We ended up having a very quiet christmas this year.
Originally we were going to have a big family Christmas, but as the weather got colder & colder, and bearing in mind our parents are now quite elderly, and 2 out of 4 take blood thinning tablets that make you really feel the cold, it was cancelled at the last minute. Out house has storage heaters which arent the most effective - and it is also draughty, and a mutual decision was made that parents were better staying in their nice warm bungalows, and having christmas dinner our local to them siblings. This was very disappointing, but sensible, and left Jeff & I plus of course Henny & Poppy having a quiet Christmas here. We went to a local carol service in the village church on the Sunday before Christmas, and joined the group of carol singers that went a-carroling around the village one evening before Christmas - great fun in the snow in a festive atmosphere.
Jeff & I spent much of Christmas collapsed in a heap recovering from the busy pre christmas time. However this sudden empty space in our calendar which we happily filled with dog walking (with our friends at Holkham on boxing day and otherwise as a happy foursome) - and sitting by the fire watching television and reading. It was a lolvey peaceful Christmas and allowed us time to catch up with ourselves! We obviously still worked over the Christmas period - fortunately book orders still come rolling in (see our site at www.peakirkbooks.com ) but we packed up earlier and snuggled by the log fire.