First up: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY! I hope everybody had a suitably fun/relaxing/festive couple of days and I hope everybody has eaten and drank more than you’d care to admit.
I have had an absolutely fab couple of days but safe to say things did not start smoothly. After 3 hours of very excited work on Tuesday morning, my train to Hull was duly cancelled due to bad weather. I shouldn’t have been surprised at this – I’ve never had a smooth journey in my life – but it was not a good start to Christmas. Dad immediately launched a rescue mission, and after many, many hours, a bus to Tiverton, several packed trains and an emergency pick up from Chesterfield, I FINALLY arrived at my aunt’s house to be greeted by my delightful family (and a much needed glass of wine)
Christmas Day itself was a huge success. We were all thoroughly spoiled!
My aunt dished out a selection of Primark’s best Christmas jumpers for the male guests, which went down a storm.
After a couple of hours of present madness and a breakfast of mince pies and champagne, we sat down to one of my very favourite Christmas traditions – BRUNCH. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs all round!
It’s absolutely not Christmas unless you have a glass of sparkles in hand at all times throughout the day.
Tradition also dictates a cousinly photoshoot. We’ve got an identical version of this first one from last year and I’m sure we’ll have another for years to come!
I have been appointed official Christmas sous chef and so joined my aunt in the kitchen when dinner preparations began – I think I’m being trained up for future Christmases. We were using a neighbour’s Aga this year for the turkey which involved much running between the two houses! Everything came together though and all 16 of us thoroughly enjoyed.
My family is not really one for sedate celebrations and the evening soon descended into highly competitive and raucous trivia games, copious amounts of bubbles, plenty of selfies, and some questionable rapping. With guests ranging from ages 5 to 92, it was a hectic day to say the least but I think everybody had just as much fun as I did!
Once again: Merry Christmas to everybody! I hope whatever you were doing, you had a wonderful time!