Game Over


I’m talking about the Christmas season and New Year’s Eve, nothing as dramatic as Graham Greene’s novel “End of the Affair”.


So all the presents have been unwrapped, our kids are still clutching and playing happily with their new and favourite acquisitions (Little T’s current fave is her talking Woody), drinks have been consumed (hardly for me though), bellies full and visits from family and friends are over, just for now of course.  Our tree is looking a bit withered now, but still looking lovely.  I’m actually thinking of taking it down today.

To sum it up, as you all know we spent our Christmas holiday with my in-laws, went to the theatre in London and managed a bit of an amble in the big capital amidst the crazy Christmas crowd.  Came back on the 27th, and since we lowered our storage heater really low so our Christmas tree will survive, we came back to a very, very, very cold wintery house.

Here’s a little collage of T’s Christmas and some of her new toys:


Yes, that is indeed a Frozen suitcase which was a present from her grandparents, complete with a personalised name tag.  She actually took that thing with her to church, I was just really thankful that everyone didn’t seem to mind and even admired it, especially her grandparents’ friends – they were all lovely.

The last two photos are our latest addition to our decorations, a tradition of choosing one Christmas decoration yearly which I’ve copied from the lovely Kate.  Little T chose the reindeer, but I wanted the Father Christmas, so instead of buying just one, we got two! Thank goodness they were on sale 🙂  These are breakable ones, so I’m hoping they’ll last for years and years to come!  Yes, I know, it might be wishful thinking in my part.

Before leaving for Bucks, little T helped her dad pack all the presents under our tree in our car.  She saw the Christmas tree look empty.  Unknown to her, once she was safely in her car-seat, I snuck some presents and put them under the tree.  These were presents that came from my side of the family (from the Phil and the States), so when we came back, imagine her surprise when she saw more Christmas presents to open!  Let’s just say, we really need to put more of her old toys up in the attic.

Phew!  Christmas is over and done with.  It’s funny how we prepare for it months in advance, only for it to be over in a few days.  Ah well, that’s all part of it!  I wouldn’t have it any other way, well maybe, minus the stress…

Are you relieved that it’s all over?  Or mixed feelings?

Have you put your Christmas decorations away?

The Reading Residence
Have a lovely weekend folks!
I have a feeling though, that most of us will be busy with the tiresome chore of putting things away up in the attic 😉


  1. I’m actually quite sad that it’s all over to be honest. You are right, it is madness that we spend months building up and preparing for it all to be over in a few days. I love Christmas, really don’t want to take my tree down but I know I will have to do it this weekend.

    Looks like you had a lovely Christmas, I love the wee touch of sneaking some presents under the tree do she had a surprise when she got home x

    • Actually took our tree down and other decorations just as after I posted this 😉 Sad to see our lovely Christmas tree go, but had to do before the pine needles start falling all over the carpet 😉 Yes, she was definitely pleased about opening more presents!

  2. It looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas…..
    My girl got Woody about 3 years ago and he’s still going strong and is still one of her favourite toys!
    I have mixed feeling about Christmas….Glad to be back to knowing what day it is but I am missing the fun and excitement it brought x

    • Woody is such a classic toy, isn’t he? Little T has three small ones, this is her first ever big(ish) and talking Woody and she absolutely loves it! 🙂 x

  3. It does go by so quickly! I’d love to have another week of it myself, as it’s been great all being at home together. Boo’s looking forward to going back to school, though, and I’m sure by Monday lunchtime, normality will have resumed here! Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas, hope taking the decorations down goes smoothly x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • What a good girl! Little T I’m afraid is the opposite, she doesn’t want to go back to school! I’m sure though once school has started again, she’ll remember how much she loves going 😉

  4. Enjoying the last long weekend before it feels like it’s all completely over! But very much looking forward to that trip up to the attic too 🙂

    • We’ve just done that back-&-forth trip up to the attic. House looks a bit bare, but for the first time, I’m actually liking it!

  5. Kind of mixed, because I do find january a bit of a slog if I’m honest! I love that you quoted Graham Greene-just re-reading some of his novels on my new Kindle at the moment and throughly enjoying them 🙂

    • I’ve actually been meaning to re-read him too, but I’m not even done with last year’s reading pile! Hopefully, I’ll have the chance this month. Yes, January may seem like a long-long, month.

  6. I’m glad you’ve had such a lovely Christmas. I have taken all my decorations down except for the tree, I can’t bear to admit it’s over quite yet x

    • I’ve managed to take everything down just this afternoon. Was a bit sad to see our lovely tree go, but didn’t want to wait till the pine needles start to fall off. It’s so difficult to hoover them off the carpet!

  7. Happy New Year! I always feel a little sad when Christmas is over – love having the time with the family. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas and I love your idea of having the children choose a decoration each year – might have to take that one up next Christmas! 🙂

    • Oh you must! It’s a sweet little tradition, one that would make-up good stories 😉 You know the “Remember when we bought ____ ?”

  8. It sounds like a wonderful Christmas. I am glad your daughter was so proud of her suitcase- I think the beauty of Christmas is the belief, and the capture of children’s gifts. I am still not ready to let ours go… I was ready to take the decs down on Boxing Day, but now I don’t know where to start.

    • So true about the beauty of Christmas 🙂 I just put mine down this afternoon. Almost stalled, but had to persevere, otherwise our carpet would be covered in pine needles!

  9. You are very efficient or perhaps we have been fried by the heat down here and gone all mellow. Our tree is still up. Last year, I just managed to get it down in time for the kids to start school at the end of January. My excuse was that we went away and I was also having chemo but to be honest, I love the tree and it is up for such a short time. We had a fresh tree every year and the scent of pine drifts throughout the house. The tree cost $55.00 so I feel we also need to get some value for money as well. It hasn’t turned brown yet.
    We have tackled the “stuff” problem a few different ways. To be honest, I’m too well versed in ignoring it most of the time. But, 2015 is a new year, which might even make me a new person…ha! Heard that last year.My husband has put in an extra shelf in our daughter’s room and bought some baskets to store things. I’m also piling things up for the charity shop and a friend who is home-schooling her kids so some of the things the kids have grown out of. Surely, this must have some kind of impact!!
    Happy New Year xx Rowena

    • Not efficient! About three years ago, we took down the tree well into January and it took ages to hoover the pine needles on the floor! Was actually traumatised by it!

      I’ve actually also been thinking of piling things up too for charity shops! Too much stuff we don’t need. You’re more efficient than I am! 😉 Do wish for more good health for you this year and of course loads of other blessings as well! 🙂 xx

  10. Yay! You started a new tradition with the ornaments!! I’m so excited about that! And it sounds like it was a beautiful and perfect Christmas for your guys – and truly, I think it’s great that Little T took her Frozen suitcase to church! That was awesome!

  11. I think that it was lovely that you put some Christmas presents back under the tree! Looks like you all had a fab time!
    I am glad Christmas is over because I was so disorganised this year!
    Happy New year

    Laura x x x

    • For the first time I actually felt glad after I’ve put everything away. Was a bit sad to see our Christmas tree go, but after all the decorations were put away – I was actually relieved! Normally, I sort of moan about it for awhile. But not this year! x

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