There was no snow but that didn’t take away from my English Christmas. It was cold but not too bad – apparently the third warmest Christmas ever! I got into London on the 23rd of December and Uncle Jeff bought in a Christmas tree (yes a real one) and I got to put all the lights and chritsmas decorations onto it! The rest of the house was covered in Christmas cards and other Christmas decorations so there was a real Christmas atmosphere and I was excited about Christmas.
Christmas eve I spent at the shops looking around and went into the city to Fortnum and Masons – an incredibly fancy department store. They had such beautiful window displays and being Christmas eve it was so busy with people doing last minute shopping. All the staff were wearing red tail coats and addressed me as ‘madam.’
A couple from my relatives church came over for dinner and we had a delicious festive meal – Rudolph Pie and Cranberry tart. David and I went to a midnight mass service which was really lovely – Christmas carols and hymns interspersed with the Christmas story.
Christmas morning we all went to Church and then to one of Aunty Susan’s friends Barbara anhd her daughter Claire’s house for a Christmas lunch. She had made a traditional turkey meal and mulled wine and champagne. It was a fun day of chatting and eating and playing games including ‘pudding races’ which were wind-up toys in the shape of Christmas puddings which were hilarious. We played the Christmas hat game and Uncle Jeff and I walked home with them on and declared a tie when we went to bed with them still on.
Boxing day was a relaxing morning and then we opened Christmas presents. I got incredibly spoilt and received so many lovely presents including a London dvd and photo book, some Fortnum and Mason tea, coffee mug, tealight candle holder, and a Christmas stocking full of little surprises! I had a nice package from home which had some letters and australian goodies. It was nice sitting in the lounge room near the Christmas tree taking it in turns to open presents. Then Barbara and Claire came over as well as another of Aunty Susans friend Alan for dinner. It was another yummy Christmas dinner – a roast rib of beef and pavlova for dessert (my favourite!!) Watched a bit of the cricket and then headed to bed.
Have done a lot of skyping with my lovely family over the Christmas holidays and worked out how to take a photo of our screen.