It had all gone quite smoothly really. Considering that not a single Christmas preparation had been made by any adult until a week before Christmas.
Somehow, miraculously, every present arrived safely through the chimney, the mince pies and Christmas cake got made iced and decorated, the turkey hit the table on time and enough alcohol was consumed to make a merry Christmas for all. And apart from Father Christmas giving Tinkerbell Mushroom and Gymnast some size 8 to 10 underwear, instead of aged 8 to 10 he did quite well really. It's an easy mistake to make. Especially when you have been up all night. I know how he feels. I too was up until 5 a.m. on the night of 23rd... It happens at this time of the year...
There were sadly one or two blips in the proceedings, due to the lurgy hitting the household at a very inconvenient time, which sadly put various ones out of action for a few hours in the lead up to Christmas day, and then Sensible and ED on the day itself.
But...when we had drunk and eaten merrily for a few days and the last of our Christmas guests had all gone home, we sat down to play Cluedo.
Well... that was after we had got the set out.
"The revolver card's missing" said Sensible.
Being a man, Hubby seemed to think that that would not allow us to play the game.
"Can we not just take the revolver out of the equation?" I asked. A general concurrence spread round the room, and Hubby conceded that this was perhaps possible.
"These aren't the right cards" said ED. They belong to another game.
"Shall we play something else?" Said Hubby. "We really need a new set."
"Give me five minutes." I said,rushing to the computer.
I ran off some game cards from the Internet and came back into the room, seriously pleased with myself at my ingenuity.
Hubby doled out the cards to everyone.
"Oh" said Sensible. "I've got the revolver card."
We put the revolver back into the game.
Hubby doled out the cards again....
And then we finally played.
Tinkerbell Mushroom got the hang of the game very well indeed. And her asking several times if one or other of us had Professor Plum simply added to the entertainment.
As for the older three colluding on the evidence I raised an eyebrow.
"Look Mum" said ESOS, "If there is a real murder case, and the Spanish Police have some evidence and the British Police have more "different" evidence, do you think that they withhold the information from each other? Absolutely not. It just makes the whole thing more efficient."
You could course call it cheating.....
But that would be boring....
In the meantime........................
I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.....
7 months ago