After days and days of preparation Christmas Day has come and gone in a bit of a blur and was over before we knew it. I had a lovely day with my family that seemed mostly to involve lots of eating and drinking and many hours in the kitchen but as you can see help was at hand from three of my boys.
Boxing Day was a more leisurely relaxed day. Some family members left and others, along with family friends, arrived and we had Christmas dinner pie which is a bit of a tradition... left overs under pastry basically!
As well as some more puddings... a Buche Noel...
and more Christmas Rocky Road.
We manged to speak to the one family member who had been absent from our celebrations... Joe spent Christmas on the beach in Sydney and had a bowl of chips for his Christmas dinner! For many years, another Boxing Day tradition has been a game of Pictionary but Ben bought me a new game this year so eight of us spent the evening on a marathon game of Balderdash that lasted four hours. I don't think we've all laughed so much in ages.
It wasn't the only good present I had either... I seem to have received enough gorgeous bath and skincare products to keep me scented, buffed and polished all year long (Do you think someone's trying to tell me something?) And I've also got some super reading material to keep me busy... not to mention a shiny new Kindle. As someone who has always loved the physicality of books I've had my doubts about an e-book reader but I'm coming round to see its benefits. It won't ever replace books for me but I know I will get good use from it given the number of paperbacks I can get through.
So that's my Christmas... fun... but I'm not sorry it's over. I like the idea of clearing the house and having a fresh new start in January, full of new exciting possiblitites. Roll on 2012!