That Was Weird

26 Dec


I had a lovely Christmas Day.

It was weird.

Usually, the boys wake us around seven.  We have never had enough sleep the night before.  For the first time, it was gone eight (that was particularly weird for me – I get up around six every day).

Usually, I insist that discarded wrapping paper goes straight into bags for recycling.  This year, I let it pile up on the floor and the dogs played in it.  The mess was soon cleared up afterwards.

Usually, it takes us about two hours to unwrap all the presents.  We take turns, decipher the clues we have written for each other, and thank the giver.  That didn’t change.  We once spent Christmas with a family who dived in to the presents in a frenzy, opening everything at once.  It took eight people fifteen minutes, tops.  It might be fun but there was no laughter at bad guesses and daft clues, no gratitude from the receiver for the effort made by the giver.  We like to savour our gift-gifting.

Usually, the Hub has to go back to bed for a couple of hours; yesterday, he didn’t, though he did doze on the couch while I made dinner.  That’s normal.

Usually, we don’t walk the dogs on Christmas Day, the only day of the year they don’t get a walk.  Yesterday, because it has rained so much in the last two weeks, we took them out while it wasn’t.  It was the Hub, the Nephew and me.  Lovely.  

It’s not so lovely trying to find dog poo in the dark, but I’ll gloss over that bit.

Usually, we have a starter.  Yesterday, I only remembered it as I was about to dish up, so we didn’t.  No one cared.

Usually, I am a terrible stress head about making Christmas Dinner.  Last year I cried because the roast potatoes were too big.  This year, not only were the roasties perfect, but I didn’t stress at all, timing everything just right.  The only wee bit of stress was when the boys came to help and I had to leave the kitchen while they squabbled about stupid things.  It was liking watching an all-male version of my marriage.

Usually, I finish my dinner, Christmas or otherwise.  Yesterday, I was the only one who didn’t, and who didn’t have seconds.  That’s ten pounds I’ll never put on.

Usually, we pull our crackers after dinner.  Yesterday, because of lack of space, we pulled them first and ate with paper hats on our heads,  Most jolly!

Usually, we watch a film after dinner.  Yesterday, for the first time in years, we didn’t.  We watched Doctor Who – of course – and other Christmas TV specials. Usually, we’re too stuffed to laugh, but The Royle Family took care of that.

Usually, I fall into bed on Christmas night around eleven, as the one and sometimes two glasses of wine kick in.  This year I drank Buck’s Fizz.  A whole bottle, without it going to my head.  Rather impressed with my hard head, I have just looked it up and it is one part alcohol to two parts orange juice…I still have a soft head.

All in all, a lovely day.  I love the routine of Christmas; don’t you?


35 Responses to “That Was Weird”

  1. jmgoyder December 26, 2012 at 11:37 #

    Love the Royle Family but don’t get it here now


  2. vivinfrance December 26, 2012 at 12:01 #

    Glad you had a good day, and hope you’ll have another one today.


  3. mylifebeyondlabels December 26, 2012 at 12:14 #

    I am all about routine, then again, I love change when it goes as smoothly as yours went yesterday.
    🙂 By the way, can you explain to me how the whole “clues” aspect to your gift giving I’m intrigued. 🙂 Merry Christmas! I hope the rest of your year goes as smoothly.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife December 29, 2012 at 15:23 #

      One thing I can guarantee is that our year will NOT go smoothly – it never does. But I appreciate the sentiment 🙂

      We each write a clue on the gifts that we give, and the receiver has to guess what they are getting. It’s good fun on Christmas morning and there’s lots of hilarity. It takes us about two hours to unwrap all the presents 🙂


  4. Grannymar December 26, 2012 at 12:41 #

    Glad your day went to well. I still have my party to look forward too when Elly & George come up in January.


  5. LoveHoundUKHoundUK December 26, 2012 at 12:49 #

    Wow a perfect Christmas Day.
    Long time since I’ve had one of those although yesterday was a really good day.
    Hope you enjoy Boxing Day. It’s all over here in France. One day off and back to work for everyone today.


  6. sanstorm December 26, 2012 at 13:03 #

    A happy post 🙂
    Ours was good too. A total riot 😀


  7. lenwilliamscarver December 26, 2012 at 15:10 #

    What a blessing for you and yours…glad it was as wonderful as you!!


  8. mairedubhtx December 26, 2012 at 15:41 #

    Glad you had a very happy Christmas, Linda. Happy Boxing Day. And the celebrations just go on…


  9. laurieanichols December 26, 2012 at 16:05 #

    The stress free cooking part that made your Christmas this year so different must be one to repeat every year after. I am so happy that you had a wonderful Christmas!


  10. faydanamyjake December 26, 2012 at 16:58 #

    Sounds lovely! glad you had a good day 🙂


  11. Rorybore December 26, 2012 at 17:06 #

    sounds like a lovely Christmas Day! My kids woke me up at six am. Not so bad I guess, except 2 of them were sick and barely slept – hence neither did I – most of the night. So I definitely needed seconds; of both the main course and dessert to get through a day of chasing barn cats, pulling sleds behind snowmobiles, intense games of charades and Battleship. Despite the plaque cough – we managed not to have a bad day at all.
    Love that you do the Christmas crackers — we all ate with paper hats too.


  12. gigihawaii December 26, 2012 at 17:29 #

    I prefer hosting Christmas parties to hosting Thanksgiving. I just hate to roast and carve the turkey. Just hate it. Next year, I am going to ask someone else to cook it and bring it over to my home. Well, it won’t hurt to ask. Lol. So glad you enjoyed Christmas this year, Tilly. Way to go, girl!


  13. terry1954 December 26, 2012 at 18:21 #

    I prefer routine at Christmas. Less surprises for me this way


  14. slpmartin December 26, 2012 at 19:09 #

    Sounds like a lovely day…mine was quite pleasant also.


  15. December 26, 2012 at 19:13 #

    I have the same dog- Truman! I shall post him! He is tiny 2 1/2 lbs!


  16. SchmidleysScribbling December 26, 2012 at 20:28 #

    The best bit of this post is the dog parts. Love the idea of them playing in the wrapping paper. That’s what mine would do if we wrapped presents. As it is, my grandchildren all wanted and received money. So it goes. They are all too far away to travel here on Christmas Day so its really low-key for us. Dianne


  17. benzeknees December 26, 2012 at 22:09 #

    Sounds like the best of Christmases! Wish I was there – this is the kind of Christmas I love!


  18. barb19 December 26, 2012 at 23:24 #

    Sounds like the perfect day!


  19. Three Well Beings December 27, 2012 at 07:57 #

    Sounds like an absolutely wonderful Christmas! Fully of personality without the demands of perfection. That IS perfect to me. oxo


  20. bluebee December 27, 2012 at 21:42 #

    Glad you had a lovely day, Tilly


  21. eof737 December 30, 2012 at 03:53 #

    You had a perfect day then. 😉


  22. Perfecting Motherhood January 2, 2013 at 20:19 #

    Sounds like you had a fun Christmas! I can’t imagine for my kids to wait 2 hours to open all their presents…



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