A Family Christmas Celebration

A Family Christmas Celebration
Sue

Well I hope that by now you have started your Christmas Shopping for gifts for your family and friends!!

We are starting our family Christmas celebrations from the second week in December buying fresh Christmas Trees from the farm and placing one on our balcony and the other in the house – decorating the trees is a family affair and is the most fun!! and of course the switching on of the lights. We will then attend a Christmas Wassail with our parents. This is a traditional celebration performed by a theatrical company and with audience participation. The whole celebration takes place in one of the many British stately homes across the country. Comprising of songs, poetry, drama sketches and Christmas Carols. With a half-way break where both mulled wine and mince pies are consumed!

Before Christmas we will be visiting Germany, touring just outside Munich to visit the many villages and their traditional Christmas markets, drinking Gluvine and eating delicious hot food! Their markets are superb, not atall commercial and very much family orientated.

For Christmas Eve in England, like most of the country, we will be out doing our last minute present shopping and taking in the atmosphere. Also visiting the local church for a carol service, yes there are many families who attend these services. In fact our local church normally has families standing at the back just before the start of the service, due to it’s popularity – a beautiful church with a lovely warm atmosphere!

For Christmas Day, we will entertain our family for Christmas Lunch and late afternoon Tea. The traditional roast Turkey and Ham with cloves, numerous vegetables and followed by Christmas Pudding coated with brandy and set alight! together with Brandy Sauce. There will be good conversation, music, merryment and joy!

Christmas is about giving and being thankful for what we have and the hope for a peaceful world!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

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