Saturday, 27 December 2014

A lovely Boxing Day in pictures

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I bucked the trend this year and invited my Mum's family to mine for Boxing Day.
 
This day has been in the same way for as long as I can remember: my nanny and all of my maternal aunts and cousins (no uncles for many years) squeezed around Mum's dining room table on a variety of chairs, stools and garden benches; cold turkey and bubble & squeak followed by trifle or Christmas pudding; no TV but compulsory board games in the afternoon then (as if anyone needed or wanted it) tea.
 
However, my brother lives with Mum & Dad at the moment and he has a very large (though perfectly well-trained and friendly) dog which scares my aunts so much that they boycotted Boxing Day last year. So I decided to do it slightly differently.

 The kids were not forced to sit at the table, although the adults chose to.

 There was turkey and Mum's Bubble & Squeak ( I decided too much change might scare the oldies) My nanny was there looking as glamorous as every. No-one would have known she'd been in hospital 3 days earlier.
There were yet more presents and, after most guests had left, we played a new board game - just us, my brother and parents.
 
Not so very different then, but I enjoyed being allowed to host this most important of occasions.

Friday, 26 December 2014

A lovely Christmas Day in pictures

They weren't disappointed - I knew they wouldn't be.
The day started in an unusually civilised way - no one woke up until 6.45. I think this is the first year since I became a mummy that I haven't been woken at least once in the small hours on Christmas Eve.

So we were happy to start opening stockings straight away.




I hate sitting in my pyjamas, especially when there are cameras around, so I insist on getting dressed before we exchange presents under the tree. I knew the 2 big-ticket items I'd bought were right so I was ready with my camera to capture their happy faces.




At lunchtime we drove over to my sister-in-law's, only 15 minutes away, for a slap-up, 3-hour,  feast. She's a fantastic cook. Mother-in-law arrived with a huge cooked turkey. My various puddings were appreciated and father-in-law made us all try Stinking Bishop, which he had discovered for the cheese board. Yes it is stinking, but quite a mild flavour.






More presents were given, games were played and we headed home tired but happy when M started to flag.

A lovely Christmas Eve in pictures

So that was it. 2 months in the planning. 3 days in the enjoying. But we did enjoy it. Lots of family. Lots of presents. Lots of food. What more can you ask from a Christmas?

Christmas Eve was a day of 3 parts - Making 178 Christingles and taking part in the Christingle Service.
 




 

Having lasagne for lunch with my in-laws and exchanging our Secret Santa gifts because we won't all be together on Christmas Day. The tradition of only buying for one adult has been in place 've known P, although the limit have risen from £4 to £10. However, this was the first year that all the children have been old enough to take part too so they bought presents for each other.




The 3rd, and most important, part as we still have 1 believer in our house and 1 pretender, was leaving our Magic Key for Father Christmas to get in to fill those expectantly hung stockings.





Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Nearly ready

The presents are almost all wrapped - just a few last-minute ones to do tonight (I even wrapped my own from R, which upset me more than I should have allowed it to, but that's another story)
I've got 4 desserts in various stages of finished, frozen and needing to be iced.  The gammon is cooked and the turkey is defrosting. We are not actually hosting Christmas Dinner so no veggies to prepare, thankfully.

I've cleaned the house as well as I'm going to, although the kids' rooms are a mess and likely to remain so until it's time to find a home for all their new goodies.

Stockings are ready and waiting (even the hamster's!)

I'm feeling frazzled after 3 days of sick kids being housebound and I really hope we  can get outside tomorrow before guests descend for lunch and Secret Santa.

I am looking forward to Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve, provided that everyone is well and the turkey is cooked.

I'm looking forward to a lovely lunch - my sister-in-laws does a mean roast - with good company.

I'm looking forward to seeing the kids' faces as they open their presents.

I'm looking forward to hosting Boxing Day for my family - first time, and there is some pressure to pull it off (that's also another story)

I'm looking forward to those gentle days after Christmas before we go back to school when I might actually have time to tell some other stories. My blog has been sadly neglected this autumn.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL. HAVE A LOVELY TIME, WHEREVER YOU ARE.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

December Daily - the most wonderful time of the year


 
I love December Daily. I love Project Life. I love having a separate Journal Your Christmas album. I love having 12x12 Christmas pages in my normal album.
But...
I am still working. I have extra Christmas events at 4 different schools to juggle and I quite like sleeping at night.
So this is my compromise. 1 6x4 per day in my PL album. All other photos and extra journaling in an 8x8 JYC album. 12x12s of my favourite pictures, but I can do those at any time.
I haven't had the time to share until now but I have kept up to date with e December Daily / PL pockets so here are the first 2 weeks of December. It's not all Christmassy yet, but there is a lot of festive fun.
Sorry they are uncropped - posted straight off the camera - but I'm sure you understand.


 







 
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