Season’s Greetings

I’ve not posted for a while as I’ve been rather busy at my day job and with the run up to Christmas. Now that Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been and gone I’ve got a bit of time to kick back and relax!

We had a nice quiet Christmas Day, my stepson was with his Mum and we had a nice lie in, followed by opening presents from our stockings, a nice breakfast of coffee and croissants before opening the presents from under the tree. I got lots of nice gifts from my husband including a new sewing machine (for my other hobby/business!) Then in the afternoon we had our Christmas meal, roast poussin with stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and other vegetables along with Yorkshire puddings and gravy. We also enjoyed a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne my husband won in a raffle at work. The rest of the day was spent watching TV and relaxing. Boxing Day was spent with my stepson, him opening his presents including a new bike – of which he said “I don’t like it – I LOVE it!”

The last couple of days have been spent eating leftovers, eating cheese & crackers and cold meats with some of my Mum’s lovely Spiced Crab Apple Jelly on the side. We’ve even been down to check on the allotment (and dropping off some kitchen waste for the compost bin) and I’ve even got to use my new sewing machine with an order from my Etsy shop.

We have also had some sad news, two weeks before Christmas my husband’s step grandmother died. She was 91 and had been in hospital for about a month, so although it was kind of expected, we’d hoped that she would make it past Christmas, but it was not to be. We have her funeral tomorrow, so in amongst the glad tidings, happy family get-together’s, gift giving and merry making, we have a sad farewell to give too. Although we have been asked not to wear black, it is to be a celebration of her life – which every funeral should be.

On a happier note, I’ve been looking through my collection of family photographs and have dug out a few from my childhood Christmases so I thought I would share them with you.

Baby me

My first Christmas

Christmas 1

Probably Christmas 1983

Christmas 2

This may be Christmas 1987 or 1988. We started a weird tradition of me and my siblings taking it in turns to wear a red coat and Santa hat each year and handing out the presents.

Christmas 3

This may be Christmas 1995 or 1996. I think I am wearing some horrid pleather trousers and a bad fluffy jumper and some penguin slippers. I’m helping out my lovely grandma Alice with her gift.

Christmas 4

This is probably Christmas 1997 or 1998. With my brother in law joining in on the fun!

Alice at Christmas

Grandma Alice again with a nice little box of treats. We used to do her a little hamper of things each year, things she might not buy for herself, like a bottle of Sherry and other luxury items.

I also have a couple of photographs from my Mum’s paternal grandparent’s time in Brazil sending festive greetings home.

Harry Mary and Phillip

This one from 1916 – “God bless our land and all our friends today, and other lands where friends are far away.”

Xmas greeting from Brazil

Possibly from the same year, the message is written backwards – not sure if that was intended or by mistake – but it reads “Xmas greetings from Brazil”.

And I have this card my maternal grandfather sent to his girlfriend – my grandmother Alice during the war.

Army card front Army card inside

 

I hope you all had a great festive holiday, whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other seasonal festival and I wish you all the best for the coming New Year!