It’s been a busy few weeks. With Christmas prep and the end of term, several nights out, an early Christmas with The Bloke, a bloggy event that I organised at Organique – my favourite beauty store – Christmas with the family, a 200 mile round-trip and, of course, the new Star Wars film (which was awesome, by the way), I now find myself sitting in my front room surrounded by stuff. The house is an utter mess, I can’t button my jeans up, there’s a random assortment of leftovers in the fridge and freezer, and I have no idea where I’m going to put everything.
Christmas and Boxing Day were great, despite the fact that I had been feeling ill for about a week and was full of snot. My youngest sister and brother-in-law were spending Christmas Day with his family this year (they alternate), so my middle sister and I had dinner at my mum’s house. Despite the fact that there was only three of us, it still turned out to be quite eventful – I got rather drunk on Disaronno and started stealing roast potatoes from my sister’s plate, my mum almost fell off her chair when the legs buckled, and we spent most of it just laughing, which was great. Mum cooked, which she hadn’t done in a number of years, and even though she’ll deny this when asked, I think she secretly really enjoyed it. I was drunk and ridiculously full when we finished, so I fell asleep on the couch for the rest of the afternoon.
Boxing Day was spent at my sister’s house, and for the first time we would all be together with our partners. I had it all planned out – The Bloke, who had spent Christmas with his mum and sister, was going to drive to a retail park not far from my mum’s (which is about a two hour journey), pick me and mum up and then we would direct him to my sister’s house. This may sound complicated, but The Bloke, despite being a good driver, has very little sense of direction, even with a sat nav, so it was more likely that he would find his way there rather than going straight to my mum’s as he’s been there before. I told a little lie to my mum about what time she needed to be ready as it’s guaranteed that she is at least 20 minutes late for everything, so despite the fact that she was ready half-an-hour after the time I gave her, we still had half-an-hour before we needed to leave. All we needed to do was wait for The Bloke to get somewhere close to the retail park. So we waited. And waited. And waited some more. He was stuck in traffic. Eventually, we realised that he wasn’t going to go anywhere for quite a while, so we got a taxi over to my sister’s, and gave him the directions to her house.
Three hours later, he made it. The heavy rain had caused a sinkhole on the motorway, bringing all the traffic to a standstill, and even when he managed to turn off he got lost. I felt really awful for him – a two hour journey had taken over five – and then he had to meet my whole family, some of them for the first time.
My family are not shrinking violets. While other families sit and have intelligent conversation, we shout loudly over each other, drink lots, laugh hysterically and are generally raucous. I wouldn’t have it any other way, being proud of the relationships that we’ve developed in recent years, and by the time The Bloke arrived most of us had already got stuck into the alcohol. My sister had gone to a massive amount of trouble and had cooked an absolutely beautiful meal, and to keep us entertained she had provided us with children’s colouring mats and pencil crayons (it’s a long story, but was the perfect choice). After we had eaten, we played Christmas Bingo and had a music quiz, during which my brother-in-law (who is also a music teacher and plays in a band) and my mum won.
And there, in the corner, was Ian, the Scary Gnome. Ian made an appearance during last year’s Christmas shenanigans, and a decision was made to include him in the family pic at the end of the night. Luckily, he hadn’t gained any friends since last year – there’s a whole collection of scary gnomes at various supermarkets that my sister wanted to get, but I think my brother-in-law jokingly threatened to divorce her if she got any more – but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ian gets a girlfriend next year.
We left reasonably early in the evening – my sister and brother-in-law were flying to Rome the next day and we had to get back as the cat, who is diabetic, needed her insulin injection. I wished we could have stayed longer, but it was great to have everybody together all in the same room. It was also quite amusing to see how much in common all of our partners have – we’ve essentially all ended up in relationships with the same man, just in different packaging. And the three of them get on brilliantly.
It’s taken me a few days to recover, and now I need to start preparing for New Year. The Bloke and I stay in every year, preferring to get a buffet of snacky-treats together and watch a film rather than battle with thousands of others in a club somewhere, so that means we need to do more food shopping.
What about you guys? What’s your plan for New Year?
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Sounds like you had a great time! I wish I had a blogging beauty store event to attend + Disarrono!
ooooh so much Disarrono! I think i’ll be leaving that alone for a while haha!
Glad to see that the only ones who do Christmas sweaters are the silverware and the cat – Christmas sweaters scare me much more than Ian.
and…you all look so happy – fabulous.
Haha! There was a bit of Christmas sweaterage going on but not by everyone this year!
Sounds like a riotous Christmas with loads of fun – just how it should be! I hope you are feeling better now, and ready to ring in the New Year. Like you, I prefer to stay home doing my own thing than being barged about by loads of people!
Im getting there – thanks my lovely! What are you up to on NYE? Any particular thing at home or just vegetating in front of the tv?
Probably just vegging, then no doubt falling asleep before midnight! 🙂
Sounds like you had an amazing time, full of fun, food and laughter. What a long drive for The Bloke! I love the pic of your cat with beanie on. Ian the Scary Gnome sounds hilarious. We’re having a quiet New Year as well – can’t deal with the crowds and I love the idea of starting the New Year on a peaceful note. Enjoy your treats and movie. 🙂
Thanks my lovely! The Gnome is becoming a permanent feature I think unfortunately! Poor cat – she’s tortured bless her! What’s the plan on NYE?
I’m in Oz so it’s tonight and just a quiet one with Hubby and one son and his partner. Hope you have a fabulous New Years.
Thank you! How was it? Did you have a nice time?
Hahaha so much for quiet. My nearly daughter in law stayed up til nearly 4am and drank too much wine, but it was great fun. How was yours?
Oh no haha! My neighbours have regular parties until the early hours… Mine was quiet – went to bed ridiculously early!
Suzie, it is always so much fun to catch up with you via your wonderful blog! Your Christmas shenanigans sounds like a royal HOOT! Happy New Year!!
Aww thanks my lovely – happy new year!
Anytime! May 2016 bless you and The Bloke twice as this year did.
Lovely thing to say – thanks! And ditto!
We have similar family get togethers. Great times.
They certainly are! Glad you had a good time!
My New Year’s plan is to survive this snowstorm so I can see 2016. Then I plan to watch the Notre Dame game as they are playing in the Fiesta Bowl. That’s a big college football game. Real football. 🙂
It will be football if it’s played in Paris… 😉 you see what I did there? 😉
See! At least Dustin got it!
Suzie, I just realized how much you DID to make your Christmas special. That’s key, isn’t it, to make things happen rather than sit around and wait to be entertained. You’ve well earned your holiday joy. 😀
That’s a really nice way of looking at it – thanks Sharon!
Sounds like just how Christmas should be 🙂 Wishing you a very Happy New Year, too xx
and you my lovely- what did you do on NYE?
Oh, I just commented on your post! We did stay up, but mainly because our neighbour’s fireworks were very loud. We’d been into London earlier to visit my very pregnant cousin, then home for dinner and hanging out. Still, it was lovely, and I’m feeling very positive about the New Year so far (early days, I know…)
Oh that’s good – glad you had a good time! And all the best for 2016 – I know it is going to be amazing… Looking forward to seeing you in June!
Thanks Suzie – and I agree, 2016 is going to be amazing! Look forward to seeing you in June too, if not before 🙂 Wishing you a fabulous year xx
Sounds like an amazing Christmas. Myself and my two sisters have picked the three most different blokes in the world,
Haha! I initially thought we did too, but discovered very quickly that they all had the same interests! Do your blokes get on with each other?
As long as politics, religion or football isn’t mentioned we all get on fine,
Haha! Ours all have geek tendencies so the discussions often involve Star Wars and Lego…
We haven’t found anything all three have in common, for example my partner and sister 1’s partner have being geeks, sister 1 and sister 2 have football, sister 2 and my partner have children, so that sort of thing
That must be interesting haha!
It does make for an interesting Christmas, but then is why its so much fun
I’m pleased for you!