Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas Day 2016

It's over for another year. A day that is so highly anticipated by us all, over in the blink of an eye, but so many amazing memories created in our little family.

The excitement began on Christmas Eve, with Charlotte going to a cooking class to bake some treats for Santa. Afterwards, we all headed to my Brother-in-Law's house to spend the afternoon with our niece. It's her first Christmas and, of course, she was more interested in the wrapping paper and boxes all of her presents from us came in.

We watched our Christmas Eve movie; The Polar Express. I don't think I'll ever tire of watching that film. The kids hung up their stockings and set up a plate of goodies for Santa and his reindeer.

Charlotte was first to wake up on Christmas morning; at 5am! Thankfully she didn't come and wake us up. Instead she woke up Zachary, who told her to go back to bed. They eventually came through to our room when Husband made a cup of tea at 6.30. Still quite early but not nearly as bad as 5am. They opened their stockings on our bed, as they do every year.

The kids were desperate to get downstairs to check if Santa had been, which he had. They opened all of their presents, checking each one out and getting rather excited about what might be next. I've got videos of their Christmas gifts to edit for my YouTube channel so you can see what they got for Christmas.

We had a small finger-food buffet for lunch as we were heading out for dinner at 4pm. Husband picked up lots of goodies from M&S. Everything was delicious!

My Father-in-Law and Brother-in-Law popped up with more presents for the kids. Charlotte was delighted with her horse themed presents and Zachary was excited to receive some Pokemon cards.

For dinner, we headed to our favourite Italian restaurant. We've been going every year for the past 4 years and it is such good fun and so enjoyable. I had red pepper and goats cheese bon bons to start, fillet steak for mains and crème brûlée for pudding. I also had a latte with our petit fours. It was an amazing meal and the atmosphere was lovely; very relaxed and cosy. Charlotte had her spaghetti bolognaise, as usual, and Zachary ate a full fillet steak to himself!

We arrived for our meal at 4pm and left at 6.45pm. My hairdresser goes to the same restaurant with her family every year and we always end up sitting next to them so the kids go off and play whilst we catch up. It really is that relaxed! We had such a good time and an excellent meal, of course, we booked up again for next year.

When we got home, we were all shattered. We got changed into our jammies, watched the end of Home Alone and fell into bed around 8.30pm. Another amazing Christmas over and done with, just like that.

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