What’s the difference between Santa Claus and Tiger Woods?

…Santa Claus stops after three Ho’s!

And so kicking off this post like that, allow me to continue and wish each and every one of you a merry, merry Christmas 2009.

For me, well I am officially on leave at the moment, having started yesterday, and of course my first day off the job was spent on the job cleaning up the house, doing washing, doing dishes, baking Chantelle a cake, setting up my home entertainment system properly – yup, basically everything that the modern domesticated man does.

The awesome heart cake I made for Chantelle. A piece of art, isn't it? :P

That’s not to say that I didn’t find time to entertain myself either though. Outside of my walk on the beach (alone as Chantelle is still working of course), I did put in a copious amount of time behind the controller on John Woo’s Stranglehold (a most excellent game!), watch lots of Superman: The Animated Series and even knuckle down to watch Batman: Gotham Knight one more time.

But of course, none of the above is particularly Christmassy, and so I’ll skip through to the part when after supper, after Chantelle had finished wrapping the last of the late bought gifts, we sat down to open up some presents – well when I say some, Chantelle had one miserly gift to open while I had a veritable truckload from her! :)

The sneaky wrapper had managed to completely throw me off the scent by doing some crazy packing tricks, the result of which was that I was completely flummoxed each and every time when it came to guessing a package’s contents! My gifts included a fine haul of Marvel t-shirts (Captain America, Spider-man, Hulk), all three Rush Hour DVDs (Chantelle will be driven mad, I assure you), nougat and chocolate, and then a bunch of braai-related stuff including heat-resistant paint, turps and a brush of all things!? O.o

But that all became quite apparent when she had me open the back sliding doors and lo and behold, there stood a magnificent, fully fledged mobile braai unit, enough to bring a tear to any true South African man! Wow, what a gift I tell you! :D

Though not all is lost yet. Now that she has shown me her hand, it will be her turn today. Sure, she’s already got a box full of Patricia Cornwell books to contend with, but the real gift is still sitting somewhere, waiting to be found. I’ll give her one clue though – it’s big, really big. And I’m not sure how I’m going to get it back here to the flat at Gordon’s Bay! ;)

So what is on for the GB Lotter clan today? Well, Chantelle is off to work to handle breakfast this morning (17 guests!) and once she’s back, we’ll shoot through to Bellville for Christmas lunch with the Montgomery Clan before bouncing down the road to the Lotter Clan Senior and then finally a visit with Dean and Zania, who have requested an audience in the most secretive of manner. Mysteries abound I tell you.

So anyway, that should keep us pretty busy (and well fed), so here’s to hoping that you too have as great a Christmas as what we’re going to have! :P