Trouble is, we had such a wonderful Christmas break, that now it's all over, I'm feeling a bit blue.
The Old Man was off work for the entire school holiday and it was great to be able to spend time together and the extended break meant we could fit in everything we wanted without rushing around like headless chickens as we do most weekends.
We caught up with friends - some of whom only visit down south once a year; spent time with family; partied; ate til we nearly burst and there were at least three occasions where I think I vowed I'd NEVER drink again.
Some of our magical moments included reading her a special book which arrived on Christmas Eve. I read it to her that night as I tucked our excited little bundle into bed. She was absolutely in awe of the tale of Santa Claus and how she helped him deliver presents all over the world one special year. She was literally open-mouthed in astonishment every time I read her name or address or her friends name.
|So personal is it I've had to blank out our details here!|
We snuggled on the sofa or all clambered into bed on other nights with huge bowls of popcorn and DVDs. Our family favourite was The Polar Express  [DVD] which I think we ended up watching four times over the holidays.
|The Polar Express by Warner Bros|
I wasn't sure Ruby would like the computer generated animation to begin with, and I have to be honest I found it a bit spooky to start with, but you soon got caught up in the tale of the magic of Christmas, and again I think this is one to come back to year after year - especially as she begins to doubt the existence of the big white bearded fella...
With walks in the woods, trips to the pictures and a day out at Thomas Land, it was truly an action-packed time. We've started some new traditions and got back to what's really important - friends and family.
After that whirlwind I guess it's not surprising I'm on a bit of a come-down. So cheer me up - tell me about your magical Christmas moments...
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