I mentioned earlier that Christmas was for once absolutely wonderful! I think I'd give away too much personal stuff and too much family history if I were to write the details about it, but some things happened that really made Christmas 2008 very memorable to me.
The practical matters worked out great too, as I was able to have pretty much one full day with my Mum and one full day with my Dad and his family.
The rest of the holidays worked out really well too. I often find it difficult living with so many people, and little children, for a long period of time, as I am very used to being on my own, and feel the need for personal space. But this year it actually went better than I had expected. Not everything was great of course, but on the whole, it felt better than I thought it would. And for that I am very grateful!
Toward the end of the holidays, things didn't turn out so well though. Once again, I don't feel comfortable going into details but there were a few things and incidents that gave the end of the holiday a bitter taste ... for various reasons. I don't mean to say that this changed my view on the entire trip, but these things were so severe, I still feel I should mention them.
Another thing that wasn't really great during the holidays was studies. I did try to study when I was away, make no mistake about that, but I have my own techniques when it comes to studying, and unfortunately they don't work there. My Dad's girlfriend studies some as well, but she goes about it completely different from me. She can easily sit with her books for a short period of time, any time between 15 minutes and an hour, and actually learn something ... which is great, because she can get studying done when the kids are taking their mid-day rest or after they've gone to bed at night. But I can't. If I sit down for an hour, and then doesn't get anything done for a day or so, that hour is wasted ... I don't remember anything and I have to do it all over again. Which was the case here ... So basically, I didn't get anything at all done, meaning I'm in a whole lot of trouble right now! (So why am I blogging instead of writing my exam-report on Galatians right now?!?! I'm a hopeless case!)
Still, my overall impression of the holidays is really good this year, and that is something I will definitely take with me.
Finishing off with some lovely photos. We did get some nice winter weather around New Year, so these photos are taken on December 31 and January 1. Enjoy!