Merry Christmas

Today was our first Christmas in our new house in Aberdeen. It was just the four of us and the first Christmas where it has been just us for quite a long time. Ben and I spent a while trying to remember what we’d done for Christmas over the last five years and it was not that easy. Thankfully I have a record of my life on my blog since 2011 and so it was so fantastic to be able to go back each year to see what we did. This is one of the terrific things about blogging.

Christmas 2015 has been wonderful. The kids woke up full of excitement at about 6:30am. Daniel, who will be 9 next month, still believes in Santa. I don’t know how this is possible except that the autism has meant his social development is behind that of other children his age and so he doesn’t have any close friends and it’s typically our peers who break the sad truth about Santa. I can’t imagine he’ll still believe in Santa next Christmas but who knows. We made the most of it anyway and Santa and his reindeer were given some carrots, a mince pie, some lebkuchen, and at Ben’s insistence, some whisky. My recipe for lebkuchen is here if anyone is interested; I make it every year. This  year I tried making it without eggs and used flaxseed instead. It worked out fine.

For lunch I made a nut roast, loosely based on Jamie Oliver’s recipe only I use pearl barley and oats. This year was the most delicious version I’ve ever made. It was soooo good. The kids hate nut roast so as a treat I got them chicken breast wrapped in bacon. George Monbiot thinks eating meat just on special occasions like Christmas is the way to go and I don’t think that’s a bad idea. Although personally I’d rather my nut roast which is divine.

Elizabeth set the table for us. She’s obsessed with snow globes and owns two now, both of which are presents from Granny. They joined us for Christmas lunch as you can see in the next photo:





Elizabeth got some Minecraft toys for Christmas which is what she wanted. Her Gran gave her the Minecraft pig in the next pic which she has aptly named, “Bacon”. We got her an Enderman (hand-made by a lady in Norwich and bought on the Etsy store) which she has called End.


Busby got a present from Ben (a super-dooper rear light):


Santa got Daniel this very cool hat:


And I can’t resist showing everyone my outfit which was bought from the opshop (charity store). The skirt is Karen Millen and still had tags on it.


This afternoon I very reluctantly went for a run but I’m very glad of it now although I really had to force myself to do it. Now I feel great and it’s time to get a hot drink and sit down in front of Star Wars with the family.

Merry Christmas everyone!

8 responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. Glad to know that you had a terrific first Christmas in your new home. Here’s to many more. The dishes look yummy and presents look nice. I liked Daniels green hat and your outfit looks good too. I am pleasantly surprised that Busby got a present as well although I know how much Busby is valued in your family. It would have been nice if you had unwrapped Busby’s present 🙂

    I too tend to think what I did on the same day of the previous years esp. on special occasions and festival days. And you are correct. It is not too easy to recall unless you have some record. As I am getting older, I am appreciating the value of journaling and recording my life experiences although most of it privately.

    We too had our best Christmas day since we came to NZ in 2011. Usually Christmas day is boring but yesterday the time flew. I was especially happy because I reconnected to a family in India with whom I lost touch for no reason. The rented me their house in 2006 but our relation grew into more than that despite both of us being from diverse cultures. They treat me like their son. I called them up after years. They did not forget me and we ended up talking for an hour. We all are very happy. It is indeed a Merry Christmas for me too.

    • Hi Chait,

      Reconnecting with an old friend on Christmas Day sounds perfect. I’m glad you were able to do that. It sounds like a wonderful day.

      Staying at home for Christmas is really, really nice. The past two Christmases we have gone out and so I really appreciated staying home this time. I’m not sure what we’ll do next year.

  2. What did Busby get? Has he opened his present?

    Elizabeth did a good job of setting the table although she needs two more snow globes! 🙂

    Your new outfit’s nice. I have a Karen Millen top that I bought at a sale. I really like her clothes but they are usually too expensive to buy.

    Enjoy the rest of your holidays! Nothing like a break. 🙂

    • Busby got a rear light 🙂

      I would never buy Karen Millen either for the same reason as you – too expensive. This is why opshops are so great: I can buy brands I wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.

      Happy holidays to you too!

  3. Your dinner looks so good. Isabel loves chicken breast in bacon too, but I think I would have gone for your nut roast. I was going to go for a run in the morning, and then it started to pour, so glad I didn’t, but well done for going on yours.

  4. What a wonderful post. I feel like I’m getting to know you and your family.

    We usually spend Christmas alone, and at home – our families are 4000 km away. What was once a small affair has grown to include the kids (?) partners and grand kids. We have outgrown our dining room table, and there is no longer room under the tree for all the presents. The kids cherish the tradition. We spend hours slowly opening all of the gifts, one at a time, and then enjoy the same vegetarian meal we have shared for 35 years. In some ways, it gets better each year.

    Merry Christmas.

      • Dinner hasn’t changed much in over 30 years. The main feature is a wild rice, vegetable, and nut casserole (everyones favourite) and add mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, yam, cranberries, wine and/or beer. In recent years, we have included barbecued salmon (for some). One of my sons is an avid salmon fisherman, and he regularly fills the freezer with fresh salmon and halibut.

        Christmas is still a magical time for us. The kids (I still think of them as kids rather than as young adults) still get very excited but you know you are getting old when your grandchildren begin saying grace :).

        You have a lot to look forward too.

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