In the eyes of the Rascally Trio, where presents are concerned it’s the Larger The Better. Our telephone conversation this morning, therefore, focussed on (i) the size of each of our presents to them; and (ii) whether
(given the size, you understand) I would be able to wrap them up. I assured them of my ability in Present Wrapping, citing as an example the fact that I had already wrapped Tala and Lilia’s presents. Young Faris was quick to realise this meant I hadn’t
yet wrapped his present - querying whether this was anything to do with his gift being the biggest...
I can’t help reflecting, somewhat ruefully, that in
not so very many years time, they will be assessing whether the parcel is small enough to shelter a smart phone...
Christmas 2019 will officially begin for Mr
B and I tomorrow morning when the Trio burst upon the scene. I use the word “burst” advisedly. I have dressed the Giant Penguin in appropriately festive finery, in readiness for his sojourn on the doorstep and have erected the “Santa Please
Stop Here” sign on the grass outside our front door. Okay, so this year the Trio will be expecting the Big Man in the Red Suit to visit them in their own home as they won’t be staying the night here - but I’m hoping he might still drop in
on us on his way.
The Trio’s mother, Middle of the Darling Daughters, and I have made tentative plans for our Christmas Eve. The main event (let’s
just set the presents to one side for the moment, shall we? “Nooooo!” I hear the littl’uns cry) is a trip to the circus at a local garden centre with a Guest Appearance by Santa thrown in. This will be my second visit to this circus, the
first being a couple of years ago, accompanied by the (Not So Very Little) Welsh Boys and their parents. That event was especially memorable for the moment when the boys’ poor mamma was pushed into the ring to dance with a giant polar bear. I kid
you not. I haven’t warned the Middle of the Darling Daughters of the dangerous possibility that she, too, might find herself the Centre of Attraction. (We did, however, benefit by having a family photograph taken with the stars of the show, free of charge.)
Another of our plans for tomorrow was to walk round to see the Magic House, all lit up for charity - but doing a quick recce this afternoon, I discovered that the house in
question has not undergone its usual Twinkling Transformation. Fortunately I have located another Magic House which I came across by accident one evening when collecting Mr B’s KFC (other finger-lickin’ chicken restaurants are doubtless as tasty
and just as available.)
Timing will be everything tomorrow and I am wondering how to orchestrate proceedings satisfactorily in order to avoid tears and / or tantrums.
The thing is, I don’t think we will have time to open the (extremely large) presents and enjoy them properly before we head off for the circus. It would be better (says I, who obviously knows no better) if we waited to unwrap them (the gifts, not the
Trio) on our return from the circus. Besides, the Trio do each have another present from us to open - their annual Christmas tree decorations. Maybe, I reckon, they could open these before the circus, leaving the larger parcels for later? It makes perfect
sense to me - but there is a major flaw in my reasoning-
You see, the gift boxes in which the tree decorations have been packed are really, well, quite small...