To All NCHers. A very happy, safe and warm Christmas.
Looking for Father Christmas to come down the drive on Christmas eve and getting a gift. We were always last Di, as he alway started at number eight !
A stocking on your bed when you woke up. The morning service, (choirboy duty). A pillowcase to be found and identified by Sisters nickname for you. Mine was, "I Ammm" and "I knowww", cant think why. The laughter, the gasps, the sheer noise as we opened the gifts. The Christmas dinner, stuffed to the gills and almost breaking teeth as you found the sixpence or threepenny bit. How did Sister make sure every child got one when she spooned it out?.
Yes, we were so lucky and am so glad I was there. Arriving as a Baby in Fairfield, like Di, I knew no other Christmas and it came as almost a shock when, living in lodgings in Chester, it was so very different. Like Dave, I still give a thought to the Sisters who must have put in so many hours of their time to make it so good for us, Bless them all.
Many of the things I did at Fairfield are done to this day with my family, Daughter Hayley grew up with them and now it's granddaughter Farrahs turn and she loves them, although at Nine she is having the Santa doubts.
Di, You have enough there for a football crowd !, I recognize some of the faces from the reunions of course. I cant imagine the volume when everyone is there!, I bet You and Lew collapse when all have gone home.
Do you have snow yet Shelagh?, We got four inch's one day and it was gone the next.
Once again, Merry Christmas All NCher's.