...and yesterday, after five solid days of cleaning, unpacking, cleaning and cooking, I was too pooped to pop.
As you can see from the photo here, the house is once again resembling our home, and it feels good.
When my daughter was a first grader, she had a revelation. She's always known that her mom and dad come from different countries and celebrate different holidays... so she concluded that since Daddy is British and Mommy's American, that Chanukah was an American holiday and Christmas was British. It's easy to understand how she got that idea.
Christmas is an important holiday for my husband and over the years, we've developed our own traditions. One of them is to call his family in Wales. Another is to watch the Queen's annual Christmas speech, which is available on the Internet. I cook British style food on Christmas, set the table with Christmas crackers and end the meal by steaming a Christmas pudding.
Back in September, when we were replacing our roof, my husband had a brainstorm: while the roof was off, he was able to string HDMI and ethernet cables throughout the house. So this year, we were able to access the Internet on our new big screen TV. So we began our day sipping coffee at 7:00 AM (3:00 PM UK time) with the Queen...
I'm looking forward to watching the Doctor Who Christmas special when it airs on BBC America tomorrow.
Christmas 2009 has been a good one for us... and all the sweeter for having our home back.