Christmas 2017 brought the usual 'goings-on' to our house - Santa, Gifts, laughter, Prosecco, food, arguments, games, more food, long drives, much laughter... you get the gist.
On Christmas Day I go to my parents for Christmas lunch as it's easier for me. Selfish you may think... and yes, maybe it is but they actually enjoy having us there and doing all the cooking and I enjoy not cooking and not hosting so it's a win/win situation.
This year was my last year playing Santa as next year child 2 won't believe . This did make me feel sad as I crept around the house late on Christmas Eve filling stockings and taking a bite out of the mince pie left for Santa (I spit it out! Hate the things.). The fact that he still believed this year was magical.
Our Christmas Day rundown:
7.00am - Child 2 wakes us all up very excited. Merry Christmas!
7.01am - It is confirmed that Santa has indeed been to our place. Time to open gifts. Lots of ooohing and aaahhhing and 'thank yous'. Child 2 gets a toastie machine and is ecstatic.
7.30am - Finally drink some tea and chill.
7.40am - Open boxes/set up electronic stuff and chill with more tea.
8.15am - Child 1 tries on new jump suit and parades around. More ooohing and aaaahhhing.
9.00am - Christmas Tree shaped crumpets for breakfast and more tea whilst all doing the jigsaw.
10.00am - Nap time for me.
10.30am - Try and persuade kids to get ready.
11.00am - Tell kids to get ready.
11.01am - Child 1 doesn't know what to wear. What should she wear? I don't know what she should wear! But she wants to know what she should wear! WTF. I'm too busy being sad because i have to wash my hair.
12.00pm - Drop kids at their dad's place.
12.10pm - Wash my hair!
1.00pm - Pick up kids from their dad's house.
1.15pm - Drive to parents. Car decides to play up and goes into limp mode, cue a 40 min journey taking a hell of a lot longer! Sing Christmas songs to cover the fact I'm crying inside about the car. Only Child 1s BF sings with me (he obviously feels he has to).
2.30pm - Arrive at parents.
2.35pm - Ask parents if my glass of Prosecco is ready! It's been a long day already!
2.40pm - Swap gifts, chat, drink Prosecco, eat sausages. All at the same time.
3pm - Christmas lunch. Turkey and all the trimmings. Crackers and jokes galore. Child 1s BF eats sprouts and shows up the others. Child 1 and me sit and continually stuff our faces until the mother ship gets antsy and her urge to tidy takes over. She clears plates away as we grab at the the leftovers she is clearing. Child 1 takes her greediness from me definitely.
4.00pm - Relies arrive. Merry Christmas! More Prosecco.
5.00pm - Parentals are tipsy and sing 'I got you babe' on Wii Karaoke. We laugh with (at) them, i record them (see YouTube later) and then we pack it up cause no one else wants to (or is pissed enough) sing.
5.30pm - Pudding time! Woo hoo, Two plates of trifle for me, thanks Dad. Oh , is that Chocolate Torte? Don't mind if I do. Uncle nearly ends up in A&E cutting the Torte as the base is slightly hard (It's like cement Mum, it really is).
6.00pm - Sit in wonder at my parents and their technology battles. Who knew a speaker could only play at that low sound level Dad? No, that's right it goes much louder if you use the functions on it correctly!
6.05pm - Child 2 opens Rubik's cube.
6.10pm - Child 2 gets fed up of Rubik's cube.
7.00pm - Consider what games we can play. Aunt suggests 'stop the bus', seems complicated and boring to me so I suggest a board game instead. Eyebrows raised in my direction...will she speak to me again?
7.30pm - It's snack time! The mother ship has prepared a tableful of cheese, meat, pickles and loads of other random stuff. Because of course, we need even more food Mum!
8.00pm - We try and play some board game child 2 got. It's too easy. I ask Aunt if we should in fact play 'stop the bus', she says 'no' haha. I ask nicely. She says no. Kids ask. Go on then, she tells us the rules. Much hilarity, cheese and more chocolate torte later and it's time for one last game.
10.00pm - The After Eight Game - It's a must on Christmas Day! Child 1 wins. Of course she does.
12am - All done. Christmas over. Goodnight.
It's a wrap for another year. Christmas for us was full of laughs and that's what keeps me going.
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