This Christmas was definitely a very special one having Georgie in our lives even though he was more fascinated by the wrapping paper and sparkly lights (and loads of attention.)
On Sunday evening, Christmas Eve, we went to the Davel’s for our annual Christmas Eve dinner. It’s always so festive. Last year, Kim’s little girls (Sox’s Goddaughter) Sloane and Charlie were the only children… Kim’s sister Michelle was 8 months pregnant with Emma and I was 12 weeks pregnant with George. Last Christmas Eve we all wondered what it would be like the following year and I can tell you it was magical.
Sloane is 3 and a half, Charlie is 18 months, Emma is 11 months and George is 6 months. Michelle is pregnant again, so next year we will have another baby to add to the mix! Christmas really is extra special thanks to children.
Gorgeous sisters/cousins in their matching Christmas sparkles
Sloane was beside herself as she patiently waited for us to all gather around the Christmas tree and open gifts. She helped hand them out and helped the youngest (Emma and George) open their gifts.
After all the spoils and excitement, we sat down for the delicious dinner prepared.
I was in charge of bringing dessert, so I brought the Greek biscuits (Kourabiedis) that my mom in law, Dimitra taught me how to make as well as a fun rainbow cake!
Positively stuffed and happy!
On Christmas morning, I woke up before everyone to express breastmilk. Georgie woke up at around 06h00 and I took him from his cot, changed his nappy, gave him the bottle of breastmilk. I put Christmas music on and we went to make tea (for me) and coffee (for Dad) and cut my traditional Stollen cake. We opened the packet of Lebkuchen biscuits too. I decided to cheat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from my Baby Weight Loss Mission.
While we nibbled, we sat by the tree and shared our gifts.
I absolutely love how adorable this was…. look at George’s “writing” on the gift label. Well played Sox!
We all got thoroughly spoiled and I just loved how George crinkled all the wrapping paper. We couldn’t lounge around too much – this year we were hosting Christmas lunch.
Dimitra arrived with the Gammon…
I popped orange sweet potatoes, pumpkin and butternut into the oven to roast (olive oil and a crack of black pepper and salt) and prepared a Greek salad; while Sox prepared the Souvla machine for the chicken, lamb and pork. If you’ve never had souvla before, you are missing out! The meat is so tender and succulent and the skin crispy! Pork crackling for the win!
For dessert we aimed to be healthy and light and offered fresh, juicy strawberries, raspberries and cherries with whipped cream (it all got eaten up before I could take a photo.)
Georgie absolutely loved being the centre of attention. His cousins played with him, while we were in the kitchen!
After lunch we gathered by the tree and opened up presents, while coffee and tea was on offer. It was so lovely to just listen to Christmas music, chat and quite literally be merry!
Christmas 2017 was such a good one – no drama, lots of good food, great company and love!
Christmas… a tiring affair!