Christmas Day

Me: Nell and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Nell: What on earth is that reindeer doing?

Me: It’s Christmas, Nell. You have to have reindeers.

Nell: I don’t mean in the photo. I mean outside.

Me: What?

Nell: It’s wearing bells.

Me. You don’t think Santa left it behind do you?

Nell: I know people ask for extravagant presents nowadays but a reindeer? That’s excessive.

Me: No. I mean it might be one of the famous eight.

Nell: They’ve long gone. I just hope it isn’t auditioning to be a Merry Dog because that is a step too far.

Me: Oh look. It seems to know Knitwear Wolf.

Nell: And Monty.

Me: It’s probably Canadian then.

Nell: So that makes it alright, does it? I mean does Poppy even know she is catering for a reindeer today?

Me: You know Poppy. Nothing phases her. Reindeers eat carrots, don’t they?

Nell: Personally if I was a reindeer I would be heartily sick of carrots.

Me: Anyway, I’d also like to thank our friends and family from all over the world for their continuing support.

Nell: We read all your comments and appreciate every single one.

Me: We certainly do.

Nell: In fact you make our day. Every day.

Me: We hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas and for those of you who are spending it alone, or without family, this year we send extra special hugs.

Nell: And please know that you always have a family in us.

Me: I’ve just had a thought.

Nell: What now?

Me: You don’t think that’s Olive outside, do you?

Nell: Olive?

Me: She’s in the song about Rudolph. ‘Olive the other reindeer.’

Nell: Good grief. Just go and peel some carrots.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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