It is a tradition that my extended family, that is my parents, brothers and sister and all their children and partners meet for our Christmas on the day after Christmas day. We each take a turn to host the day, and this year it was held at the home of my second brother and his wife, pictured below.
This year is was quite a large gathering, with only 2 of the cousins missing, and the addition of 2 new great grandchildren. I wonder if there will be any more next year?? We sat outside where they had set up a few tables and chairs. We had a barbecue and salads, followed by yummy desserts, and Christmas pudding.
My mother has decided that at 84 she does not need to supply the Christmas pudding and has passed on the "baton", and thankfully to my younger sister!!
The following few photos look like we played that game called, "Pass the parcel", but with the babies instead!!
After lunch it was time for the presents, and you can see the pile under the tree. As there is so many of us, we do the Kris Kingle thing and only have to buy one present. Except we still buy for the children. But once you turn 18, then you are on the "list"! And one young lad will be on the list next year.
As my immediate family did not catch up with each other on Christmas Day this year, we had our exchange of gifts after the other lot were done. A bit like all your Christmases coming at once??
DD3 donned the Santa hat and acted as Santa.
It was a lovely day, catching up with everybody, and the weather was just nice after the very hot Christmas day that we had.
We have had a couple of lovely days again, but the temperature is rising again for a hot rest of the week. Hopefully I can get some quilting done early in the day before I wilt.
I have had a few days of doing not much. I have read 2 books, sitting out in the pergola and watching the world go by. I have had a day trip out which I shall blog about separately later. The end of the year is coming up fast. Be back soon.
Blessings, From Jude