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This week on the Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about how we spend the Christmas holidays.

The afternoon of Christmas Eve is usually spent with my youngest son and his wife at my daughter-in law’s parents’ house.  For some years now we have always eaten Christmas dinner with them.  I’m not domesticated in the slightest, I hate cooking, but fortunately my son’s mother-in-law Sue loves it.  It therefore works quite well for me; we provide the turkey on Christmas Eve, and Sue cooks it on Christmas Day, along with mountains of other juicy fare, and I don’t have to cook a thing!

Christmas Day is quite busy this year.  During the morning we will visit my 91 year old mother, who is refusing to leave her flat for the first Christmas ever.  After grabbing a sandwich back at home we will then visit our eldest son, his wife and two children for a couple of hours in the afternoon to exchange presents, then we will go off to Sue’s house for the turkey dinner.



On Boxing Day it’s time for our usual buffet, and I have to spend all morning in the kitchen preparing food (the occasion is right up there with my thyroidectomy).  All the family turn up about 12.30 and I’ll cook a joint of pork, which Sam will cut into slices.  This will be served with various other finger foods, as we haven’t got the space to sit 14 people down for dinner.  I love to see all the family, but if only I could hire caterers for the day!

On the 27th December we will visit Sam’s mother, and then we’ll look forward to the boat trip up the Thames on New Year’s Eve to see the fireworks at midnight.


This is what we see before it gets dark…..


Then all hell’s let loose at midnight!  Fireworks are let off from the London Eye.


Big Ben in the background.  These were all taken from our trip to London on New Year’s Eve 2010.

How does P.J  Fiala spend her Christmas holidays? Click here to read her blog and find out.


You can also check out her books and also her new book ‘Danny’s War’ at her Amazon author page here.  http://www.amazon.com/PJ-Fiala/e/B00IL8OA04/

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