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December 25, 2006

Merry Keswick!

We've been having a wonderful time here in Munich, although of course it is strange to be having Christmas apart from our families.


Last night, to get in the Christmas mood, Claire read "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moorse to me, and I read Paul Cornell's Sunday Times short Doctor Who story - "Deep and Dreamless Sleep" - to Claire, well up to the bit where it was sad, and then we just sat and read the end together. We then listened to the latest Christian O'Connell podcast featuring Virgin Radio's Christmas Panto starring David Tennant, Thandie Newton and Brian "I'm Brian Blessed" Blessed.

We've keep some of our family traditions up. On Christmas Eve we had a seafood special of smoked salmon and prawns for tea, and this morning after a hearty cooked breakfast, we opened our presents accompanied by sparkling wine. A big thank you to everyone who managed to get presents and cards to us in Austria or via email - it was really appreciated.


Our hotel has been good to us too - yesterday at breakfast we each got a chocolate Father Christmas, and then today the security guard came round to each room to give us Christmas cake, and a scroll with a German Weihnachten poem on it.

This morning we've been playing games, and watching the Depche Mode live in Milan DVD we got for ourselves - it was recorded at the gig we were at in Italy in February this year. The plan for later is to play some more PlayStation and watch "The Nightmare Before Christmas". In the absence of new TV Doctor Who (which, hopefully via the miracle of BitTorrent we'll be watching tomorrow) we'll be listening to a Doctor Who talking book (probably "The Feast of the Drowned" narrated by the Doctor himself). We've found a little Greek restaurant down the road from us, which looked like it might be open today, so we are going to give that a try for dinner tonight.

And the icing on the Christmas cake? Well, despite the protestations of the weather men who said it wouldn't happen, we woke up today and found Munich did have a very thin covering of snow. Then, as we sat and ate breakfast, it began to snow lightly out of the window. So, although it isn't very white, we did get our white Christmas after all.


I've put some pictures of our day so far up on Flickr . Happy Christmas everyone from both of us!

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