Christmas 2010

So one of my nieces got a Nintendo DS for Christmas yesterday. It’s something she’s been asking for for three years. When she opened the parcel and saw what she got, she freezed for a moment and then jumped into her mother’s lap and clung to her for five minutes in overwhelmed silence. She had tears in her eyes. I had expected a strong reaction, but a more hysterical one. What she did was actually much more intense.
My brother and his wife got themselves a PS3 Move. That makes it sound like it was a video game centric Christmas, which it wasn’t. Everyone in this household spends comparatively little time in front of the TV or the computer, and it shows in the way they interact and speak to each other (of course there’s more to it than that). It’s the healthiest family I’ve ever witnessed.
My brother’s family, his parents in law and I sat together and had a nice meal. It was very Christmas-y. I called both my parents and they seemed fine. They don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s never been their thing. They’re alone, but neither of them sounded lonely, which I found reassuring.
I’ve got three more days here, than I’m going back home to my father.