Sunday 27 December 2015

Christmas day reflections and food

Christmas day is over for another year.  Today we are relaxing after the merriment and mayhem.  Which means I have time to sort some photos and share them with you.

Christmas eve was a day of baking and last minute present wrapping.  In the evening we had a simple supper of dips, bikkies, crudites, bikkies and pitas with melted cheese.

Christmas morning we opened presents, shared a breakfast of cranberry nut rolls, Jarlsberg cheese and orange juice.  Then we drove to Geelong for the mayhem of opening presents at my parents' house.
Then it was time to play a round of Logo board game and set the table.

We ate a hearty roast dinner for lunch.  I made my annual Christmas nut roast.  It was served with roast potatoes, pumpkin and carrots, peas, cauliflower cheese and cranberry sauce.  So good!

My mum made plum pudding with custard for dessert.  We also had pavlova and chocolate cheesecake.

There were bottle of drink on offer but I was most intrigued by this limited edition Lemonade with citrus and cucumber!  It was rather nice, old chap.

A stray ant or two drooling over the gingerbread house made it urgent that we pound the life out of it.  Well I thought someone might break a hole in it with a spoon but it really was reduced to smithereens.  My dad even thought it needed a mallet from the tool cupboard.

The afternoon was spent trying to read my book and keep cool indoors while it was like an oven outside.  [We heard the news reports of fires down the Great Ocean Road and knew we were lucky to be celebrating Christmas in our homes.]  The evening was a simple matter of leftover nut roast and the royal variety show.

When the evening got dark we headed into Geelong city to see the floating Christmas tree and the light show on the town hall.

Boxing Day was lots more good food (mmm salads, panforte, caramel tart) and family visits.  We didn't spend quite as long with family as we had intended because E and I had booked to go to see the new Star Wars movie.  The film was fantastic fun with lots of nostalgia, action, suspense, good versus bad and such a cute wee droid.

We were given lots of lovely presents.  Here is a selection.  Lots of holiday amusements and Scottish presents.

Lots of foodie presents.  My mum was in Dublin and Paris before Christmas so we were fortunate to have her doing some Christmas shopping for us in foreign shops.

Sylvia was well and truly spoiled.

And finally we have been doing some Christmas reading.

I hope you had a great Christmas and are enjoying the holidays!


  1. thank goodness the temperature dropped for Boxing Day! What lovely gifts you got-- Paris, Dublin! The nut roast looks delicious as always!

    1. Thanks Faye - amen to cooler days in summer - though it is going to be a scorcher for new years

  2. Sounds like you all had a delicious and fun time and a very nice present haul. I haven't opened all of mine yet! I don't know why! :D

    1. Thanks Lorriane - that is strange that you haven't opened all yours but maybe there is just too much :-)

  3. Happy Christmas Johanna - it looks like you had a lovely day and I'm relieved you weren't directly affected by the fires. I love that the cranberry nut rolls have stuck in your Christmas routine too!

    I'm hoping to see the Star Wars film - glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks Kari - we are not in areas likely to have fires but I am still grateful we don't have to contend with them - and hope you enjoy star wars

  4. The floating Christmas tree is very intriguing! Your Christmas celebrations are wonderful to witness through your blog!

    best... mae at

  5. love the gingerbread house and the plum pudding!

  6. Thanks everyone for your christmas wishes

  7. WOW! The floating Christmas Tree and the lighted town hall are super cool =)
    Your lunch sounds (and looks!) super amazing!
    Do you guys have Boxing Day? We have it in Canada, not in the US. I didn't realize other countries had it as well.
    Sylvia's gifts look fun.
    You saw Star Wars huh? My husband really wants me to go see it with him. I suppose I should.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family Johanna =)


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