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merry Christmas everyone, for another 10 minutes!

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:21-23

we had a really quiet Christmas this year. usually we have a full house, with family and people who didn’t have anywhere to go along for lunch. this year it was just me, mum and nic and somehow we didn’t really calibrate the amount of food that needed to be cooked. we had heaps and heaps of lovely roast turkey and vegetables, a little bit of pudding. tomorrow we’re catching up with linda and she said she didn’t mind Christmas leftovers so i’m sure it’s going to taste wonderful the day after.

it was a good day actually. church was great, as it usually is on Christmas day. john and i sang a colin buchanan song as an item (an elvis-style ditty called ‘angels singing glory’) – a lot of fun but a little sad, as it’s the last time i’m ever going to sing or play with john at church (he leaves for gunnedah later this week). we ate lunch quite late in the day (nic had slept in, as is his wont), played scrabble (i finished first but mum had the most points, as usual), watched when harry met sally, and generally lay around listening to harry connick jnr and michael buble.

present-wise, i totally cleaned up this year – i’m so lucky. i don’t ever remember getting such a huge pile of Christmas presents. it’s amazing and totally unexpected. thank you everyone!!!

(i tried to get a photo of the beautiful earrings kieran made for me, but my camera is so unbelievably crap and i can’t be bothered fiddling to make it work. you’ll just have to take my word for it – they’re gorgeous, like icicles or really delicate Christmas decorations.)

and this is the one that made me whoop with laughter:

ironmanmeet my ironing board.

it says he’s called ironman on the box, but i shall have to think of a better name for him. isn’t it great? i think this is possibly the only time in my life i’m ever going to get excited about being given an ironing board for Christmas. but, as you well know, i do like my whimsy and mum got it just right.

nic made some crack about finally having a man in my life…well, he helps with the ironing and makes me laugh, so that’s already a bonus. (heath – what does this add to your bit about ‘next boyfriends’?)

so merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. i hope you all had a great Christmas with friends and/or family, that you were comfortable and well-fed, and that you were able to think about the amazing miracle of Jesus being born to save us.

oh, but before i go, in case you happen to run into him on the street:

ironman in disguise
ironman in disguise.