Any hopes Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may have had of spending his first Christmas as chief executive in his new home in Government House have been dashed by a delay in renovations. According to the Chief Executive's Office, an unusually rainy year - the third wettest in Hong Kong in 121 years - has put a damper on the chances of Mr Tsang, his wife and his pet carp moving in before the holiday season. Mr Tsang is now scheduled to move from his current residence at Victoria House to his new home in January, following completion of renovation work at the end of next month. 'Originally we thought the renovations would be done this month but it rained too much during the summer and work on the storm drains and outer walls could not be done,' said a spokeswoman at the Chief Executive's Office. 'It's been left empty for so many years. There were official functions over the years but nobody actually lived there. 'Lots of things need to be fixed. The ventilation system, computer system and the electrical stuff need to be updated, and then there's security and the task of buying furniture,' she said. The chief executive is nonetheless spending quite some time at the renovated mansion, now boasting a slightly darker shade of grey than previously. Mr Tsang hosts the 2005 Honours and Awards Presentation there today and will be dining with astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng there tomorrow night. Those events will also be the first time the media will get to see the new-look Government House. The spokeswoman at the Chief Executive's Office said the delay in completing the works would not increase the cost of the $14.5 million renovations at Government House - including the controversial $300,000 fish pond - and that Mr Tsang had not made any further demands. In the spirit of Christmas, the government has also decided not to penalise the workers for delaying the completion of renovations, which began in July. From July to September the Hong Kong Observatory recorded 1684.3mm of rain, 669.7mm more than normal. In August alone 971.3mm of rainfall - double the 391.4mm expected - belted down on Hong Kong. 'But the rest of this year should be nice and dry,' said Leung Wing-mo, senior scientific officer of the Hong Kong Observatory.