This is my Grandmother who taught me how to cook, sew and look after the house. I used to spend all the holidays with her and my Grandfather when I was growing up and at Christmas we were very busy. I used to help her do all the Christmas baking and watched as she iced the Christmas cake. Another job I helped with was the plucking of the Christmas goose for Christmas Day. She had a sitting room off the kitchen and we used to close all the doors and Grandma would be plucking the goose and my job as to pick up the feathers into a bag so that they could be used for the cushions. No feather alergy here!!!! By the end of it the room was full of drifting feathers, it always reminded me of snow!
Grandma always had sewing projects on the go and would make new Christmas stockings each year. I would get to play with the material left over and make clothes for my dolls and as I got older sewn Christmas gifts for my friends.
The Boys and DH their mats from last year.
We always took the dogs for long walks before it got dark and found interesting twigs, pine cones and holly to make the wreath for the front door and if the weather was bad we would spend the day reading.
We would all get together on Christmas Eve at my Grandparents home or my parents home and that would be the start of Christmas. We always went to Church on Christmas Eve and then had dinner when we got back and played board games. Christmas Day was a hive of activity with Mom and Grandma cooking the dinner, we always ate around 1.00pm. When I was little I would open my presents first thing from Santa and then presents from everyone else were opened after lunch in the sitting room, then we would watch the TV film and the Queen’s speech and then have tea, which would consist of little sandwiches, a cup of tea and a piece of Christmas cake.
Boxing Day was always a much more relaxed affair with everyone getting up mid morning sorting their own breakfast out and then going for a long walk with the dogs. Lunch was always a buffet around 3.00pm and then we would all be doing not a lot!!! It was nice to relax after all the preparation beforehand. We still do this now in our home!
What was nice was that the shops and businesses closed at lunchtime on Christmas Eve and would not open again until at least December 28th, so everyone got a nice break, unfortunately not the case nowadays! I think the best part of it for me was spending time with our family and it is what I remember the most about it.
I know this year has been a great challenge for everyone in the whole World and there will be people who cannot spend Christmas with their family this year, who have lost loved ones to this wretched virus and to those who have lost loved ones and had to deal with everything with all the restrictions. I am very grateful to be able to spend Christmas with DH, The Boys, Girlfriend and Treacle and sincerely hope that 2021 is going to be so much better than 2020. I normally hate the New Year, love Christmas all the way, but hate that it is another New Year but I can honestly say that I will be glad for the New Year to arrive and see the back of 2020!
Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!!
Christmas Hugs & Love, Susie xx