14 things I love about Christmas – Day Five

One of my favouritest (yes, I know that’s not really a word) things that I love about Christmas is the socialising, made all the better because even my introvert husband can’t wiggle his way out of it during the festive season 😉

We are starting today by having some friends over who we have been meaning to invite for dinner all year. And so, for me, I’m taking this as the first ‘Christmassy’ meal, even though officially it’s still 10 days away.

Table all set. Can you see the black plastic in the background? The girls set up a bit of a water slippery slide which they intend to make good use of when their friends arrive :)

Table all set. Can you see the black plastic in the background? The girls set up a bit of a water slippery slide which they intend to make good use of when their friends arrive 🙂

Sharing food with friends and family is one of the sweetest things in life and I love it. There is nothing better than lazily watching the kids play, while chatting and sipping a good wine. And at Christmas time here in Australia, it’s hot. So it’s kids in the pool, bbq’s, salad, thongs and a general air of relaxation, and (if you are connected with me via facebook, you will already know this) a friendly table tennis tournament (and, if you are connected with me via facebook, you will also know that I never, ever win).

One of the reasons I think I enjoy having people over or going to theirs, is that it gives you a chance to take a break. With all the rushing to get work wrapped up, shopping done and Christmas cooking organised, it’s wonderful to just stop and….breathe.

What do you do to relax during the busy Christmas season? Are you a solitary recoup-er, like my husband, or more like me and are reenergised by being with others?

 

6 thoughts on “14 things I love about Christmas – Day Five

  1. I do like to relax at Christmas-time. I am a tad on the solitary side, but wouldn’t turn down a meal or an invite to meet up. I’ll spend the bulk of the eve and Christmas day with my family, playing new games, opening new packs of Pokemon cards (shh, it’s a secret), and reading new books. While I will have some holiday-related posts next week on the blog, I’m keeping it simple this year so I have more time to chill-ax.

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  2. This year, as my blog-followers know, we’re in California with our son and his two children, so we’re doing games, dinner, trip-to-the-Melodrama, and other assorted traditions. When the kids were growing up, one of our favorite traditions was inviting various friends who did not have any other family to join for the holiday. We’ve had some really memorable Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners that way.
    There’s hope for the loners…I used to be one…now I thrive on meeting and greeting. Love it both ways!

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    • What a simply lovely Christmas you’ll have! And what precious memories for your children to have grown up with – the true spirit of Christmas, sharing your home and the holiday with others.
      How interesting that you say you used to be a loner and now you’re not. We can all change, can’t we? 🙂
      Oh and what is your blog? I would love to follow you but I can’t find a link!

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  3. I’m in Canada, so as you can imagine, it’s cold here and we’ve had a light dusting of snow. I’m the introvert in my family, but every year I make sure we get together with friends we haven’t seen in a while. This year dinner was at my house. Games are usually on the after dinner menu — dice games or blackjack or backgammon. And wine and chocolate, of course!

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    • How lovely to be the hostess this year 🙂 I love games!! It just makes my night if guests do too, otherwise it’s more just games with family at this time of year. We play Quiddler, Five Crowns (not sure if you’ve heard of those) and sometimes PayDay and Life…..I am never the one to say ‘that’s enough games for now’ – I love ’em!

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