V and I were invited to two Xmas parties yesterday, the first one already at 11 o’clock with our mother & baby group, and then at O’s office at 16.00. Since we had had quite a difficult night and it was the first (out of 4) day back in Brussels after the time spent in Sweden, I decided to cancel our participation in the morning Xmas party. I have realised that I’d better limit the activities we have instead of overdoing it and disrupt our so-called habits (which habits?). Also I do feel a little stressed about the fact that when V and I fly to Spain on Sunday, we won’t be back for more or less 6 weeks, and I need to get organised.
The afternoon Xmas party in O’s office was actually a Saint Nicholas party. The Belgians celebrate Saint Nicolas / Sinterklaas on the eve of the 5th / morning of the 6th December and it is traditionally the day that the children get their Christmas gifts. Our little V will be spoilt with gifts for Saint Nicolas, Christmas Eve (in Sweden) and for Epiphany (los Reyes in Spain).