The day started off very well with bacon butties and buzz fizz for me, Jo, Dave Bro, Auntie Karen and Mum (@mrs_ordinary). After raising a toast to Dad, we set about opening our presents and for once I didn't get any duffs!! (joking!) - its fair to say we all did very well and we should all be grateful that we have such brilliantly generous friends and family.
|Christmas morning en famille|
|"this is better than diamonds" - bless!|
So at 2pm on Christmas Day, we arrived at Broad Eaves for great conversation, outstanding eating and drinking, followed by the traditional (and best!) part of the day - the sing-a-long led by Dave Bro and Auntie Karen who are the stars of the show with an outstanding support act.....
|Us with me in my Christmas jumper - thanks Jo!|
|Shereef with a gift from his cousins, Nadine and Kareem|
|Rafeek and Auntie Karen|
|Two chefs! - Noonie & Andre|
|Rafeek with his prized sweet potato|
|The beautiful Christmas table to sit 25|
|Dave Bro and Annie who is a Christmas Day veteran!|
|Stephie with a lovely smile|
|Where it all began!|
|Kareem and Ryan - the cheese man!|
|Jo, Shereef and I later in the evening|
|The best hosts in town! Thanks as ever x|
|Posh prawn cocktail|
|Smoked salmon & salmon mousse|
|Hot smoked salmon|
|Turkey with the pigs!|
|Aerial table shot|
|My first plate|
|Stephie's Christmas Cake|
|Barbara's Chocolate Sable|
|Barbara's mince pies|
|Liz's Downton Abbey Christmas pud|
|Serenne with Jo's amazing glittery Spruced Up Vanilla Cake|
After the cheese comes the sing-a-long with Dave Bro and Auntie Karen taking centre stage with their voices and guitars, and the rest of us forming the backing group. The day wouldn't be complete without the singing and it goes on until the early hours with the boozing and celebrations continuing to flow.....Jo and I headed home at 12.30 and left the other to carry on until 3am!
A million thanks again to Raf and Amira for their hospitality and I very much look forward to the tradition continuing for the next 27 years!!! Joe x
Ps. I wasn't able to get photos of everyone (the day went so quick and I got to drunk) so apologies if you have gone without a mention - there is always 2013!!