Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Twas the night after Christmas...

Well not quite but celebrating Christmas on the Emperors birthday and things start to get confusing. The Gods must have been smiling, or perhaps the Emperor, because today could have followed one of a million patterns that was worse than what it was but it didn't.

The BEST part of the day was the 37 seconds at 6am this morning when Shou realised Santa had left a box beside his bed. He had come into our room (Shou, not Santa) at five and was in sleepy haze enough to be coaxed back to sleep for an hour. Afterwhich I asked if he had seen anything in his room. He went and turned on the light and what do you know. He doesn't notice that three types of paper have been used to wrap it - or that the same paper was used later to wrap the prezzies for our friends that came over. His face was priceless. The complete and utter joy of knowing nothing but that you have been given the exact toy you have been asking for for months. It was magical.

Marina wasn't quite as good with the reaction thing but Shou kind of got her into it all which was good. Shou was almost as equally pleased for Ryu when mummy said she found a prezzie in by his cot.

They only got one prezzie each today - the big one. The public holiday for the Emperor's 76th birthday meant they had a whole day to play with it.

Hub got home at 2am last night. Wasn't impressed. He missed out on Shou's best ever Christmas expression which was his loss. He asked if he could stay in bed for another three hours - yeah right. For self-inflicted hangover? Sent Shou up after two hours to jump on him. The kids had been fed and clothed and needed entertaining while I sorted the house out and started to get ready for our afternoon guests.

All good though, got everything sorted. Lamb, spuds and pumpkin roasted, meringues creamed and fuited and eclairs iced and creamed.

Guests arrived at four with a bucket of KFC - as you do. I knew they were bringing it though as Chiemi had said her hub had ordered it a couple of weeks a go.

Great Christmas party followed and I would like to write more about it but there is a pile of dishes in the sink that need attending to. There is also a cold beer which I will be having by self as all other persons are sound asleep. Yay Marina - she went down straight away last night, nap today and this evening. Long may it last.

SDGH&QL

6 comments:

Brenda said...

Glad to hear Christmas dinner went well. I can't wait until Sara is old enough to be excited at presents. Right now I think she's more excited to dig in the garbage or endlessly pull tissues out of the box than any toy could possibly make her. I am however, looking forward to the look on hub's face when he sees the camera I got him. Merry Christmas and Happy Emperor's Birthday!

Rachel said...

I remember when the kids weren't quite reacting in the way I expected, all sleepy on Christmas morning and not even wanting to get out of bed! It's all coming together now they are SO excited about tomorrow night. Sounds like you had a great party, lamb sounds delish. See you Sunday

Oyomesan said...

Sounds great!

Reminds me that I think it was the wrapping paper connection that gave the game away to me when I was a child....hmmm...Mummy and Santa use the same paper....hmmm....

Do hope the Work Drinking comes to an end soon so he is actually HOME and drinking with you. This whole work-is-like-family thing in Japan is the thing I really really hate - the sooner this Japanese custom dies the better for all.

illahee said...

my mom worked really hard at getting special santa paper each year. always had to have santa on it, too! she always did a pretty good job at hiding the santa paper! sadly, it's difficult to get wrapping paper here so i am at a bit of a loss....

sounds like a lovely christmas party!

Chrysanthemum Mum said...

Glad to hear you all had a lovely day. Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...

Good to hear it all went well. :)

Merry Christmas :)