Wednesday 28 December 2011

Another One Bites the Dust!

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!


  1. it's good to know that you all had a good Christmas even if Joe wasn't there with you.

    I would love the Hockney book, perhaps my library will get it?

  2. Hee hee, looks a lot like ours! We're off for a repeat run with the outlaws this weekend, so we've had a couple of days in between to get some exercise and rest our livers before it all starts again for New Year!

  3. Sounds as if a good time was had by all, even if you couldn't quite all be together Gina. Your Boxing Day Pie sounds like a brilliant idea.
    I'm looking forward to the New Year too.

  4. Sounds like the great family day it should be. I am a little envious of Joe though, sun and warmth mmmmmmmmm.
    I'm sure you will grow to love your kindle, Neil wouldn't be without his.

  5. that sounds like a truly spiffing Christmas Gina!

  6. So glad you had a lovely family Christmas!
    Like you though I relish the idea of cleaning up and moving on!
    Happy New Year!
    Vivienne x

  7. Happy days! How on earth do you feed so many men? You must have a catering sized oven. I've only got 2 fellas at home and have to cook as though for a small army.

    Good to see you've got the Grayson Perry book.


  8. That's quite some pack to keep fed!
    Good to hear that you all had a wonderful time.

  9. Glad you had a happy Christmas. You will get to love the Kindle. I got mine last Christmas and it was invaluble on my holiday reads this year although, I still prefer real books for reference and research.
    Happy 2012 and Happy reading. By the way the DVD is great.


  10. Hi,
    Sounds like you have had a great time. Our meals for the next few days run on a buffet style with meat pickles etc as our way of finishing off anything. We are having a few freinds over for new year as Chrsitmas was just a family affair this year. Happy new Year Gina.

  11. The day after Boxing Day my Dad always used to say 'Well, it's as far away as ever again' but it comes around with absolute certainty and we'll be doing it all again this time next year.....I am tired just thinking about it.

  12. Sounds like you all had a great time over the festive time. Happy New Year.

  13. I glad you had a wonderful Christmas and here's lots of good wishes for a fabulous 2012!
    Penny xxx

  14. Having your kids help you in the kitchen must be lovely - I think mine will be big enough to do that very soon! Glad to know you had a great Christmas, and here's wishing you a wonderful 2012 :) x

  15. I love the idea of Christmas dinner pie. I'm so glad you had a lovely one Gina. A happy happy New Year to you x

  16. Happy New Year Gina, what a yummy looking Christmas you had a so lovely to have a great family of supporters around you :)


  17. Happy New Year to you Gina, I hope you are finding some time for yourself!


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