By the time you read this, I hope you’ve have a lovely time celebrating the festive season and are looking forward to the year ahead.
As I’ve done for the last few years (partly for my own memories, partly for those of you like me who enjoy a little nosey) here’s a bit of a peak at my Christmas Day and Boxing Day celebrations.
Christmas morning waking up at home (at 6.45am, the latest I think I’ve ever woken up on Christmas Day). After exchanging gifts listening to Christmas songs, we tucked into sausage sarnies and watched some festive TV.
Top, Joanie (one of my gifts from the Mr)
Quick change, tidied up the wrapping paper and it was off to see the family!
First stop was my grandparents house, they’ve been poorly this year so weren’t able to leave the house.
After that we headed to my sister-in-law’s for Christmas lunch with the wider family.
We all brought something along and laid it out buffet style, this year we were on turkey duty which was just a little bit scary but turned out really well thankfully!
I was the most stuffed I’ve ever been from a Christmas lunch
I just about managed to roll on to the couch and was put on childcare duty with my niece and nephew (tbh I think they were looking after me more).
After an hour I managed to enjoy a small bowl of my Mother-in-law’s sherry trifle (epic) and open the last of the presents for the day. We gifted our nephew with a table football and his little face was everything.
This year was different to the norm, this time we hosted and I cooked!
To spruce up our not yet decorated dining area, I picked up these dark great charge plates from Dunelm and made a table centre using a garland I bought from Amazon threaded with battery operated lights and baubles picked up from B&M. I added in white candles (also from Dunelm and B&M) and some M&S Bucks Fizz served in the ice bucket from our home bar (which I promise I will write about at some point soon!)
From scratch, I made Moroccan lamb followed by panettone bread and butter pudding with cream.
If you’ve read these posts for the past 4 years, you’ll know this dessert is my stepdad’s showpiece so I wanted to give it a go to see if I could do a nice tribute to his years of hard work. And I did!
We did a few more presents and then moved to the couch for a brew and game of Cards Against Humanity
My brother won, however it confirmed what I already knew that my family are highly inappropriate and absolute filth!
I’m off work until the beginning of January and will be spending that time having more family gatherings (one at my mum’s new house with her in-laws, the other back at ours with my in-laws) time with friends and general relaxation.
If you have some time off too, I hope you’re able to use it in ways you enjoy. If you fancy more of a nosey, I’ve got a Christmas 2019 highlight on my Instagram which will likely have some presents on there too.
Thanks for reading,