After a quiet Christmas (with an alternative lunch of soup and vegetarian hot dogs!) it's unfortunately time to get on to the homework that is sat waiting for me- teachers clearly do not believe in having time off. So, a quick blog just to put off the inevitable just a little longer!
We ended up going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, which was an interesting experience, slightly marred by the fact that I could not stop coughing! Still, it had a nice atmosphere, and when we got home, we all opened a present each - after all, it was Christmas Day by then, and Santa had been! We had a lie-in on Christmas morning (probably due to the fact that we are all recovering from this bug!) and then a nice leisurely morning opening gifts - I got some lovely presents.
Boxing Day was again different to previous years, but still nice - a lazy morning, a trip to the beach where my grandad's ashes are scattered (my grandad no longer being here is the reason behind our alternative Christmas) and then I was lucky enough to meet up with a friend of mine who I see rarely (as he lives in a different country!) and we had a good 4 hours talking and laughing. Overall, a better Christmas than I had envisaged.
I have a week of work, and am not back to school until the 5th, but that just means lots of homework to fill the time! I did have another lazy morning this morning, not getting up until midday(!) and have been indulging in a lot of reading over the past week - i finished my 17th book in a week last night! Yes, I gave in a re-read Twilight, as well as many other books on my shelves and that were new for Christmas. I'm now reading 'Brighton Rock' but that's for my homework, so I don't need to feel guilty about that one!
It was lovely to hear that two children who I babysit for loved their presents - and seeing all my family and friends open their gifts was definitely the best part of Christmas for me. I hope anyone reading this had a good Christmas, and I'll wish you a Happy New Year if I don't post before then!