Christmas This Year, 2014

December 27, 2014

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Christmas this year was really rich.

We spent the morning at Mum and Dad’s, as we do every year, gifting and opening presents and eating fruit salad. Ben and I drove up to Red Hill after a morning walk and promptly woke my brother, handing him a 3kg tub of Nutella. Merry Christmas, Jackson. Santa gave me a vegetable spiralizer that I have already used and already love.

We sat on the couch, coffee in hand and wrapping paper on the ground. Our dog, Matilda, passed away a while ago, but we miss her that little bit more more on Christmas morning, as ruffling in the present aftermath was her most favourite pastime. Soon after we got to preparing our lunch. Every year mum hosts a small group of our family and this year I felt particularly joyful, the five of us hanging out in the kitchen, chopping, stirring and stealing scraps of slow-cooked pork. My grandparents arrived around midday, followed by Ben’s parents, and around 1pm we sat down to eat. The menu was similar to last year and the year before that, though we added some bourdon apples (which we won’t do again) and a brussels sprout, chestnut and bacon dish (which we may do again). Around the table we cracked bonbons, praised the pork and passed bottles sparkling shiraz and boats of gravy up and down the table. We finished with plum pudding and boozy sauce, and then went to Ben’s parents’ house to open presents with our niece and nephew.

And now we’re enjoying the fact that our family is over from Hong Kong and we are working from home the next week or so, with little more on our agenda than visiting the beach, playing lego with kids, eating leftovers and making fruit pie. It’s Summer and we’re rich.

Here are some photographs from Christmas this year, 2014.

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Writing the lyrics to “Jingle Bells, Batman smells…” #proudaunty

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Heidi xo

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11 Comments

  • Reply Millie | Add A Little December 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Looks like such a lovely day – looking at the photos of you and Ben just warm my heart every single time!! (#relationshipgoals)

    • Reply Heidi January 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Awww thanks, sweet! x

  • Reply Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows December 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    We are rich aren’t we? I realised that this Christmas as well, as our small gathering hung out together for the whole day just enjoying each other. So wonderful.

    Merry Christmas to you Heidi 🙂

    • Reply Heidi January 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      So wonderful indeed. Merry Christmas Emma x

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips December 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    It looks like such a wonderful day. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I have so enjoyed reading your blog the last few months.

    • Reply Heidi January 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you, Nicole, that’s so lovely of you to say x

  • Reply laurasmess January 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I brought my camera along to our Christmas gathering but neglected to use it for the majority of the day. So annoyed, just got a couple of snaps of the nephew and some of the food. LOVE this record of your family celebration. So much food, joy, colour and love. Hahahahaa… yesss, Batman smells! One of my friends at work wrote the first four lines to that song and stuck them on a post-it note on my desk with a little picture of Robin. Made my week!
    So much love to you Heids, thanks for sharing this. P.S I might be travelling to Melbourne for a family celebration in April 2015. Will you and Ben be around? Not sure if Aaron can make it as yet but I would love to drink tea together and give you a proper hug! xxx

    • Reply Heidi January 2, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Yes we will totally be around!! Woohoo! Let’s definitely catch up x ps your co-worker sounds excellent.

      • Reply laurasmess January 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

        I’ll track down your email and send you some deets! I do hope this works! xx

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