I hope that you’re all having a lovely day (although I have no idea when people will get the chance to read this! Ha!).

My Christmas Day always starts off with my waking up like a kid on Christmas morning. Well… it is Christmas morning, but unfortunately, I am no longer a kid! However, I still get ridiculously excited!

I try not to wake my parents up, too early. As an adult, I now understand the value of sleep, and Christmas Day is always a long but exciting day for us. So, we tend to get up at around 9 or 9:30 AM. The house already smells of Christmas dinner, as the oven was started, a few hours ago (with the turkey in it).

Once downstairs, mum checks on the turkey while I feed Denver, and dad finds something to watch on TV. We then have something with NO cooking involved for our breakfast. Last year, I took croissants with me for breakfast – simple but satisfying.

My brother and his wife turn up at about 10 AM, at which point we open up our presents. Denver gets unbelievably excited with how much wrapping paper there is, all over the house, and makes more of a mess (which is standard for him, let’s face it!).

Once our presents are opened up, my brother and his wife leave to go and have some breakfast with her mum. At which point, I help my mum in the kitchen with prepping Christmas Dinner while my dad tidies the living room up and tries (and fails) to settle Denver down! Depending on the weather, my dad will then take Denver out for a walk.

At around 12:30 PM, my brother and his wife come back to my parents’ home and we sit down for dinner, sometime between 1 and 1:30 PM. Christmas dinner is my favourite! We have a prawn cocktail (pate for my brother and his wife), followed by a Christmas dinner of – turkey, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted chestnuts, sprouts, carrots, broccoli, stuffing, gravy, pigs-in-blankets, and Yorkshire puddings (if my brother gets his way!). We finish off with Christmas pudding (with Baileys Irish Cream), but it’s toffee chocolate chip cake for me (I’m not a fan of Christmas pudding!).

Once we’ve finished our dinner, we all help to clear the kitchen up. Mum will usually go up for a lie-down (for about half-an-hour) at this point, while the rest of us watch a bit of Christmas TV.

When mum comes back down, I help her to prep the feast that will be the evening buffet. Ever since I can remember, my family have always come to my parents’ house on Christmas Day evening. Mum always puts out a buffet, and we have drinks, we open presents, and we all catch-up with each other. This is my favourite part of the day!

I don’t get to see my cousins, often due to life’s commitments, but Christmas Day is the one day of the year when I can guarantee that I will see them… and I love it! We always end up playing Cards Against Humanity in the kitchen. My grandparents always want to come and play, too while not realising the nature of the game! My mum’s best friend and next-door neighbour will usually come around, as well, and she’s often the last to leave, too… Yes, Kath, I’m talking to you, lovely!

My Christmas Day is always filled with happiness, smiles, lots of Christmas smells, gratitude, family plus friends, and is my favourite day of the year!

I hope that your Christmas Day has been beautiful and that you’ve had the best day!

A THANK YOU to all… and to all – a GOOD NIGHT! Xoxo

P.S.: By the way – I’m not really religious, but I do respect the fact that the birth of Christ is the reason behind this whole beautiful season of Christmas.