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A post-Christmas lunch walk along the beach at Repulse Bay

As it turns out Christmas Day with a newborn is much like any other day – although I fed him with my tinsel headband on (thank you Ruth for the care package!) and we opened Arlo’s many presents (as well as a couple for ourselves!) in between feeds.  The weather was glorious and I quite enjoyed the juxtaposition of the decorated nordic fur standing in front of a window looking out onto a sunny sea view – though it did make me feel quite far from home!

Most of Hong Kong (those that didn’t participate in the great exodus) head out to one of the hotels for lunch, but we stayed at home for the fanciest takeaway ever from the Mandarin Oriental – a 5kg ham, mashed potatoes, roast squash and madiera sauce complete with a letter from the executive chef setting out precise reheating instructions!  As there were only four of us for lunch we spent Boxing Day making ham pies for the freezer!  After lunch we went for a lovely walk at  Repulse Bay and were in bed by 8pm – crazy…

D had been taking posing tips from the mainlanders!

D had been taking posing tips from the mainlanders!

Christmas lunch, mince pies and other Christmas fare can be ordered from the Mandarin Cake shop – forms are behind the counter and when we went there were no signs advertising the service anywhere.  In fact D thought I had made the whole thing up in my dazed ‘new mum’ state, as if I would!