Another thing we tried out this year was the novelty of going food shopping on Boxing Day, as for the first time ever, some supermarkets in Amsterdam kept their doors open all through Christmas! We didn't buy anything, as we'd done our grocery run in the days leading up to the festival, but it was amazing to see how many people were actually treating it as a normal shopping day. I suppose it's another sign of the ongoing secularisation of Christmas, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. Part of me is weeping and wailing for the loss of tradition and decorum, and yet there's another part that thinks it's wonderful you can now go out for bog roll instead of having to make do with paper napkins for two days if you're anything like me and you've forgotten to stock up on this most essential of supplies.
Anyway, lots of wine was drunk, lots of pastry and chocolate was eaten, and I have put on weight, but who cares? I'll go on a diet next year.