Nick - I'm glad everyone will be okay eventually. How scary and sad. And also, how sad that the thought that this could be a terrorist type event even has to be entertained - we live in a scary world that way.
I'm glad everyone's holidays were either lovely, or at least now over. Jo, it makes me angry on your behalf that your wishes aren't respected. How unfair and manipulative for your family to persistently act that way.
I had a lovely day yesterday. We got up early (Justin set his alarm for before sunrise
) and opened gifts. My kids were so excited and pleased with their gifts - and that is the most fun for me. My son's gf was with us, and I did a stocking for her this year and she was pleased to be included. We got the kids a lot of things that are more projects - rock supplies for older dd to help with jewelry making, magnetix for Justin, and some crafting supplies for little dd and her big gift was playmobile stuff - she already has the castle and a carriage and horses, and dh picked out the dragon's castle for her this year, and a pirate ship to carry the people from one castle to another. Dh spent the whole day playing with one kid or another, rotating from one to the other. He polished rocks with Catherine and used her new rock saw to cut some rocks, he built magnetix with Justin and played a new game with him, and he played pretend with Caroline and her playmobile stuff for hours and hours. In between, I knit with Catherine, and played games with Justin, and did paper crafts with Caroline. We ate good food, and no one got dressed the whole day, we just stayed in our jammies and played and enjoyed each other.
My dh managed to come up with another really thoughtful gift. I've been so stressed and anxious lately, which is not lost on him. So, he got me a group of things with the goal for me to pick at least 1 day a month to be pampered. So I got new tea light holders and tea lights that burn for 4-6 hours, and lots of bubble bath, and a new bottle of wine for each month (he picked all sorts of kinds - champagne for our anniversary month, etc.) His promise is to do whatever I want for the 4-6 hours the candles burn - a massage, or brushing my hair (which I love) or even just to do the dishes, or several suggestions I won't reprint here
I worked half a day today and am still posting from work, but am on my way out the door. I hope the day after is good for all of you who celebrated!