How We Do Christmas Oop North

24 Dec



Beginning t’look a lot like Christmas

The apple, rhubarb and meat pies are baked and sitting snug in the fridge and freezer; the turkey is in the oven; the gammon will follow; fairy cakes still to be made but sausage rolls are done; veg, roasties, mash and Yorkshire puds will be cooked fresh tomorrow, along with the gravy; roasties will be cooked in turkey and gammon fat; gravy will be made from the stock. 

I finally realised: I can cook

The cupboards are bursting with goodies; the tree is listing slightly under the number of presents waiting to be unwrapped tomorrow morning; all gifts not for us have been sent out; first-born son and lovely nephew will be here by eight, at the latest; Dr Who set to record, just in case.  Ironing is up-to-date; washing washed and drying, ready to be put away; the house is clean.

One or two things to do

  • Change the beds – we must get into freshly made beds on Christmas Eve; I don’t know why.  It’s the law. 
  • Visit Dad at the cemetery.  He hates being left out.
  • Go to the Christingle at four. 
  • Open a bottle of wine.
  • Relax!


If you don’t celebrate this particular festival, I wish you a happy and relaxing holiday period; but to those who do,

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Today’s Six Word Saturday was brought to you by the number ’24’ and the letter ‘wine’.

46 Responses to “How We Do Christmas Oop North”

  1. Inspiration to Dream December 24, 2011 at 11:09 #

    I’m exhausted just reading about everything you’ve done. I feel a little lazy this year. Breakfast at son and DIL’s and then lunch at my brother-in-law’s. Hubby is working, so it doesn’t quite have the crazy feel that Christmas normally does.

    Nothing doing at my house this year because the rest of the family is 4 hours away and we won’t get up there till next week

    Have a great day!


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 11:10 #

      Thanks! It’s good to have a lazy Christmas once in a while. Enjoy it!


  2. vivinfrance December 24, 2011 at 11:29 #

    Wow, Tilly! You’re a lot further ahead than I am, and you’re the one who’s supposed to be a scatty housewife! I only cook on the day, but Jock’s re-wired the old cooker in the workshop, so that I can steam the pudding and warm the plates etc out there. The table is laid with the best silver and Jock’s embroidered cloth and napkins. Apart from that we’re taking the doll’s house to the child whose 3rd birthday was yesterday, and then having a Polish Christmas meal at our Polish friend’s house with about 15 of her family.
    Have a happy day, and I hope all goes well.


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 11:35 #

      Sounds wonderful!

      I hope to set my table later: 26 years of marriage and I’ve never managed it yet, but I keep trying.

      Have a lovely time!


  3. kiwidutch December 24, 2011 at 11:29 #

    Merry Christmas Tilly!!!
    We will be having a lazy day after Santa has been, I foresee some trampoline time (for the kids, NOT me LOL) and present “trying out” and then off to relatives for a Christmas dinner later in the day.
    Mostly cold stuff: Ham, smoked chicken, freshly podded peas that we picked ourselves in the paddock yesterday, salads, fresh cherries, pavlova and strawberries etc.
    Yum.. AND the weather report is for about 25 degrees C and fine weather so the kids can run around outside and burn off some energy.
    I would usually go to church but the one I wanted to go to is half laying on the ground in pieces at the moment courtesy of the 04 sept ’10 and 22 Feb ’11 Quakes.
    This is the sort of Christmas I grew up with and love,(minus the shakes and broken churches of course) …northern hemisphere Christmas celebrations are so very different in style and feel. The weather has a LOT to do with that of course and the length of the days etc.
    Wishing you and your family an EXCELLENT Christmas! (your menu sounds wonderful!!!) minus the mince pies.. I’m from Dutch stock and we never got the hang of those.
    Merry Christmas! … HUGS… Kiwi 🙂


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 11:32 #

      Thank you for the lovely message, KD.

      I never thought I’d say it, but I’d love a South African Christmas again – sun, sun and more sun!

      Have a wonderful time.


  4. granny1947 December 24, 2011 at 11:46 #

    Your Christmas sounds great….can I come?????
    I am doing nothing…we are off to younger son tomorrow.
    glorious day here.
    Have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by family.


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 16:49 #

      Anytime! Everybody welcome in this house!

      Have a wnderful day. 🙂


  5. Ron. December 24, 2011 at 12:02 #

    You know that I’m probably the biggest fan of the holiday that ever lived, don’tcha? It’s true; I am!! I’m literally on fire with the spirit of the season!!!! I can bearly stand the excitement!!!!!!!! It needs more exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. rumpydog December 24, 2011 at 13:30 #

    No wonder adults don’t like Christmas so much…. that’s alot of work! Happy Christmas to you all!!!


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 16:50 #

      But worth it.

      Have a wonderful day and don’t let the humans eat all the good stuff!


  7. laurieanichols December 24, 2011 at 14:15 #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I’m surprised that I can’t smell all the goodies through my computer screen. I ascertain that everyone is feeling much better because you are one busy laughing housewife. I’m glad for that.


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 16:50 #

      I am and I thank you 🙂

      Have a lovely day 🙂


  8. Flo December 24, 2011 at 14:59 #

    Happy Christmas Tilly! Yes, I am still alive!


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 16:51 #

      Hooray! I did wonder…

      Have a great day with your family. Say hello to the girls from us 🙂


  9. Shirls December 24, 2011 at 15:22 #

    Merry Christmas Tilly.
    Your blog popped up yesterday on blog a day and I enjoyed it so much I subscribed. I’m in South Africa and it’s jolly hot. However, since I was born oop north and himself is as traditional as they come I’ve also been making pies and shortbread and Christmas pud etc.
    Have a great Christmas and relax on the day!


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 16:53 #

      Hi Shirls, and welcome! Thanks for subscribing – you’re my kind of reader 🙂

      Whereabouts are you? I lived in Sasolburg, Vereeniging, Joburg and Alberton over fourteen years. We had some wonderful Christmases with all the family out there, though many of them are gone or living elsewhere now.

      Have a wonderful day. If you braai, eat something for me!


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 17:28 #

      Shirls, your link takes me only to your gravatar, so if you have a blog, I can’t return the visit. Sorry about that 😦


      • Shirls December 26, 2011 at 08:08 #

        Hi Tilly
        I never should have complimented you – I got NO Maltesers for Christmas, only walnut whirls and Terry’s orange that says “for a great Dad”!???
        I live in Pinetown KZN and it’s hot and muggy and sticky. I have three blogs but so far haven’t done any posts. Your sense of humour and writing inspires me to get some writing done. Dammit – there go the Malteser privileges again. As soon as I get some posts up I’ll link back – meanwhile you enjoy the rest of the year and thanks for the jokes.


  10. slpmartin December 24, 2011 at 16:13 #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! Cheers!!!


  11. nrhatch December 24, 2011 at 16:36 #

    Enjoy your celebration to the MAX, Tilly!


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 16:54 #

      Thank you, Nancy; I will – it’s the only way I know how!

      Have a great day with your family and friends.


  12. Angela December 24, 2011 at 16:47 #

    Its so nice to hear some people have Christmas cheer, Its been so hard for some of us to have it this year! Merry Christmas to you! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud December 24, 2011 at 16:56 #

      I’m so sorry to hear that. We’ve had years like that; it sucks at the time, but life, thankfully, moves on.

      Have a wonderful day if you can 🙂

      Sorry I can’t return your visit: there’s no blog name.


  13. Call Me Cate December 24, 2011 at 17:24 #

    You’ve inspired me in the most random way – I want fresh sheets tonight as well! And I shall have them… I enjoyed reading about all of your preparations. You’ve been a very busy lady! Enjoy your Christmas and thanks for playing 6WS!


  14. Pseu December 24, 2011 at 18:53 #

    Christmas is nearly here! woo hooo!

    I’m impressed with your cooking skills, BTW…. I thought you couldn’t cook??


  15. Tonya December 24, 2011 at 19:07 #

    Sounds like you are ready for a wonderful holiday!

    umm…I have some ironing if you would like to help me get caught up… (don’t tell anyone but I still have some from the summer hidden that I never got to!)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


    • Tilly Bud December 28, 2011 at 12:04 #

      We could be sisters! I should have said, ‘The ironing is as up-to-date as I want it to be…’


  16. SchmidleysScribbling December 24, 2011 at 19:31 #

    Goodness, can I come to your house to eat. Where do you get the energy for all this stuff? Oh that’s right you are much younger than me.


  17. creatingreciprocity December 24, 2011 at 20:13 #

    Enjoy your day – sounds lovely!


    • Susie Clevenger December 24, 2011 at 22:14 #

      Enjoy your seems everything is ready! Merry Christmas!!


  18. Grannymar December 24, 2011 at 22:41 #

    Enjoy the day tomorrow, I celebrated with Elly & George today, it was good fun. I’m hoping they are safely home now because omorrow they travel to the other end of the country to have the day with his family.


  19. barb19 December 25, 2011 at 00:20 #

    You are one busy lady, as as you say, it’s all worth it on the day!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours Tilly! x


  20. kateshrewsday December 25, 2011 at 00:32 #

    You sound as if you’re Go For Launch, Tilly….have a wonderful Christmas, and thank you for the fantastic year of posts you have provided.


  21. Elaine December 25, 2011 at 00:55 #

    It reads like a well planned military operation. 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


  22. evilnymphstuff December 25, 2011 at 07:42 #

    Change beds for Christmas… I usually do that for new year 😛 anyway thanks for sharing a glimpse of your Christmas-in-real-life. Merry Christmas to you too!


  23. Rosemary Nissen-Wade aka SnakyPoet December 26, 2011 at 08:29 #

    Sounds wonderful!


  24. bluebee December 28, 2011 at 09:21 #

    I’m too late for Christmas, Tilly, but I wish you the very best of 2012, and the job that you most covet.


    • Tilly Bud December 28, 2011 at 12:06 #

      Thank you, BlueBee.

      And thank you, everyone, for your good wishes. Sorry it’s taken me days to reply.

      Merry Christmas (2012) TO ALL OF YOU!


  25. las artes December 28, 2011 at 15:20 #

    We're having a waitrose 3 pig roast. in the past ahve had turkey (kids hate it), Salmon, beef but everyone likes pork.Making cranberry and apple sauce to go with it tomorrow i think.


  26. eof737 December 29, 2011 at 10:22 #

    Same to you and hope you had a lovely time! 🙂


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