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Saturday, 26 December 2015
busy Father Christmas
Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely time!
I did intend to post again before Christmas, but life got too busy; and I also wanted to do some last minute baking.
I have been making this cake on and off since 1980 (!), ever since I found the recipe for Vanilletorte in Burda magazine that year ( in those days published only in German).
Christmas in our house starts on Christmas Eve, for me the real Christmas (true to my origins).
A couple of good friends by now, made some time ago, my Christmas wall hanging and a tablecloth come out of the storage.
We all get together in our house, and while indulging in all the goodies at the table, we are waiting for Father Christmas. Our grandchildren are the lucky ones;
unlike their friends, they get presents on Christmas Eve at ours, and again at home on Christmas morning.
Our house is not large enough for a "proper" Christmas tree, so we have this small one in our porch;
Father Christmas always finds just the right place to leave children's presents anyway; after dinner the children found there a bag each, full of presents.
There were even muddy foot prints on the floor
(which is interesting, considering it was dry outside ;-)
Two excited children,
(DD, DH, DIL, DS & SIL).
We all got together again yesterday (Christmas Day), including our son's in-laws, for English Christmas, this time hosted by our son and his wife at their house.
They both enjoy cooking and made a wonderful traditional meal,
including the flaming Christmas pudding.
It was a lovely day with the family,
and after arriving home last night I even managed to watch Downton Abbey Christmas Special, the last ever episode!
Today was a quiet day, time to "recover", time for a walk.
Everyone has been commenting on the unseasonably warm weather,
but at least it has been dry the last couple of days.
I love Christmas, but I also like the quiet few days after, time just to relax and "do your own thing".