Well, that's Christmas for another year and like I say, every year, there's more fun in the lead up to Christmas than the actual day. That 'fun' starts earlier and earlier each year and by the time the actual day has come and gone one might be left feeling a little down. I always find the lead up quite hectic because it always coincides with the kid's birthdays and end of school breakup and I haven't quite worked out how to make that stress free yet. I thought I had done a good job of that this year but it seemed still quite stressful.
There was the kid's school Christmas concert (my son's first one). We were all extremely proud of him as he had major meltdowns how he was in no way going to perform in the Christmas concert.
Those couple weeks before Christmas were busy with some other 'stuff', a few appointments here and there and a bit of this.
Packet mix Gingerbread Men (part of a Christmas hamper gift from a lovely neighbour).
Christmas Rocky Road (mint flavoured chocolate, raspberry lollies, mint leaves, red and green M&M's, marshmallows and peanuts.
DIY Authentic Santa Sacks (which were well received by the kids and daughter says "we can use them again next year!" Good girl!)
Frozen Mango & Macadamia Trifle (layers of fresh mango infused vanilla ice cream, sponge and topped with roasted macadamias)
Roasted Pumpkin Salad (simple and easy and very tasty - recipe here)
Salted Peanut Chocolate Toffee Clusters (Melt 1/2 cup sugar, stir in 1 1/2 cups peanuts, stir quickly, allow to set, sprinkle with salt, separate, stir through 200gm melted chocolate and spoon into small cupcake papers. Once set, remove if desired.)
We avoided the shops at all costs, except to get a roast chicken on Christmas Eve. The kids loved all their presents. They enjoyed Christmas morning with their Dad here at home. We then went onto my sister's after she finished her shift at hospital and stayed the night. Boxing Day was quiet while we minded her pet dogs until she got home and then we returned home to our mess. I'm taking it easy getting everything tidy again. We've had enough of rushing around since November and are just enjoying not having to be anywhere by any particular time.
My uncle informed me that it's Christmas at his house next year so maybe back to the good old days I remember having huge Christmas dinners with a large house/yard full of people and children, something my kids haven't really experienced. I'm sure they still enjoy Christmas Day nonetheless. Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas.