Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Done and dusted

It's over for another year. The day went well, even considering the abysmal weather we had to suffer. I don't remember a Christmas Day like it, weather-wise. 15 degrees, windy, with constant rain. The weather forecast made me very anxious in the morning - there's just no way we can fit everyone into our tiny house, and as usual we had set up tables outdoors. So we really, REALLY needed some decent weather. We didn't get it.

Luckily though, we did manage to get through the first two courses with only a minor shower or two and since our deck is roofed, we stayed dry. By 2:45 though, when it began to rain relentlessly and then HAILED on and off, it was everybody indoors. Bike Boy had the ingenious idea of putting on a DVD for the kids - that kept them amused in one room, while most of the adults hung around the kitchen and ate dessert. It could have been much worse.

The food was fabulous - prawns and smoked salmon roulade (my mother's specialty) to start, then the obligatory roast pork, turkey and ham with roasted vegies and lots of salad. And of course, gravy, apple sauce, cranberry sauce etc. Dessert was a little overboard - Christmas pudding with brandy custard, trifle, individual pavlovas, lemon tart and a raspberry-Frangelico tiramisu. And ice cream. Plus fresh fruit, choccies, almond bread etc. There was more wine than you could poke a stick at, and my champagne cocktails went over a treat......and I only had a couple, I was way too busy.

The Baby got up at 6:30am and snuggled in bed with us till the clock ticked over to 7:00. I've always insisted that 7:00am is plenty early enough for children to get up on Christmas Day. Yes, I AM mean. Here he is, checking out the loot from Santa:
The prawns were giant mutants. Yum!

The table was built by my brother in law, and takes up almost our entire deck. The kids were seated separately in the garage. Peaceful? You bet!

I LOVED this centrepiece - can't take credit for it though, I bought it at Target. The boxes were filled with lollies...perfect for keeping the kids amused after lunch. I think I'll refill and re-use it next year.

I got some fabulous presents too....bike shorts and a jersey from Bike Boy, plus an external hard drive for my laptop to make backing up my files a much less difficult job. The kids gave me a Robbie Williams DVD, Ben Elton's new book and a CD of Joe Jackson's greatest hits.

Everyone went home by 6:00pm and Bike Boy and I settled on the couch in an alcohol and sugar-induced stupor to watch those great Christmas movie classics - Blade Runner and Pulp Fiction. And we both managed to nod off, of course.

We only seem to have two items to return - one double-up gift and one board game with a bodgy timer, so that's a better effort than recent years. I'll be staying well away from the Boxing Day sales though - maybe we'll take care of the exchange thing later in the week....

Now that my once-a-year day of excess is over, I'll be trying to eat fairly well and avoid the leftovers until New Year's Eve, then from January 1st, it's back to normal. Or at least what passes for normal with me....

6 comments:

Pip said...

WOW, what a mighty looking Christmas table all set out! Very professional! Catering for all those settings and kids! I bet you were too busy working and catering to have too much time to put too many delicacies in your mouth!

Pip

Anonymous said...

What a huge Christmas Table! I'm so glad it all worked out in the end. Sounds like you had a great time!

MTB Girl said...

hey Kek - can we see your jersey - please? :)

Kek said...

It's a girly pink one from Nike, Amanda, and perhaps I'll model it when the Christmas carb-squidginess has subsided a little.....

I also have an Amy's Ride one to wear on the 7th January. :)

MTB Girl said...

Oooh - pretty jerseys. I think the Nike one is one I was lusting after. I didn't know you could get Amy's Ride ones - are they just for participants?

Kek said...

Yup, the jersey comes with your entry kit. I may just die on this ride, but at least I'll look good....

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