This year, we celebrated the Christmas holidays in England as an entire family. 10 adults and 5 children and one in Lise’s belly and there will surely be more in the future.
We had two Christmas trees – one pretty, gold one in the living room and one kiddie one in the dining area. Each day we took turns doing some cooking, cleaning, etc. We did the traditional games of poker, watching of movies and loads of chats. But this year with 5 little kids with the oldest being 4, it was really loud, crazy but fun.
Before heading up to bed, we set up some milk, cookies, carrots for the reindeer to enjoy during his stop off at Valley Farm House. Santa left a note back for the kids thanking them all for the treats and for being good boys and girls.
The kids were all awake early to open their presents but we had to wait for Liberte and Neils to come over at 9 am. Once here, the kids had a great time opening the presents. Soren received his special lights and sounds Fire Truck with a ladder which goes up high in the sky and Hungry Hungry Hippos which was a huge request. Plus a few more lovely gifts. Maebh really wanted a Minnie Mouse bow and she got that, a wooden cash register machine, a pretty fancy dress and more. All in all, they had a wonderful Christmas.
We were broken up into teams of 3. There was a lot of cooking and cleaning of many pots and pans but it was lovely.
Neils: Thai Prawn Coconut Soup
Nils: Mini Beef Wellingtons
Jorinde: Mini Bruschetta Toasties
Tjibbe, Lise & Reolof: Leg of Lamb stuffed with garlic, Pomme Provencal, with Roasted Carrots
Hepzaba, Mark & Liberte: Nigella’s Individual Chocolate Mousse and Oreo Cookie Trifles
Christmas cracker hats added some entertainment. The meal was very good and we were all stuffed.
|Nils’ famous Mini Beef Wellingtons|
Nils & I took our kids up to Cromer to see the annual Boxing Day Swim – This will be it’s own blog but in summary there were about a 800 people gathered to watch 80 take a dip in the freezing cold water.