Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24th 2009
I had been looking forward to this first day of the Christmas break since early December which is invariably the busiest month of the first school term: piles of homework to mark, last tests of the term, prepare the Christmas activities and organise the Christmas party for the kids. Having finished all my Christmas shopping since Sunday, I got up later than usual and enjoyed a festive breakfast - hot croissants, eggs and bacon, cereals with fruit and yoghurt and freshly ground coffee. I didn't do much the rest of the day other than email or call friends and family to wish them a happy Christmas.
Alkis came back from work around 6:00pm, had a short rest and then we got ready for the Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at the hotel where we celebrated with some good friends. Everything was absolutely perfect: the elegant decorations, the candles on the tables, the food, the music and above all great company.
Christmas Day - Friday, December 25th 2009
After almost three weeks of stormy weather, low temperatures and heavy rain, we woke to a bright and sunny Christmas with the temperature rising to 23*C. We had spent the night at the hotel, so in the morning I enjoyed my breakfast in the sun gazing at an incredibly calm sea and reading Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie. Some people were jogging on the beach in their swimming costumes while some children were playing happily on the lawn. Alkis had already gone to work since early in the morning and despite the late night we had had. I sometimes admire his energy and his stamina. In his shoes, I'd be dead!
A couple of hours later, I joined him at the lobby for a pre-lunch champagne cocktail party. During the sumptuous Christmas lunch at the Yacht Restaurant, Santa came to visit with lots of presents for everyone. The children, of course, joyfully ran to welcome him. On a sunny Christmas like this one, all he wanted was a glass of cold beer! Late in the afternoon, we went back home and opened up our presents. Santa was really extra good with me this Christmas!
Here are some photos of yet another memorable Christmas.