Christmas is finally here after weeks and weeks of build up. We travelled home today after a weekend with my Knight-in-Shining-Armour’s family. No it’s not a Christmas tradition but a celebration of a family member surviving a major illness this year. They will be partying on all week whilst we are returning to have Christmas at home with my side of the family. I’m looking forward to being able to relax.
||Eating somewhere on the journey home
||Poached salmon, now potatoes & veg
||Traditional Christmas Turkey & trimmings
||Indian Feast – this has become a family tradition with my children who are not keen on too much traditional Christmas fayre.
||French onion soup
Two more Christmas favourites.
By Judith Kerr
Another delightful Mog story from Judith Kerr. Mog is very disconcerted by the disruption of household routines caused by preparations for Christmas and retreats to the roof. A walking, talking tree is the last straw for her and she takes refuge on the roof and refuses to come down. In the end she returns with and unexpected bump. Poignant and funny.
Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers
By Lynley Dodd
I’m a great fan of Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary series. All great stories which play with words and rhymes. Slinky Malinki started as a minor character in Hairy Maclary stories but has now been promoted to having whole books of his own.
Slinky Malinki watches the Christmas tree being decorated and as you would expect he disrupts the proceedings as only he can. “Slinky Malinki, with mischievous glee, crept from the shadows to climb up the tree.” Very funny.
Both simple stories that revolve around the family home familiar to most children. Children love them!
This weekend’s WP photo challenge is Community.
Community : the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common
Yesterday was Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. Our school joined the community of Christmas Jumper Fundraisers. Here is a small selection of our jumpers.
Decorating the tree marks the start of Christmas in this house. Opening the box of decorations is magical. I collect decorations. I’m always on the lookout for them when I visit somewhere new. You’d be surprised where you find them. I have some from places as diverse as Sea World in Florida, the Houses of Parliament in London, the Black Forest and Dingle, the most westerly point in Eire, to name but a few. As I unpack each decoration memories flood back – salt dough decorations made by my pre-school children, a myriad of holidays and trips and even one which was bought with my Mum on what turned out to be out last ever shopping trip though, of course, we didn’t know it at the time.
Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Presents
By John Burningham
This was my son’s favourite story for years – and not just at Christmas time, we read it all year round! I knew it off by heart. What better recommendation could there be?
The story starts with Father Christmas arriving home tired, after delivering his presents, only to find that he has missed one. The present is for Harvey Slumfenburger who lives in a ‘hut on top of the Roly Poly mountain, which is far, far away’. Harvey’s parents are too poor to buy Christmas presents so this is the only present he will get. As one of the reindeers is not well Father Christmas sets off on foot to deliver the last present. The story is about his journey, the many types of transport he uses and the mishaps that befall him.
John Burningham’s cartoons are brilliant – perfect for the story and funny. My son loved them. I now read it to my class of 6 & 7 year olds and they love it just as much.
I can only thank John Burningham for the hours of pleasure he gave us over the years.
This week’s challenge is a 33 word free write.
First tiny door?
Light the first candle.
Decorate the Christmas tree.
Make up a hamper for the Salvation Army.
Carol services and Nativity plays.
I love getting home on Friday evening and closing the door on the working week. For us Christmas began to tiptoe in this week. I received the script for our Christmas Production, we’ve started learning the songs already and the children designed Christmas cards for PTA fundraising. I’ll spend the next few weeks fighting a losing battle to keep the curriculum going but my heart isn’t really in it. I love Christmas and Christmas in a primary school is just magical.
Oophs! Just found this one lurking in the drafts folder – better late than never! Day 18 and its traditional Christmas day trimmings (centre to left of table mat), Brussels sprouts and bread sauce – originally a medieval recipe. We prefer cranberry sauce. This recipe is not too sweet.
250 g fresh cranberries
150 ml vermouth
Add the cranberries, zest and juice of the satsumas, sugar and vermouth into a pan. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes, util berries begin to pop. Leave to cool. The sauce becomes thicker as it cools.
Merry Christmas Everyone! Our family has been slowly establishing new Christmas traditions over the last few years. We now seem to have settled into a pattern. Christmas Day itself is quiet, just me, my Knight in Shining Armour and all the festive trimmings. Boxing Day, with my children and their partners, is much livelier, with presents, games and curry!