27 Dec 2013

Christmas In England

The one thing I've been looking forward to since I booked my flights back home in June is Christmas.  I love Christmas.  I love the food and the time spent with family and friends and just the whole season.  I was lucky to have an amazing Christmas last year in Australia, but without a biting wind and frost everywhere it didn't really feel quite the same.

In my family our first tradition to kick off the festivities is going to mass (church) on Christmas eve with my grandparents and then having a cheeseboard together afterwards.  Unfortunately this year I was working at my aunt and uncle's bar in town, but fortunately we finished early and I got home just in time for the cheese, wine and granddad's annual family poem.  My granddad is a bit of a wordsmith and every year does a few verses on each family member summing up their year, this year's was absolutely hilarious and loooong - four verses for each person.  There are 25 people in our family, 26 including my uncle's cat!

My mum has every family poem saved to her laptop since they began back in the early nineties.  It was so weird reading them as new people arrived in the family each year.  Like a family album of words!

Every year without fail my Nana gives me marzipan, I bloody love the stuff.  This year we opened all our gifts on Christmas eve (so that we could have a lie in).

The next morning I was up early to 'help' dad get breakfast ready.  By help I mean I sat and watched and audibly felt very sorry for myself (I had and still do have a really bad cold, serious man flu!). We had bacon sandwiches, obviously, with proper sauces.

Well said HP sauce

Dinner was kept simple - chicken, gravy, roast spuds, Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets, stuffing and veg.

Lovely card from a certain Aussie blogger, her gift was even cuter!

After dinner we got ready to head over to my uncles house.  Christmas is normally at my grandparents' house so this is a bit of break in tradition too.  We arrived in the evening for drinks and chatter and games of pool.

Newest addition to the family - Billy the cat.

Sadly my nose makes me look a bit like Rudolph here, but at least everyone else looks nice!

I had to leave by about 10pm because I desperately needed sleep.  A great Christmas, now I'm looking forward to New Years because I'm heading down to the Cotswolds for a few days.  Blog posts ahoy!

Read about Marlee's Christmas in Aus here.