Christmas. I can’t believe it’s almost upon us, only a matter of days now and it will all be over, however it is and always will be one of my favourite times of year and one where I enjoy our Christmas family traditions most. I guess each of us have different ways of celebrating but for me it evolves around family, food and fun.
Christmas has always been special family time for me, when I get together with my mum, my brothers and the people I love most. Christmas is an occasion that I start planning in advance.
Hang on a minute, when I say advance I don’t mean January. I won’t even think about it in September. For me the planning will not commence until the Halloween decorations come down and I will admit to getting annoyed when I see Christmas decorations in the supermarket in September.
Christmas family traditions
First I have to think of my family in Italy who work over the Christmas season and can never join me. I buy their gifts and cards and post them well in advance to be sure they arrive in good time.
I ask the twins to write a Christmas list but this isn’t set in stone as they continue to add and subtract items through the course of November, however by the end of the month I have a good idea of the ‘big’ present they are after.
I start to keep an eye out for gift ideas in magazines, online ads, supermarkets and my favourite stores, I have learnt that if you see something and like it buy it because when you return it won’t be there.
By mid December I have most of my gifts and I start to wrap them up in the evenings when the girls go to bed.
I prepare Christmas Eve parcels for the girls.
I prepare Christmas stockings for them.
I organise a visit to Santa. This year we met him at Dreamland and the girls took their autograph books with them.
Next my thoughts turn towards the kitchen and everything I will need to see me through the four days of festive fun. In fact that is exactly where I am now, writing lists and menus and jotting down ideas. What’s on the menu?
Well this year I want to start with a vintage prawn cocktail, it’s been deconstructed on Masterchef but I’m going for a classic but adding my favourite – avocado into the mix and possibly some finely chopped chilli for a kick to the proceedings. Next it’s traditional roast turkey with all, and I mean all, of the trimmings.
And of course I finish with a Christmas pudding served with brandy butter, custard and cream.
I have my own home made Christmas cake to enjoy in the afternoon, the girls will help with some home made mince pies and I always treat us to a box of chocolates, this year Hotel Chocolat has caught my eye.
Finally it’s Christmas Day night, everyone is full to the brim, champagne has been drunk, special bottles of wine and liqueurs too, the odd cup of tea to balance out the digestive system and at a certain point it’s time to get out some ‘bits and pieces’, some snacks. A cheeseboard with our favourite cheeses, a pork pie from Melton Mowbray, pate and crisps with dips.
It certainly is a time to celebrate in our house at Christmas.
Homeserve have launched a video “A Very Homeserve Christmas” which you can see below and they asked me to tell you how we spend our Christmas, is it similar to yours?
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Homeserve