Christmas at the Henson's
Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
83Trip End Apr 10, 2010
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Where I stayed
Uncle David and Aunty Annalie's
The seasons festivities and present swapping were focused on the Christmas Eve meal and to save people money a Secret Santa type scenario had been arranged. The food was fantastic and in terms of gifts I ended up with a puzzle cube - something that has proved to be more of a frustration than a joy (so far) - and Gem received some girlie smelly thing or other. All in all it was one of the best Christmas’s I’ve had.
The following day we went to a church meeting and sang Christmas Carols, followed by the eager pursuit of the necessary sluggish behaviour expected of a group of people who had possibly over-indulged in good food a little too much. The sluggishness was greatly helped by the soaring temperatures that must have reached the late 20s.
The day after that I went on a cycle ride with Sarah (cousin of a cousin), Emma (cousin of a cousin) and Stevie (cousin). Unfortunately Gem was unable to join us because of the cold she’d been nursing since Queenstown. The ride turned out to be more hardcore than we had expected and we arrived back exhausted and dripping with fragrances
Come evening we played games, teaching the 1-100 dice game as a furthering of its worldwide evangelisation. In return we were taught a game of deception and general sneakiness called ‘Mafia’. Gem amazed all with her keen demonstration of these key qualities - claiming she was clueless and confused - playing the innocent and pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. So let me issue a warning to anyone who decides to challenge Gem or the love of her life (me) - she's very very sneaky!
At this point in the retelling I’m losing track of what happened when ... so I’ll cut to the chase. Next stop Hokitika, Aunty Anne and further explorations of the West Coast. See you there ...