Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:20
OH and I have birthdays between now and December 7th and, since we live in Belgium, we also have St Nicolas to contend with on Dec 6th which meant Possum had to have presents then too so as not to be even more different than the other kids. Possum's birthday is in January so Xmas is something we get around to eventually and we keep it low key.
Nowadays we have dance classes too and I am president of the club so can have some fun. The last Wednesday before Xmas is a rum and nibbles Salsa class and the last Friday is ballroom with Santa bonnets, mulled wine and nibbles (they're getting mince pies this year).
Belgians have their main feast with family on Xmas Eve. We still do ours on Xmas day but there are just the 3 of us and none of us likes turkey so I cook duck breasts with a spiced wine sauce and naughty gratin dauphinois. OH does his own sprouts and gets a small Xmas pud. Possum and I have something chocolatey.
We like a proper tree with decorations picked up here and there at various Christmas markets and lots of lights plus candles and garlands but no tinsel or streamers.
We exchange gifts after breakfast and take the dogs for a long walk and then I play Christmas carol CDs while I cook. Always listen to the carol service from Kings too.
Boxing Day is a working day here but OH always takes it as holiday and we do more dog walking. Nice and quiet and restful.
New Years is a huge feast here and for the last few years we've gone out dinner dancing but this year we're hibernating and staying at home