Christmas post …December 23, 2011
… is AWOL.
This year there seems to be an island-wide issue with post from the UK and continental Europe. 90% of the Christmas cards that we’d expect to receive haven’t appeared; orders placed online in early December, intended as presents for each other, are missing; presents from family and friends in the UK have not arrived.
This isn’t an isolated problem: many of the Cyprus online forums have ongoing discussions about missing post.
Our lovely, if slimline, local tree bought courtesy of the local Forestry Commission, looks really rather lost without any parcels underneath. Our best guess is that we might expect to see things arrive in the second week of January, after the Christmas and New Year and Epiphany holidays.
On the positive side we have a beautiful rib of beef ready to cook and piles of books to read and enough logs to see us through to the new year. Not the holiday we’d planned but we’ll make the most of it and throw another log or two on the fire and perhaps in time we can chuckle about 2011 being the Christmas-of-no-presents.