The night before last was terrible as both children apparently overcorrected and set themselves to some middle-eastern time zone (Afghanistan was my best guess) by getting up for the day at 4am. I spent half an hour or so trying to convince them both to go back to sleep and an uncomfortable hour as the ham in a Dash-and-Mabel-bread sandwich (so I suppose I should say peanut butter) trying to keep them both in bed, but at 5.30 I threw in the towel and sent them to wake their father. Then I went back to bed till nine.
[I decided lately, in some sleep-deprived haze or other, that exceptional people are always challenging as children. My children will clearly be very exceptional when they're done. If I don't do for them first.]
But anyway. This morning they waited till daylight to wake up (and that's some achievement when day doesn't break till after 8am), so I'm pronouncing us cured. I expect no more sleep problems for the rest of our trip. (I am also expecting a Rolls Royce and a fully staffed Greek island for Christmas. Yup.)
I have finished my shopping and wrapped all my presents, and they are reposing in the big suitcase they arrived in because I'm afraid to put anything too tempting-looking under the tree. We saw three sets of carol singers today, as well as the live crib (two donkeys, two sheep, and a goat - no actual humans), and have not yet been rained on, though we've narrowly avoided it a few times.
After three days, the British (and sometimes Irish) voices on the TV no longer jar to my ears, and now watching an American film (School of Rock at the moment) I can hear the American accents clearly. When we're in the US they just blend in to normal, because there's never any counterpoint. (No wonder you people think everyone else's accents are cute. You never hear them unless you're watching Love, Actually.)
Dash refuses to change his watch to Irish time. He informs us at regular intervals what time it is in America. Sometimes he then counts up the extra five hours to tell us what time it is here too. Possibly he's afraid America won't still be there to go back to if he insults it by ignoring its time.