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Even with the restrictions, it was a great Christmas and James (name changed) really enjoyed himself.

On the day before Christmas Eve it was agreed that James would call his Mum. Unfortunately there was no reply even though we tried on numerous occasions. I asked James to screenshot his call log so we had a record of the times we tried to call. On Christmas Eve we prepared stuff for the Christmas dinner and we sat and watched some TV and just generally relaxed.

Christmas Day was hectic and lots of fun. We got up at 8am and opened presents and then I cooked a breakfast. At about 11 my boys arrived and they, and their partners, opened their presents. It was a bit chaotic but James and my sons sat and played the new PlayStation game James had received while me and the girls went and prepared dinner.

I’d got a Turkey crown, beef and gammon. We had dinner about 2pm and were all thoroughly stuffed. We played Cluedo after dinner was eaten and cleared and then sat down to watch a Star Wars film. The boys, and partners, left about 8pm and James and I sat and watched TV.

At about midnight James took himself off to bed after telling me, about 10 times, what a brilliant Christmas it had been. I took the rubbish out and washed down the work surfaces and then took my overfed body to bed.

Boxing Day consisted of a nice long walk and some football, of course. I asked James, about midday, if he wanted to call Mum but he said no. I didn’t try to persuade him. He spent some time talking to Paige, on the phone, and thanking her for his present. She was delighted with the gift he had bought her.

We had the usual cold meat and bubble and squeak for lunch and then continued watching the football. It was a strange two days, I normally have people popping in and I would go around to friends, there were no Boxing Day sales and I had James in the house. It was fantastic!

The day after Boxing Day was spent walking in the morning and being Tier 4 people in the afternoon. We walked to Blackheath Village and got a drink and sausage roll from Costa. We sat on the Heath and watched the world go by.

When we got home James decided to clean the aquarium and I put some washing on and generally tidied. There wasn’t much on the telly do we played FIFA on the PlayStation and James thrashed me. We had an email from James’ school telling us that they were awaiting Government advice about returning to school.

James was a bit upset as it meant that he may not see Paige but I reminded him that it also meant not getting up in the dark to go to school.

So, all in all, a very enjoyable time was had by all. It was a shame that James couldn’t talk to his Mum but we had tried to contact her and we couldn’t do any more than that. So it was time to get back to some sort of normality until the New Year.

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