On the first day of Christmas, which in my book is Christmas Eve, I was up early as I had a hair appointment at 8am. By 9.45 I was at Slimming World (brought forward from it’s usual 5.30pm slot because, seriously, who would…?) where I was covering weigh-in. We had two people reach target – what a Christmas present – and several excellent losses. I lost a pound. Slow and steady is fine by me although I’m already wondering what the damage will be next Monday! Despite the fact that I was ‘working’ it was a jolly time with everyone in good spirits.
Step-son no.1 and family called in for an hour after I got home and then Daughter arrived after several days away so we prepared the vegetables for Christmas Day together, plenty needed as there would be seven of us. Shortly before 3pm Husband And I set off to walk to my friend’s house which for me is a Christmas tradition of almost thirty years. Husband started accompanying me a few years ago. It’s the only day of the year that I drink anything approaching a ‘normal’ persons’s alcohol ration. Arriving home shortly after 6pm I laid the table for our Christmas Eve tapas meal for Husband, Daughter and myself. I remembered with more than a little nostalgic longing, Christmas Eves of the past: new pyjamas, a carrot and a saucer of milk for the reindeer, a whisky and mince pie for Father Christmas and dire threats of “he won’t come if you don’t go to sleep,” as I shouted up the stairs. There’s nothing quite like it, is there?
On the second day of Christmas (Christmas day) it was lovely to wake up with my daughter there for Christmas Day; it’s been a few years. Husband, daughter and myself opened our gifts to one another and later younger son, daughter-in-law and my two granddaughters arrived With the granddaughters’ agreement we delayed the further present opening until after we’d eaten. It worked much better than trying to see what everyone had whilst juggling turning the roasties!
On Boxing Day step-son no.2 and his family arrived for a couple of hours in the morning, closely followed by my elder son and his. Again we opened presents after lunch, though this time the two younger children (ages 2 and 3) were not quite so keen to wait! I prepared a hot and cold buffet lunch including a side of salmon and which I enjoyed so much more than the turkey and gammon we’d eaten the day before. I had found myself thinking that I actually didn’t like it very much. Trying a turkey sandwich later that evening and finding myself unable to swallow it, I decided in that moment that pescatarianism beckoned. It’s been hovering in the wings for a while. For a gravy-type dinner which does not lend itself to fish, I shall cook my blog-friend Margaret’s nut roast.
So here we are on the fourth day of Christmas and all I wanted was to HAVE A REST ! So I did – a lie-in whilst I read my new book (the latest Comoran Strike book, Lethal White by JK Rowling. I love the chemistry between the two key characters, Strike and Robyn), then a very light breakfast. After three days of over-indulging, it’s back on plan and hoping that I can weigh in on Monday with at least a ‘maintain’.
This year I am organising a Slimming World post-Christmas Food bank collection so I packed up the unopened goodies ready to take there. I then assessed the fridge leftovers and made the base of three individual turkey & ham pies (not for me, obviously), grated some cheese for use in future recipes and portioned up various desserts. The freezer is looking good for January and food shopping will be limited to fresh fruit and veg, milk and bread for a while. The only thing that has been wasted is a small amount of fresh cream.
This afternoon my youngest granddaughter came to visit bringing her new DVD which I had said I’d like to watch, We snuggled up under a blanket and watched it together:
After that I put away my Christmas presents, thinking how very lucky I’ve been. As well has having money to spend (not in the sales as I hate shopping when the shops are heaving with people wandering aimlessly amongst the racks are overflowing with uncoordinated leftovers), I had some gorgeous gifts including several of my favourite brands. Thank you to my lovely family members for being so thoughtful and for knowing me so well!
Favourite perfumes, Benecos nail polishes in two gorgeous colours and eyeshadow, and my always-worn Bare Minerals eyeliner and a palette of their new blusher/highlighters.
Divine lime leather gloves (can’t wait to wear them) and a very thoughtful copy of Kit Williams now out of print Masquerade – both items which I have blogged about – bemoaning the fact that I could not find lime green gloves and that I had lost my copy of the book).
My favourite skin cream (which I can only occasionally treat myself to).
Christmas could have been so different this year. As a family we have endured some difficult and worrying times so to see them all, and to know that the worst of 2018 is hopefully now behind us, made Christmas together all the more special.
Footnote added on day 5: the ‘back on plan didn’t go too well. All was ok until the evening when I got a calling for cheese and crackers. Today it is then…..