December: the month in which we put up the Christmas tree, Saint Nicholas brought many presents and we saw the first snow covering everything with a thick white layer. In December, Auro's kindergarten organised a Christmas recital (in which Auro was present, but didn't take part very actively due to a fever that made him miss 2 weeks of school and nearly all of the preparations for the recital).
On the 23rd of December, we put all of our Christmas presents in our suitcase and took the plane to Belgium. We had a quiet (but nice) Christmas Eve in my dad's new apartment and on the last day of 2012 we went caroling in the street where he used to live. We even stopped at the house I grew up in and met the new owners (it felt weird, but comforting at the same time knowing the house seems to be in caring hands).
|The first snow was good enough for this beautiful snowman!|
|On the morning of the 6th of December, Auro and Tosca followed the trail of tangerines and chocolates down the stairs, to find that Saint Nicholas had brought them a table with chairs, a CD, a puzzle and a board game of Barbapapa!|
|Auro's school recital (Auro is in the right bottom corner, with a white t-shirt)|
|There he is, trying to find us among all the parents while he should have been singing with the other kids...|
|Here is one girl who really enjoyed the show (shouting Wawa every time she spotted her brother).|
|Auro and Tosca ready to sing for candy|
|A pit stop at the house of friendly (ex-) neighbours (cookies and a glass of water for the children, jenever and homemade Amaretto for the adults)|
|After about 10 houses, the children finally overcame their initial shyness and started singing louder than the accompanying adults (notwithstanding the jenever stop we had just had). Here you see Zita (my brother's daughter) singing at the top of her lungs ;-)|
|And they were well rewarded!|
|A final toast on the old year...|