Monday, 26 December 2011
The Xmas Aftermath.
I do love Xmas . - Watching my girls open their presents - they earn pocket money during the year for doing set chores and therefore apart from biannual shopping clothes trips, largely fund their own purchases, social life etc during the year. So I love a chance to spoil them a little.
- Over the top lunch - it only happens once a year ! This year we had roast garlic and rosemary lamb, home made baked ham , cold roast chook, home grown roast veges including potatoes ( boiled , then roasted in duck fat and then fried - I don`t think there was much nutrition left at the end !) ,parsnips ( we sowed parsnips years ago and since then they have been self seeding - it`s great to go on a parsnip hunt in the orchard and vege garden ) and pumpkin. Then there were the desserts - dark and white chocolate tart ( made by my youngest DD ) , boiled traditional xmas pudding ( made by my eldest DD ) with brandy custard and trifle. Then afterwards there was the currant and cherry xmas cake ( peel free for my sister-in-law ) and gingerbread building ( a church this year ) and rum truffles ( not to mention the pre- nibbles , drinks and obligatory healthy salads ) .This year I did not overeat ( finally learning in my middle age ) - just a little of everything and felt just right at the end.
- Kris Kringle surprise present - a relative who will not be named goes around her house and picks out unwanted stuff - last year she gave my middle DD a necklace - it just happened to be the necklace my same daughter had lost at her house ! This year she gave my youngest daughter a candle with a gift tag attached indicating it was obviously an old rejected gift. She also gave a handbag to another relative ( who is only 8 ) that had an old ( unused thank goodness ) tampon in it ! We actually find this amusing and spices up xmas day . By the way it is not through lack of funds that this relative does this as she goes overseas sometimes several times a year - she has been all over the world multiple times. This year it was Canada , the USA and Hong Kong and China.
- a family game of dictionary - someone chooses a word out of dictionary that no-one knows the definition of and then everyone makes up one - all the definitions including the correct one are read out and you score points for guessing the correct definition and tricking people - it`s lots of fun and you only need a dictionary and pencils and paper.
At the end of this day we were treated to a spectacular storm that had a rainbow at the end - quite fitting I think.