Hope everyone had a good one!
We spent the morning plundering stockings as usual and then a traditional and delicious Christmas lunch complete with turkey, roast potatoes and those wonderful mini-sausages wrapped in bacon. Mmmmm! My Secret Santa present is worth special mention – it was a babbleblog group thing between Pingu, GG, Mr X, Dan, Nathan, Nic and myself – and mine turned out to be from Pingu. Not one but three gifts! A McFly calendar (which went straight to Tash), some splatter egg things and the real heart of the present – a Doctor Who sonic screwdriver!
This thing is super cool. It extends, makes noises and flashes just like you’d expect, but it’s also fitted with a special UV pen and light for writing secret messages. You can run around the house all day with this thing feeling six years old and loving every minute! Thanks Pingu! As a matter of fact he was my Secret Santee too so I got him a talking Dalek mug which yells “EXTERMINATE!” if you try to pick it up.
Talking of Doctor Who – I’ve got to say now that the Christmas Invasion episode was simply astounding entertainment. We went to grandparents in the evening to meet up with all the family (which was also great ) so recorded it and watched at about midnight as a family together on the sofa. Amazing! Killer Santas, evil Christmas trees, a fantastic new Doctor, scary new aliens – it was magnificent. Russell T Davies needs a knighthood for services to humanity.
What’s more, it won the BBC the ratings war with around 9.4 million people tuning in, the second highest rated programme that day after EastEnders.
On Boxing Day we had our traditional walk on Hampstead Heath to try and stave off any seasonal obesity. Because as the next photo indicates, I’ve also got a whole load of food to eat now – including those wonderful Creme Eggs which Katie bought. There are some other goodies pictured too… you can see my tastes from the trio of BBC DVDs but honestly, they really do rock when it comes to great programmes. Look Around You deserves special mention as I finally bought it (a couple of years after airing!) and it made me laugh heartily today. “Thanks ants. Thants.”
And finally, I want to give a shout out to Lucy because she hasn’t had one yet, and because Nic singularly failed to introduce us for years even though we’d get on so well. And also because she shares Josie’s trait for funky hats. Which rocks.