The kittens, of course, helped. In their own way.
Then my sister and her partner came to stay, and my *other* sister came for the day on Christmas Eve, so we were able to have a bit of a party then, as well as celebrating on Christmas Day itself.
It was low key, but very pleasant.
And then on 27th my brother came down for a flying visit, overlapping with my sister and her partner for a few hours. He was only able to stay for one night, but it was lovely to see him.
Today, my mum and dad left, so it's back to me and the kittens (well, me, the kittens, and about 4 tonnes of chocolate. And the remains of a turkey. I shall be making stock this afternoon!)
I have another couple of days off before I need to go back to work, so hopefully I shall have time to unwind a little and, I hope, to get over the nasty head-cold I have been suffering from...
I hope all of you have had a good time over the holidays, whether or not you were celebrating christmas!