Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Yule Blog 2008... Or...The cleverness of FC

Before I help Father Christmas each year, I always have a little tot up of what has been spent on each child. It is of course imperative that each child has the same spent on them. This is however quite a challenge, as I never actually count either numbers of presents or total up monies spent as I go along. So, come Christmas Eve it would of course be too late if it were wrong.

This though is when I realise that there is a Father Christmas. For every year, including this one, miraculously we have the same number of presents per child and the same amount spent almost to the penny.

"Oh the cleverness of me," from Peter Pan springs to mind: it being the play that my mother used to take me to see every Christmas when I was little. But, just like Peter Pan, I somehow think that it is not me, but my magical friend FC who is responsible. Hubby is not really involved too closely on the present front, so it isn't him. It is just pure magic. It's the sort of magic that happens in families. Like the magic that means that by some strange coincidence if you do a certain mathematical exercise with our children's DOBS, then they all add up to 27. And it's only in our family that that happens...

Meanwhile, we have seven children to entertain this Christmas. (Yes that's right, seven. We gained two that we are fostering, just last week.Two boys from Afghanistan.) Presents have all been dispatched to FC; and the children are nearly all in bed (Please GO soon kids! I need to go to bed myself, and I CAN'T until you do... if you get my gist.)

The thing is, with little or next to no English available, and no former understanding of western culture, let alone Father Christmas, how do you explain to the newbies that they need to go to bed now, otherwise, Christmas cannot happen as it should? One of the said guests is currently sitting at at Hubby's laptop with headphones on, singing along to Indian music in a voice that if it were based on volume it might just win him the Afghan version of the X Factor. Ever the tactful, Sensible, not wanting to draw attention to herself, has just sent me a text asking me to ask him if he could perhaps sing a little more quietly.... as he is keeping her awake.... Thanks Sensible....

In the meantime, just before I do some pigeon English explanations of why my new guests really should go to bed, I wish you all a very merry and very lovely Christmas.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

16 comments:

pierre l said...

Your organisation skills are amazing, Sally. Thank you for a great post.
A Happy Christmas to to you and all yours.

ChrisB said...

Just dropped in the wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

john.g. said...

Merry Xmas Sally! xx

Anonymous said...

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=hENOK6mQYxU This springs to mind...though in a less tuneful, louder more irritating format.... :) merry christmas!!!!!!ed xxxxxxxxx

Uncle Norman said...

Sally and DL I take my hat off to you both, not only looking after your own brood but helping two others as well. You know my sentiments about trying to look after kids and it restores my faith in human nature when people do something positive rather than talk a good job.

I wish you and yours a belated Happy Christmas and hope you all have a happy and safe New year.

Very best wishes as always.
UN

Pamela said...

greetings a day late.
Hope Santa arrived soon after you posted!!

Akelamalu said...

Hope you managed to get to bed before Santa arrived! :)

Alice Band said...

Sally and Beloved,
My God, I take my hat off to you! I am absolutley, totally wiped out. I CAN'T do this again next year. There must be another way....

Flower Design Jane said...

Happy Christmas Sally, I'd missed you since Freddies Mum post, but now I can see how busy you've been, I hope you and yours have a fab festive season

Norma said...

Merry Christmas. How nice that you have guests.

beck said...

Hi Sally, thanks for your comment on my blog! I note that you too have four girls and one boy..is he in the middle? I hope to read your blog more when I return from holidays at the beach. Bye for now, x

Ignorminious said...

I honestly don't know how you do it Sally, but you do!

Hope you had a great Christmas and have a wonderful New Year :-)

Flowerpot said...

have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year Sally!

Karmyn R said...

Happy New Year. I'd love to hear how you acquired two kids from Afghanistan and their story!!!

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