Christmas Eve we cut down a tree from somewhere.. I'm never actually sure where we get it from, usually just a hillside somewhere not too far away. Some people think it's a bit sad to have a Christmas tree just for Christmas Eve/Day, but it's nice to have all the family decorate it. We have an assortment of decorations and ornaments and most of them are home-made and/or half a century old. I've decided that next year I will make some new ornaments as the headless bird and legless soldier have probably lived out their lives now.
|Aunty, cousins and my brother decorating the tree.|
|Before Christmas morning and after.|
Of course there are presents under the tree, but let's skip to what Christmas is really all about: food! There are 14 in our family present today and we had two turkeys and two racks of pork (OK, you got me: I don't really know my cuts of meat so that's probably not correct). Normally I don't mind being pretty vego on Christmas Day because the turkey is *always* dry. Never have I ever had a good turkey on Christmas Day. But today, as soon as the birds were off the spit, they looked delectable: the skin was dark and crunchy looking and I only hoped the flesh was juicy. And ohemgee it was the best turkey I had ever had. No exaggeration! I had a mammoth-sized plate of food but that didn't mean that I couldn't fit Christmas pudding in. Christmas pudding in the Greentree household is a "Sago Plum Pudding" and is not the traditional one most people know; but there is nothing better. My Aunties have to make at least 2 puddings every year because we all have two servings and it has been the source of some silly family grudges over the years. My Dad takes pudding so seriously that he has never quite forgiven my Aunty for forgetting to give him some one year (a few years ago!) and now she is never allowed to dish the pudding out.
|Turkeys fresh off the spit (note: isn't it weird that the plural of "turkey" is "turkeys" instead of "turkies"? |
|So meat lovers: what cut of pork is this?!|
|My mammoth-sized plate, as mentioned above.|
|The reindeer even came out to play!|