I had a blast writing it, it brought back all those wonderful memories of happy family times. I cherish them hugely, nothing is more important than family and they should always know how special they are.
One of my favourite things about Christmas is being able to kick back and spend lazy days together enjoying the little things that make us happy.
Long lunches, chilly walks, hot chocolates and pyjamas, games and late night chats putting the world to rights and dreaming dreams together.
Lovely, can't wait.
Anyway lets talk cake shall we.
I love Christmas cake and always make mine in October half term to give it plenty of time to mature.
And I love decorating my Christmas cake.
Deciding what artistic theme I'll be having and generally going to town on the festive design.
Here is a selection of some of them.
The problem is with everything building up before the Big Day it often gets left to the last minute...........the very last minute. Then one year disaster struck, flu and TIME RAN OUT!!!! Oh No! Everything came to a halt.
This is where one of our favourite Christmas traditions was born.
"Don't worry Mum" said the lovely children, "We'll decorate the cake, you'll love it!"
It's never the same, there's all that who has the children on the 'Big Day' how will they get there, what if they don't want to go..............all of it not nice really............for anyone.
This was graphically demonstrated to me when my gang were still quite small. There I was enthusiasticly describing what we'd be doing on our Christmas (Boxing) day after they'd spent the first half of the holidays with their dad. Turkey dinner, crackers, flaming pudding the full works you know the score. When one of them piped up. "Really do we have to, that'll be the fourth Christmas dinner we've had!"
Ahhhhh a penny dropped moment.
You see divorce means the children are paraded from one set of parents to grandparents to step grandparents, step parents, the list is endless and for them slightly tedious, imagine all those sprouts!
That year we had curry.
And I had a think.
We came up with a new way to spend Christmas.
It started with the Christmas BBQ
And because we have mostly boys................
Brilliant and the added bonus of tiring them out!
They loved it, presents took a back seat, all that indoor time was exploded out of them and if I say so myself we made the woods look very festive in our hats!
The following year.
Same hats more people.
And a game of fugitive.........it's muddy and involves hiding up trees and under bushes.......s'all you need to know really.
And the infamous Wedgie Wall!
The following year the pace changed a bit, well alot really, we're just too old and those boys are too big to tackle anymore LOL!
So Christmas is now themed.
Again a genius way of avoiding any stress and angst.
To date we've had.
And this year
(Any definition you wish)
Everyone participates, it's hugely entertaining and actually less stressful!
We have had some stunning gifts in all categories, have a look at these.
Tie and tankard courtesy Oxfam
Mmmm delicious honeycomb and chocolate truffles.
I think you can safely say we have created a tradition in our family and I love it.
Wonder what this year will bring?
I'm looking forward to it enormously.The best part is not having to go near any heaving shops or get involved in any of that craziness, but just enjoy being together and cherishing each other.
Now that's a proper Christmas.
How do you cope with the festive season do you opt in or opt out?
I'd love to hear about your own Christmas tradition.
Come back soon I'll be talking Christmas cake decorating..........
I thought I'd start a new little feature and the beginning of the month seemed a good time, I've seen a few of these type of lists around the internet and I like them because they kind of sum up a moment in a life.
So at the beginning of November I'm currently.
Listening..............to the rain.
Eating..................homemade natural yogurt.
Drinking...............fennel tea, delicious!
Wearing...............my poncho ( you can't be unhappy in a poncho!) and PJs.