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Christmas review

We've had a lot of guests this year, which has been great. Almost all family, with the exception of crazysoph and dear_hubby who dropped over on Thursday for the afternoon. But we had Anne's sister here from the Thursday before Christmas, her brother from Christmas Eve (with all his worldly goods, his plan to move to Baden-Württemberg not having worked out), and my sister and her husband from Tuesday. B went off to her respite care that day, but Anne's parents then arrived on Wednesday so we had eight adults and two children in the house. (That night we had a large Chinese take-away.) Thursday was a day of departures, Anne's brother off to a New Year party in the Baltic States first thing, then my sister and her husband mid-morning, then Anne's sister dropped to Leuven station along with crazysoph and dear_hubby in the evening. On Friday I had to spend most of the day at work, but picked up B in the evening through an unpleasant snow storm, so now with all three of our children and just Anne's parents it almost feels normal again.

We did manage to have a five-player go at "Europa 1945-2030", a game I've had for years but rarely get to play.

The game is basically about constructing a united Europe, and forces players to colaborate. We did rather well in the first round:

You probably can't see, but by 1973 we had not only the original EU-6, but also Switzerland as member states. Things continued to go well:

By the time Communism had fallen we had not just the EU-15 of 1995 but also Switzerland, Norway and Iceland - the European Economic Area, in fact. But then one sharp-eyed player noticed that we had been interpreting the rules a little too generously, so expansion in the next round was slower if none the less a little dramatic:

That's all 25 current member states, with the peculiar exception (sorry, lopt) of Lithuania, but with the addition of the three EEA states, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia (yay!) and, gloriously, Russia. We called it a night there rather than play the final round, with my sister and my mother-in-law joint winners.

There was also a cake, though not the traditional Christmas version, much enjoyed by all:


And much watching of Doctor Who. But I'm saving that for another post.

Happy New Year, everyone. We will have a wee glass of bubbly at midnight.

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slovobooks
Jan. 1st, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope we get to see you sometime in 2006.
sciamanna
Jan. 1st, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Happy new year!
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