And what excitement it was with opening presents, playing games, telling stories, singing songs, and eating lots of different little nibbles. The doll’s cradle, and the orphaned doll went down very well, and so did the wooden race track for the little cars. The girls received books and games, and all the children were given a bird house to hang up in the garden. We had a lovely afternoon. Why I found it so lovely was because not only of the togetherness, but because of the simple delightful activities that took place. The seven year old told us the story of the nativity, and another one of how the Robin got its coloured breast, she then sang one of the songs of ‘Frost’, the eight year old engaged my partner in a board game, they both sang more songs, and so did my other smaller grandchildren. My partner read one of the books to them to their delight. What is so special about it is how children can still enjoy themselves without television or electronic games, and to see this is good.
“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.” Lewis Carroll – from Alice in Wonderland.