The most wonderful Christmas

Hello friends, it’s good to be back on the blog after Christmas; I hope you’ve all had a GREAT time! I certainly did – and I can safely say it’s been my most wonderful Christmas ever…

As I’ve told you, we newlyweds had only been reunited on the 5th of December after a month of being apart just a week after we’d got married… Anyway – I went to meet my darling husband at the airport, and we took the Metro to Syntagma Square, the centre of Athens, from where we’d get the bus to Piraeus. And really, Syntagma Square had been turned into a magical place! All those lights there got us into a Christmas mood at once…

The next days and weeks, though, weren’t pure entertainment: we had to get together papers and more papers and still more papers that the German embassy wants just for my change of name! Heck, I just married Mr Craine, so ain’t I Mrs Craine now??? Not the way the Germans see it, it seems, much the less since I’d been married before, to a Greek… Anyway, we went to the registry, to the court, to the archive, and got all the documents together to have them translated in the new year and then take them to the German embassy for approval. Never mind that I need a new passport with my new surname in order to apply for a permit in the UK before Brexit on the 29th of March…

At some point, we just stopped caring. Actually, it was JUST in time – on Christmas Eve, after having collected the last of the Greek papers in the morning! Then, something clicked in our heads: WAIT a moment, it’s the holidays now!! And so, we spent the rest of the day putting up our Christmas trees – the big one in the living room, and the small one in the bedroom, just about Jimmy’s size…

We had a wonderfully romantic Christmas Eve, just the two of us, as it should be for a newlywed couple! The blinking lights, some cake, some snacks, and some cocktails – and we realised that nothing can EVER separate us anymore…

And the next day, we went over to my parents for a lovely Christmas lunch – duck! My Mum’s a great cook, and she concocted a fantastic meal as always; and with the new son-in-law being a guest for the first time…

We had the most wonderful afternoon together, combining British and German Christmas traditions, listening to music, watching the winter sports, talking about everything under the sun – we completely forgot about the problems of the past year, my Mum’s operations, my Dad’s health problems, our bureaucratic hassle… It was all just – perfect!

And now it’s full speed ahead for New Year’s Eve – my favourite day of the year! Which gives me the opportunity to wish you all a wonderful New Year 2019, dear friends; wherever you are, have a great time with lots of fun and joy and happiness and, most of all, LOVE!!

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