Hello my lovelies, did you all have a nice Christmas?
For the first time in a few years we hosted. As we prepared several dishes in advance and because Mr G is fast becoming a better cook than I, it was all pretty stress free.
Christmas Eve is my favourite day of the year and after a bit of a stressful start (we got to the stables to find one of my horses very lame with an abscess) we had a lovely day. W and I slipped into our onesies (couldn't get one for Mr G & H refused point blank in the way only a teenager can) then we made Jamie Oliver's Epic Hot Chocolate and cuddled up to f
all asleep in front of watch "Scrooged".
We cooked a turkey crown as we like lots of leftovers and had our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of cold meats, pickles and Mr G's Amazing Homemade Chips (there is nothing that man can't do well with a potato!!)
W humoured me by putting out some cider, a mince pie and a carrot and trotted off to bed. We tried to persuade W that at 13 years old there was no need to be up before dawn on Christmas Day and managed to compromise with 7.30am.
For the first year I forgot to take any photos while they were opening their presents!! I didn't realise until just now and I'm kicking myself!!
Soon it was time to set the table for lunch:
Naturally all set with mismatched china, glass and cutlery.
The lovely appliqué tablecloth was a charity shop find last year and though a little small for the table I had to use it. The hand appliqué is so perfect and neat. I feel a bit sad when I find people's work like this in charity shops and my bleak mind can't help but wonder if that is what will happen to my makes eventually....
Still I shall love it....
Our parents arrived at 1.00pm and we were very civilised this year and decided to wait until after dinner to do the gifts. So I sat with my lovely Mum and MIL drinking cocktails and having a good natter while Mr G took control of the dinner.
It was a very successful feast:
Clockwise from the back: our eldest son H; my Mum; Me!!; Stepdad; MIL; our youngest W
FIL & MIL; W and H; my bingo wing....
We went to my sisters for Christmas Tea which was lovely once we were there but I must confess I was rather cosy at home come the evening and rather fancied slipping into my onesie for a TV fest!!
I was spoiled and got some lovely gifts including a pink leather Joules purse; a Nook eReader; velvet slippers and the Bear and the Hare book from Mr G:
MIL & FIL got me some make-up; some of my favourite Badedas bubble bath and Chanel Coco Madamoiselle among other goodies. My Mum & Stepdad got me a lovely hare ornament and a gorgeous china bird that sits on a lampshade as well as a bird feeding station and gorgeous teacup bird feeder:
(I'm sat in the conservatory writing this and have just seen the first bird to use it. A little blue tit!!) Mr G has naturally been making the expected remarks about attracting tits to the garden, fnarr fnarr....
My Sis got me the new Hairy Dieters book; some gel nail polish and this gorgeous very retro, candy striped, flannelette duvet set:
So that was our Christmas. Mr G is off until 6th January so we are having a lazy time and I've slipped into hibernation mode. Can't be bothered to go out/see anyone due to winter vomiting virus risk and am very happy just cosied up in my little house, with my little family.
Roll on spring....