This is what we did this Christmas.
Went to our city's light parade, and the lighting of our Tumbleweed Tree (yep, a Christmas tree made of Arizona desert tumbleweeds). Wey hey, Father Christmas rode the fire engine!
Loaded up the car with duvets, Christmas music (sang along to this badly not knowing half the words, but half the fun is annoying Goth Child (who always knows all the words) in this way), snacks, hot chocolates and Christmas Lights Bingo cards and went on our annual Christmas lights safari.
Decorated our main tree with help from my 'best' helper Luca Brasi.
I have 8 trees around the house now of varying sizes...one 9', one white 7', 3 green 6', 1 green 3', 1 green 1' and Goth Child has a Charlie Brown 'twig' tree complete with red bauble.....one day I plan to have a Christmas tree in every room.....on the look out for inflatable trees for bathrooms for next year.
Every year the kids choose a new special tree ornament for our main tree....this year, Goth Child got a steampunk reindeer and Melchett got a Power Ranger (well all of them assembled actually). This tells you everything you need to know about my kids.
We did our Christmas jigsaw as per usual. Father Christmas can't come until it's done. We cut it fine this year finishing on Christmas Eve....but we had furry help.
We tracked Father Christmas's progress on Christmas Eve (with a little help from NORAD Santa Tracking apps).
We made more snowflakes, assembled terrible looking IKEA gingerbread houses (our fault not theirs.....our gingerbread houses used to look so pretty when I did them for the 3-4-5 year old Goth Child ;) still it's the making not the end result that's important on these things), played darts, danced the polka to Bob Dylan's Must Be Santa (yes, I have a leopard print onesie), put up our Father Christmas mantlepiece display....
Did our traditional opening of Christmas stocking on Christmas Day (the small gifts Father Christmas leaves during the night), pulled Goth Child off the computer from checking her replies on Deviant Art and as per usual went in pyjamas to the drive-through for coffee/hot chocolates.
Opened main presents after breakfast....can you tell Father Christmas brought what Goth Child and Melchett asked for?
Had a slap up Christmas dinner (turkey for the meat eaters, chestnut bourguignon pie for me, with yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, roast parsnips, carrots, peas, paxo stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce).
Played board games, watched Morecambe & Wise, and Porridge, Dad's Army, The Great Escape, The Sound of Music and lots of other very British things.....slept......and all fought off horrid colds.
A perfect Christmas :)