Christmas part two

So, Christmas is always two days here in The Netherlands. Christmas Day on the 25th and what is Boxing Day in the UK is called “Second Christmas Day” over here.

Traditionally, we celebrate Christmas Day with my in-laws. Mr Esther is an only child, so it’s only the 6 of us. The in-laws came over in the afternoon of the 25th and stayed for a nice low-key but festive dinner that Mr Esther prepared (he enjoys doing that way more than I do)…

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Yesterday, the 26th and Second Christmas Day, we always celebrate with my family at my mother’s apartment. I have loads of brothers and sisters and only one of them and his kids couldn’t be there, they’re in Israel. The rest were able to come, even my brother and niece who live in London. So it was pretty busy with my mom, my aunt, 6 siblings with 2 partners and a friend, and 7 nephews and nieces. My mom always starts with reading a passage from the bible and a little speech, this year it was about having compassion for others.

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My dad is still very much missed and was also commemorated…

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We then celebrated Christmas with a few gifts and everyone had brought something to eat for a buffet dinner. There was music and dancing and a lot of jolliness…

… and within no time my younger brother J spawned an idea: he wants to take my two kids (17 and 15) and my other brother’s daughter (14) to London to stay with my third brother D and his daughter (also 14) over New Year’s! D and his daughter were totally up for it, and after checking flight info it became clear that this idea was very affordable. So, within an hour of the idea being born, a flight for four was booked to London and the four of them will be staying at D’s around New Year’s! This means that for the first time in 17 years Mr Esther and I won’t have a New Year’s Eve with our kids… that makes me sad but at the same time I am also thrilled that they are going on this mini adventure with my brothers! Great cousins and uncles bonding time.

The upside is that Mr Esther and I can go off and do something on our own. So, we booked a hotel in Hamburg and will spend a few days there around the New Year, just the two of us! I’ve only once ever very briefly passed through Hamburg before, know little about the place but am told it’s a fun city. Now we’ll get to see for ourselves. If it’s going to look anything like this, it’ll be cool!

This Christmas break keeps on giving. Perfect respite after the shit time I’ve been having at work. I hope to be so filled up with joy and happiness that by the time I return to work, I will be energized again and maybe things will feel a little lighter.

25 thoughts on “Christmas part two

  1. Servetus

    Oh, wow, Hamburg! I love Hamburg! I hope you have good weather so you can walk around a lot or maybe go on a harbor tour. That will be a wonderful new Year’ Eve!

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  2. Violet

    It sounds like you all had lovely Christmas times together. I’m sure your father was there in spirit. May you all enjoy your New Year Eve’s celebrations! ๐ŸŽ‰

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  3. I hope your children love London and you and Mr Esther have a blast in Hamburg!! Do they do big fireworks displays in Hamburg?
    Thank you for sharing your Cmas Day and Second Cmas Day celebrations
    They both looked wonderful and treasurable ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  4. Spontaneous decisions are usually the best! I bet your kids will have a blast! Have a great time in Hamburg! I am looking forward to February when OH and I will go to a concert at the Elbphilharmonie. We’ll stay in Hamburg for a weekend and I have to admit it’ll be my first visit although I passed the city several times on our way to you E asstern Frisia or Schleswig-Holstein…

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  5. Brilliant!!! Spontaneous ideas are the best! Your kids are going to love the uncle time in London. And you will hopefully enjoy Hamburg, too. It’s a pretty place. I love how present the water is in the city.

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    1. The kids are extremely excited already and although it tugs at my heartstrings a little to let them go away for New Year’s, I am very happy for them and actually quite excited to have that alone time with Mr Esther in Hamburg! My brothers are the best uncles, I’m sure we’ll all have good times. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Nice that so many of your family were able to get together! Must have been nice for your mother. Thatโ€™s one thing I miss being so far away from everyone โ€” itโ€™s just our little family of four for holidays. Those New Year plans sound like great fun, for your kids as well as you and your husband. Enjoy!

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