Category: Celebrations

Christmas Eve

So, here we are, and what a busy day.

I decided to make Christmas tree biscuits as well as my usual homemade stuffing, and most of my trifle with only the cream to whip tomorrow.

My prep is done and the table is set, and M and I are relaxing in front of the TV drinking tea. All the lights are twinkling about the house, over 1000 in the lounge, 240 in the bedroom, hundreds in the kitchen, and the spiral staircase is lit up with 400 of them. Very cosy indeed.

One of the presents I got for M was a signed photo of Linda Carter dressed as Wonder Woman. M loves both the new and old Wonder Woman, but his heart lies with Linda Carter. I was supposed to get a frame for it, but could not find one I liked and I could not get the right size either, so decided that I would give him it tonight. Needless to say, he loved it.

I have been chatting to my friends in Australia who are 11 hours ahead of us, so are already enjoying Christmas Day, and sending photos of their day so far, although they are having the day with 32c heat, we are -2c. Not too sure which I would prefer, I think the cold, as it is more Christmasy, although I would prefer the Christmas of that portrayed by Charles Dickens, lots of snow, and people wishing good health to all. Maybe it is the romantic in me that laments Christmas of the past.

So, with that I will wish you one and all, a Very Merry Christmas.

Twas the night before Christmas…

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

Well, that’s not all that true, the dogs are running about playing with cardboard tubes.

I have been cooking and preparing all day for tomorrow.  My turkey is so big (too big) that it has taken close to 6 hours to cook.  I have made my traditional sage and onion stuffing, not the rubbish you get in packets.  I started making my trifle yesterday with the jelly and amaretto biscuits, this morning I made the custard, tomorrow I will do the cream and add the chocolate to the top.  I decided not to prep my veg today as I did a few years ago and ended up with veg that had split.

The table is decorated and laid out too, so all I have to do is relax and wait for Santa to arrive.  I now have a spatchcock chicken in for our dinner this evening.

When I first met M he always insisted on putting out a carrot for the reindeer and a glass of milk and mince pie/cake/cookie for Santa, this happened every year, and year on year the milk was drunk, the carrot and other offerings were eaten.  When M got up he always headed to the lounge gasped and smiled as Santa had been and eaten the fair that was left for him.  He knew it was me, we were the only people in the house, but he never said anything and neither did I.  One year he left a note and Santa replied to him.  This must have gone on for 10 years or more, but stopped as we had just got Harper and leaving food and milk on the hearth for Santa was not going to happen as she would sneak out and consume it all, and that was my job.  It was a magical time, although we both knew it was me and M was in his 30’s that did not make a difference, it was something fun.  I am hoping that he starts it again, I will just have to make sure I get up in the middle of the night to do my part.

This will be our first Christmas in this house without Lilu, but our first with Mazikeen.

Tonight whilst watching rubbish TV and drinking good cheer I will be finishing off my sweater.  I have been doing the neck and want it to be quite long so it can be folded back and make it even warmer.  With a bit of luck I will have it finished, then I can sew it up and wear it finally.  I have attached the front and back at the shoulders and picked up all the stitches I needed to make the neck, but it weighs a tonne so finishing it off is taking quite a bit of manoeuvring about, but it will be worth it in the end.

Well, with that, all is left for me to wish you, one and all, to have a very Merry Christmas.

Happy 17th Birthday Lilu

Today Lilu would have been 17 years old.  We always took her to McDonalds for a cheeseburger (no onions of course) to celebrate, that and a lot of treats and toys.  As my readers know, we lost Lilu just over a month ago.  However, we decided to carry on with tradition and went to McDonalds, bought 2 cheeseburgers with no onions, one for Harper and the other as a symbol for Lilu.  Even though she was not there in physical form, we hope that she was with us in spirit and enjoying her birthday.

Happy Birthday sweetie x

December

December is a time for both my birthday and that of Christ, not that I am religious but thankful that we have such a celebration.

I used to hate Christmas with a vengeance.  Why?  Well, the guy with the sandals who died an extremely long time ago seemed to take precedence over my Birthday.  Now don’t get me wrong, I had no problem with Him, but I just hated that everyone forgot about me.

When I was in my 20’s my friends were usually either busy with work parties or had no money to go out, so, as a result, I tended not to go too far. In my early years, I used to go to the local pub “The Thatch” and drink lots of Guinness or Newcastle Brown ale with a few like-minded friends.  However, due to university, jobs and life we all went off in different directions, and that put paid to that.

When I was a kid I used to get “This is for Birthday and for Christmas”. Being a savi kid, I knew that the cost was the same as just one or the other celebration, not a combined amount.  Again I was not bothered by what they spent, but a little thought and separate presents would have been more pleasing. My partner knows that I hate the joint thing, so has always made sure that this never happens and always makes it a really nice day and one to remember. This year was no exception, and I received lots of really nice presents. One of which was a fantastic Chinese chess set, so I will be teaching him to play soon.

Christmas was really nice too, just the two of us with the dogs.  This year I did not go mad with the portions, which usually ends up like a scene from feeding the 5,000. Portion control and it was the best dinner for many years as I was full but not stuffed to the gills. The trifle was not the size of the house, again, this was good as usually I end up throwing lots of it away as we can eat no more.

Family were really nice too with their gifts, which was a surprise, no crappy tack, or books and DVD’s which we have no interest in at all.  Amazon vouchers were in abundance, so much so I ended up with £70, so my kindle is going to be overrun with lovely books.

Other things I got this year were a new Canon Maxify MB2350 printer, a Fitbit Charge HR and a graphics tablet, so I did really well.  Not complaining at all.

It is getting close to the end of the year, and looking back I am very thankful for all that I have, my little family consisting of my Hubby and 2 dogs.

Halloween

Here we go again, another day of eating sweets, carving pumpkins and watching horrors.  The only thing that really changes for us is the addition of the pumpkin.  We tend to each sweets and watch horrors all the time.

Each year I have carved a different pumpkin monster, but this year I really have no ideas of what the hell to do.

Thinking caps on, and internet at the ready for ideas.

Watch this space

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