After landing in England there was a mad dash to drop off my suitcases and pick up my residency document from the local post office in Southampton. I had ten days to do so after which there would be a significant fine. Ten days would have been plenty of time except for a couple of things. First off, when I selected the pick up location back in September I had obviously chosen the office closest to John’s flat, but here in December John’s plan was to spend the holidays with his family in Peterborough several hours away. A second impediment was that being the holidays the post office would be closed for three or four of that ten day window. Luckily my plane landed nearly forty minutes early and we made it in plenty of time to get everything done, enjoy a kebab, and have a relaxing evening before setting off to Peterborough the next morning.
The Coxon family Christmas is very cozy and involves a house full of people, lots of great food, plenty of wine, and board games. We spent last year there as well, which is when John proposed, so it was a nice anniversary as well. We spent about ten days there eating mince pies, seeing The Force Awakens (again) plus also a pretty great pantomime version of Aladdin, and playing Articulate, Codenames, and The Resistance. All in all it was a good way to start my time in England. After the new year we took a quick trip to good old Leicester to visit folks there and then it was finally time to head back to Southampton and get started.