Some more, please: Now that the party’s over …

2012-01-13 14:56

The trouble with Christmas is that for a toddler it’s incomprehensible.

Suddenly every auntie, granny and family friend is turning up – and they are all bearing gifts.

It’s all very well if you manage to keep it to one day, Christmas Day, but that is never the way it goes.

Last year, because it was such a tough year, we decided to duck the relatives (sorry) and head for the hills – literally – for the festive season.

The trouble is that because most of the family was due to do the same, a decision was made to have Christmas early.

So, the festive season party, so to speak, started on December 16 with a fake Christmas for one side of the family.

On December 18 we had another for the other in-laws and before we headed off on holiday we visited grandpa, who had been too ill to attend the other two fake Christmases.

So, the present count was sky high before Father Christmas had even tried to stuff his considerable bulk down anyone’s chimney.

Gloriously, we were in the Drakensberg at a fabulous place called The Cavern – look it up and book if you have kids – that delivered three meals a day, homemade biscuits for tea twice a day and had a real life Father Christmas on Christmas morning.

Which sent the present count up again.

When we got home two aunts who had been out of town before Christmas turned up just before new year, by which time the toddler had started expecting anyone who walked through the door to – you guessed it – bring some plastic stuff from China wrapped in paper.

So though for most of us the cold hard light of January is impossible to ignore, my toddler is already waiting for the next mysterious birthday of the guy called Christmas.

You see, she seems to think that Christmas is a birthday, but better than any of her friends’ because for this party you get the presents instead of giving them ...

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