Family Time

Without a doubt, this is my favourite week of the whole year. Not only is it Christmas and my birthday week ( ♪ ♫ Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me ♫ ), but we’ve had a whole week off. Mr TTC’s and my first, and only, whole week off in 2020.

We took Christmas Eve off as well. Dropped off presents to the extended family. A mighty strange time. Standing outside and catching up with news. Remembering not to get too close or hug them good-bye. Man, is that difficult. After so many months, it was lovely to see my parents, in laws and sister in real life. Blinking cold though.

This year, Christmas was always going to be unusual, but adding to the mix was the undeniable fact that the children are growing up. Some traditions silently becoming redundant and others made their stand. For the first time, they all helped to get the meal ready. It meant that, instead of me running out of time, leaving bits undone and hoping no one would notice, we had the full list of trimmings.

(An aside: this year I managed to cut the crown clean off the bird before carving slices. Just like a TV chef. Unlike them, I did a lap of honour around the kitchen, much to everyone’s bemusement.)

Traditionally, we bring out the china given to us by my Grandmother on our wedding day. The same set that she received on her wedding day. A roundabout way of saying, these plates are old and much smaller than our modern day ones. If I’d known that everyone was going to help, this year, then I might have chosen bigger plates this time.

No-one seemed to mind.

We had a good Christmas. Lots of fun and laughter. I didn’t manage to make as many presents as previous years. I did make one for my parents, which deserves its own post.

And we received some handmade gifts too, which I absolutely love.

I had a lovely birthday and was totally spoilt. We usually go to my parents for the day, but obviously that was ruled out. This year, the older teens made sure I had a birthday cake and made me one. A very delicious and indulgent cake.

Good job we’ve had so many walks this week, to walk it all off. A sprinkling of snow and lots of frost.

Plus ice puddles to jump in.

So, almost the end of the holiday break. Not that the children are heading back to school just yet. As it stands at the moment, we have an extra week with Middle Teen and an extra two with Youngest Teen, while they home learn. We’ll embrace it with all the enthusiasm that we always do. We moved from tier 2 to tier 3, this week. It makes very little difference to us, as a family. Alternative me would not have noticed either.

We still have a few days left of our holiday.  (Yay! Still best week of the year.) Before we get down to scheduling in all the online meetings for 2021, we have movies to watch, puzzles to piece and a few board games to master. Oh, and walks to walk. I’m hanging on to all the family time. Decorations are still firmly up.

Joining in with Anne’s Word of the Week. Summing up my week with one word. Family.

Happy New Year to one and all.

Word of the Week linky

14 thoughts on “Family Time

  • Saturday 2 January, 2021 at 11:40 am
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    Happy New Year and Happy Birthday (Belated.) It sounds like you’ve been having a wonderful time together and I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. All your photos look amazing! Thanks for joining in with #WotW

    • Saturday 2 January, 2021 at 12:11 pm
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      Thank you. Yes, this is always my favourite time of year.

  • Sunday 3 January, 2021 at 4:59 pm
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    Happy Christmas, New Year and Birthday! the cake looks delicious 😀 It’s so nice to get some quality family time 🙂 Love the photos

    • Monday 4 January, 2021 at 10:11 am
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      Thank you and Yes! to quality family time.

  • Sunday 3 January, 2021 at 8:26 pm
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    Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope you had a fandabidozi birthday. It took plenty of walks to work off my birthday cake too. I am such a piggy!
    Love your photos. xx

    • Monday 4 January, 2021 at 10:13 am
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      Ah, thank you. I need have a splendid day. A walk is always a good excuse to sample just one more piece of cake, I find. 😆

  • Monday 4 January, 2021 at 10:46 am
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    It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. Ours sounds very much like yours – walks, games, movies and time preparing food together.

    Happy New Year!

    #MMBC

    • Monday 4 January, 2021 at 11:42 am
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      I wouldn’t change it for all the world.

  • Monday 4 January, 2021 at 1:16 pm
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    Happy Belated Birthday! It has been a weird holiday for sure but I have great hopes for 2021. Looks like you had a good Christmas. Wishing you good health and happiness in 2021! #MMBC

    • Friday 8 January, 2021 at 2:25 pm
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      Thank you. I hope you are right about 2021.

  • Monday 4 January, 2021 at 1:24 pm
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    Happy new year and happy belated birthday to you.
    It looks and sounds like you had a great Christmas. It must have been so nice to see some of your family after so long.
    Your dinner looks amazing! It’s always good to when the family help to prepare it. x

    • Friday 8 January, 2021 at 2:26 pm
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      Thank you. It was a surprisingly nice Christmas.

  • Monday 4 January, 2021 at 4:58 pm
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    Aww! Happy belated birthday. It sounds as if your holiday and birthday were very nice.

    • Friday 8 January, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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      Thank you. I had a good time.

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