We have officially made it through our first Christmas away from home. We lived. Our families lived. We have sworn to be home for next Christmas even if by then TSA regulations make us stand on one foot, pat our heads while rubbing our stomachs and sing “Father Abraham” the whole way.
It is a few days past Christmas now, but I hope you will indulge me in a final Christmas post. It really was a bizarre holiday season because I have never felt so conflicted. On one hand Mike and I had tons of fun playing in London this Christmas. We would just walk around the city and enjoy all the lights and sounds and we have so much fun just hanging out together! But at all times it seemed I was acutely aware of what was going on back home. I think it will just serve to make our next Christmas with our families even more special.
On Christmas eve, we met some friends at Hampton Court and went ice skating!
Andrea trying to be Michelle Kwan:
After skating, we went to a pub on the river for a late Christmas Eve lunch and had English food- I had fish and chips and Mike had duck! We don’t do the traditional English Christmas food like mincemeat pies or Christmas pudding but we did have sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream and caramel sauce and holy cow- it may be the secret to world peace.
Then we headed to Mitcham (read: London industrial park/ghetto) to pick up our Christmas presents from my family because there is some kind of Bermuda triangle over our flat that prevents proper package delivery. But it was worth it!!
Our Christmas day we got up and opened all the presents under the tree and the rest of the day was fairly uneventful because there are no transportation services so we stayed home in our pjs and cuddled on the couch and watched movies all day! We bought lots of snack food and had it out to munch on all day rather than try to cook some feast for two and had a nice relaxing time. So in short, we had a great Christmas but we missed you all terribly.
I got this from Jeanne and it will always go up on my tree and remind me of this Christmas and being home: