Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Twelfth Night

New Man and I have just had a wonderful two weeks together. We spent a week celebrating Christmas with my family, topped and tailed with a day at each end with New Man's family. It was my youngest niece's first Christmas, and our first Christmas as man and wife. My father declared it the best Christmas ever - and I'm not going to argue.

We then came back and celebrated New Year with some dear friends, then battened down the hatches and spent four days just relaxing together. We pottered about, doing little jobs around the house, chatting, reading and generally just enjoying each other's company.

We went back to work yesterday, and New Man is working late tonight. I've made some supper, taken down the Christmas decorations, moved the Three Wise Men into the crib and lit the candles in front of the now-complete crib scene.

The crib needs a small amount of explanation. The stable and most of the figures were bought by my brother and his then girlfriend (now my sister-in-law) on a trip to Oberammergau. The figures are all hand-carved, and cost way more than they could afford at the time. The one thing they just couldn't stretch to was the Three Wise Men.

That was about 10 years ago, and ever since then I've been looking out for the Magi to complete the set. Last December, my sister and brother-in-law took me on a surprise trip to Munich, and we went round the Christmas markets there. There is one section of the market which is completely given over to hand-carved crib figures. Unfortunately, this being a surprise trip right at the beginning of December, I hadn't checked my existing figures, and hadn't even seen them since the previous Twelfth Night. I had to guess which figures would go best with the existing set.

Being taller and lighter in colour than all the local characters, I suspect my Wise Men may have come from the North, rather than the East...


I hope all three of my readers had a very happy and blessed Christmas, and wish you a very happy 2009.

8 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

Three readers? Phooey. You know that you've got at least four!

newhousenewjob said...

I thought I'd make a more conservative estimate in case I lost one in my latest blogging hiatus. I still live in terror of being deleted from your blogroll... ;¬)

Mac McLernon said...

Heheheheh... stop teasing. My blogroll is un-editable until Blogrolling.com gets its act together and unfreezes it!

newhousenewjob said...

That would have saved me a few sleepless nights if I'd realised...!

Seeker said...

Don't forget me! (Even if you have only 3 readers, I think that is more than I have on my blog these days!)

Happy new year anyway!

newhousenewjob said...

Oh, I often stop by your blog, Seeker. Happy new year to you too.

Beth said...

Happy New Year :)

Miss Ellen E. said...

Hi, I've just come across your blog and have really enjoyed reading it .. so that makes one more reader :)