FIRST TIME DOING CHRISTMAS DINNER
This year was the first time my mum & I have done Christmas dinner. It was definitely an experience.
The past couple of months we've been getting a new kitchen fitted, which has been an absolute nightmare! The fitters hardly turned up and a lot of the kitchen appliances were either the wrong order or didn't arrive. The place we ordered from went out of business after we placed our order so a lot of what we wanted was then out of stock. If we'd know this before we ordered we would of obviously used a different company.
The kitchen tiles were finally completed on christmas eve, so we could start the preparation for the next day and cook the turkey. There was a massive amount of cleaning to get done before christmas day due to the work that was going on, so we had to get stared right away. Once the clean up was finished, my mum and I stayed up till 1am just watching TV, talking, laughing and planning every last detail for the next day.
When Christmas day finally arrived, we got up early and got to work on the starters, then the veg, the potatoes, gravy, yorkshire puddings and stuffing. I then went to get ready and put on my christmas 'Bar Hum Bug' top, when people started arriving. I rushed down the stairs to be greeted by a room full of familiar faces, all flushed from the cold and their coats soaked from the rain. The family then sat down, had some drinks and talked- while my mum and I put the finishing touches to the starters. With the table laid, crackers placed and drinks waiting, everyone took their seats ready to eat. Everyone liked the starters and some even asked for seconds.
The main course went down with only one little hiccup... we forgot to put potatoes on one family member's plate. Everyone was whispering about it and didn't want to tell us but we caught on eventually and added the potatoes. Considering what we expected to happen- burning the dinner, spillages etc- we did pretty well.
The dessert was what went wrong. After everyone finished the main course we went to do the christmas pudding, but then realised it took either 2 hours to steam or 21 minutes to microwave... so we microwaved it. Running round frantically, my mum made sure to give everyone more than enough mince pies, bakewell tarts, fairy cakes and a backup berry cheese cake to try and mask the christmas pudding delay. When 21 minutes were finally up my mum took the christmas pudding out of the microwave-not without burning herself, christmas pudding gets hot- and we dished it out to whoever wanted some. But while eating the pudding we noticed it looked kind of burnt... oh well, no one mentioned it.
After our christmas dinner we opened our presents. I received some wonderful gifts and loved seeing peoples faces light up when opening theirs. To me that is one of the best parts of christmas, seeing your loved ones smile at something you got them, whether it's something sentimental or material it shows them you were thinking about them and wanted to make them happy this christmas.
Some family members stayed till late and we played games, drank hot chocolate (with loads of cream & marshmallows), reminisced and laughed all night long.
I hope you had a very happy christmas!
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