So Christmas is finished and I am on the plane on the way to Vancouver to begin my 6 weeks of skiing in Whistler. (AHHHH!!!)
It truly has been a great Christmas, but then-again Christmas is always fab in the Parrott household.
It begins on Christmas Eve with a baking marathon with Grandma Bramley.
While my mum got everything ready for Christmas Day, my dad was at work and then the pub and my grandpa was peeling brussel sprouts – my brother, sister, grandma and I baked a selection of orange chocolate brownies, M&M shortbread, a chocolate Yule log and of course… Mince pies for our annual mince pie competition.
When my dad returns from the pub we blindfold him and make him try all three of our mince pies before declaring the best and the worst. OFCOURSE once again I lost.. What can I say, I officially have the title of worst mince pie maker BUT best brownie maker.
I was working in the restaurant Christmas Eve, but getting home at 11.30 meant I had just enough time to sprinkle reindeer dust on the lawn to attract Rudolf to our house, write a letter to Santa and check that the right mince pie had been left for him (not mine).
6.30am Christmas morning, sat watching the clock until 6.59 when my brother and I decided now was time to wake the house up. Then breakfast, WHY everyone decides to have a long shower and a big breakfast on Christmas morning I will never know.. ARE YOU NOT INTERESTED IN WHETHER SANTA HAS BEEN?!
He had – yippeeee – so present time (including lots of skiing and travel related presents for me wooo!!) and then everyone got ready for our Christmas morning drinks party.
Watched the Queen at 3pm and then a big big big Christmas lunch, followed by a multitude of Christmas games.
Top 3 Christmas games this year:
3rd position – BINGO!
A couple of years ago I got a bingo ball dispenser and cards for Christmas and it creates a very competitive and strangely quite concentrated family – especially when money is involved! The steaks even went as high as £2 for a line and £12 for a full house (!!!).
2nd position – WOULD I LIE TO YOU
This is a two team game which is fast moving and hilarious. There are lots of different lying challenges including making up fake answers to a question while the other team tries to guess which is the correct one and picking up a card with either a picture on it or a blank space for you to create a picture in your mind while the other team quizzes you while trying to work out if you’re lying or not. My laughing definitely gave it away but this is a great game for all the family!
And in 1st position… ARTICULATE
This is an even faster moving game where you describe objects, people, places or doing words to your team mates while they try and guess what it is.. All against the clock! So much harder then it sounds especially when you get a person you’ve never heard of and you have to break all the parts of the name up and then get your team to say them all together! Tactical playing can also be done here and although we played this game 4 times in 2 days, grandpa ended up the articulate champion… HOW!?
Boxing Day in our family consists of a long walk (a long, slow walk as we are all walking umpa lumpas after our huge meal the day before) followed by the pub. Nearly had a dawn French moment on the walk… while wading through a puddle I came across a very deep patch and in fear of reenacting the moment in the vicar of dibley when she falls into the hugely deep puddle I lept out and filled my broken wellies with water…
completing the walk with soggy socks was not great but I kept going due to the thought of coming home to.. MORE FOOD! But Boxing Day lunch is one of the best meal of the year… Bubble and Squeak made out of what we couldn’t eat of Christmas dinner, cold turkey and more brownies, shortbread and mince pies (not mine). Then OBVIOUSLY more Christmas games.
Yesterday we had Christmas Dinner number 2, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding (yum) with even more family, 14 round the table this time (well.. 13 and a teddy to stop superstition), followed by… Yes you guessed it… More CHRISTMAS GAMES!
Now I am about to land in Vancouver to start the first part of my adventure – 6 weeks skiing in Whistler!
I cannot believe after so many hours of working and planning it is finally here, this is only the beginning so BRING ON 2014.