaner around the housea before the Shaw family arrived to exchange presents and enjoy a snack lunch. After the loud and frenetic day that was yesterday, today was much more relaxed and calming. I got some reading done, and uploaded some photos (after the laptop-free Christmas day) and Emma put her new Fluval Edge fishtank together.

For supper, we had cold meat and (my first) bubble’n’squeak, and watched the last episode of the Victorian Christmas Farm. I feel a bit saddened that the original tunes to the carols were replaced by the familiar tunes that we do all know and (admittedly) love have been lost in the midst of times. Interesting too, considering how people consider the ’round robin’ letters as impersonal, that the tradition of sending Christmas cards began because a Victorian gentleman didn’t have time to write personal letters and so had a design made so that he could send one card out to everyone. Interesting too, that the first Christmas cards were all about seasonal excess and partying and not at all about religion…