Yay! Christmas Week has arrived! Christmas Day is fastly approaching *woo hoo* and there’s lots to look forward to here on Book Chick City. So sit back with a glass of mulled wine and a delicious mince pie and enjoy!
For many years I went to someone else’s for Christmas. Most of the time it was to the in-laws and occasionally to my mums. But either way, I never had to cook or entertain, I just sat back and was weighted on… ahh the memories Since my husband and I moved into a bigger house we have been able to have both sets of parents over for Christmas. It’s been a lot of fun as well as a learning curve. I didn’t realise that so much went into preparing, cooking and serving the Christmas dinner, so thanks mum for all the years you cooked us such wonderful food, especially when I was a kid as there were three of us kids, as well as my grandparents! Not a massive family by any means, but big enough.
My Christmas as a child consisted of waking up at 5am (nothing has changed there as I still do!) racing downstairs to see what Father Christmas had brought me. Most Christmases I had at least two or three giant black sacks full of gifts. It was slightly different to nowadays, as back then I can’t remember being into certain toys like kids are today. Any toys would do, I didn’t care about size or value, all I wanted was to rip open that present! I can honestly say it took me all of five minutes to open all those presents. And I loved every one. From colouring books, to nighties from nan and lots and lots of chocolate. I would then stuff my face with said chocolate while immersed in all my presents, before sitting down to Christmas dinner.
An English Christmas dinner consists of Turkey, delicious crispy roast potatoes, brussel sprouts with chestnuts and sometimes bacon and cranberry sauce. Other side dishes included parsnips roasted in honey and pigs in blankets and lots of chestnut stuffing. All this yummy scrummy food is accompanied by Christmas crackers, which we pull and out pops a little gift, paper hat and cheesy jokes.
Examples of a Christmas cracker joke:
Q: What has four legs and goes “boo”?
A: A cow with a cold
Q: What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
A: Time to get a new fence
You get the idea. Very corny, very cheesy, but a complete must have at the English Christmas table. Then the adults would usually fall asleep while I watched TV. Then we would have a cold tea of turkey sandwiches and more Christmas pudding and mince pies… with cream.
The Christmas feeling I get today is all down to the Christmases I had at home with my mum. They were warm and happy and I have lots of lovely memories. Although, as an adult things have changed, I can’t just sit and immerse myself in presents and chocolate, as I have responsibilities, but that Christmas warmth still remains, I just now pass it on.
So how do you celebrate your Christmas in your part of the world?