Just when I thought that Christmas was well and truly over, we turned up at Nanni's house and, guess what, it was still in full swing!
Nanni says the festive season can
go on for as long as you have somebody to celebrate with - which sounds to me as if you could spin it out all year round, if you really put your mind to it, but Nanni says you can have Too Much of a Good Thing. Which seems a great pity to me, but then Nanni
has reached a Great Age and probably knows a thing or two about Good Things and how long they last. Still I bet you didn't know that Christmas has a "Best Before" date, did you? No, nor did I.
Anyway it didn't
matter because, as I say, it was still very much Christmas at Nanni's house. My Mummy took down our Christmas tree at home on Boxing Day because the Twinkles and I had almost worked out how to dismantle it - such a spoilsport she was. When she saw that Nanni's
tree was still twinkling away with its cheeky reindeer on top, she said that Nanni's house was even more of a nightmare than usual. The Twinkles and I all thought this was a trifle unfair as Nanni's house is just the most splendid place for Danger and Hazardous
Situations. Danger lurks in every drawer, in every cupboard, on every windowsill. It is, as I said, truly, splendiferously dangerous for those of an Inquisitive Nature.
Because it was still Christmas at Nanni
and Grandad's house, we had presents! Tala and Lilia each had a crib for their babies, with pillows and duvets and everything. We immediately put the babies to bed and I tried to pull the curtains so that it would be dark and they would sleep better - but
Nanni said it would be a shame to shut the sun out. I don't remember us inviting the sun in, to be honest, but Nanni does entertain these Fanciful Ideas and I feel the least I can do is to humour her. I helped rock the babies in their new cribs, I think I
will make a good Daddy one day though I will need a wife. If you can keep a secret, I do have a girl-friend I met at pre-school. Her name is Poppy and she is the kindest person I have met. We may get marriaged one day, though not till we are much, much older.
Say six years old or so.
My present was much smaller than the twins' but I am starting to realise that Nanni is right when she says that good things come in small packets. She was cuddling a Twin at the time
so she may have been talking about something else altogether but she could well have been talking about my present, which was noculars. They don't have a strap to go round my neck because of Elf and Safety. Who are probably some of Santa's little helpers but
inefficient ones who forgot the neck strap and fitted one to go round my wrist instead. With my new noculars I will be able to watch out for birds in our garden and see them up close, always providing I remember which end to look through.
Present opening was great fun but rather noisy so we decided to go out for a while to help Grandad recover. We went to a park where we were able to scoot to our hearts' content. Nanni was most impressed with our flashing lights
and bells. She should have put them on her Christmas list if she wanted some like them but then she doesn't have a scooter so it might have been a bit of a waste. We met a dog called Rio who was as tall as Tala but she wasn't a bit scared when he bounded up
to her and stood, face to face, eyeing her. I was well proud of her, she has obviously been listening to my Lessons in Life which include Creating Havoc, the Meaning of Mayhem, Making Your Presence Felt and, of course, Not Being a Scaredy Cat. Or, in this
case, a Scaredy Dog.
We had chips to keep us going and to give us energy for bathtime which is always A Riot in Nanni's house. Our actual Christmas dinner came from India and was Takeaway. We all liked Takeaway
and hope we will be able to have it again one day. There was quite a lot of rice on the floor when we had finished but Nanni said not to worry, it would only take two shakes to clear up. Two shakes of what? I wonder - but it was time to go home so I haven't
been able to find out what Nanni shakes when she is clearing up and why she needs two shakes when you might think one would be plenty.
It was straight to bed when we arrived home for all three of us - but
at least I had something precious to help me remember our oh so special Second Christmas:
I took my noculars to bed with me...