A fellow blogger suggested chronicling Christmas as a â€˜day in the lifeâ€™ post, which I thought was a fun idea. So hereâ€™s how I spent Christmas 2011, hour by hour.
10:35 AM â€“ Following a not-so-restful night in my in-lawsâ€™ guest room, I finally actually open my eyes and consider waking up. Listening to the house, I can tell that most of my family is still asleep, although the Husband is missing in action. I check and answer emails and blog comments on my iPhone for a while.
11:00 AM â€“ After a workout, the Husband returns to the guest room, and we exchange gifts. He gave me a poem, and I gave him a love letter. Our anniversary is January 3 so we tend to save the big gifts for that holiday.
11:15 AM â€“ We wander downstairs to discover that my sister-in-law Sophie and mother-in-law Rosalind are prepping breakfast. Sophie has an actual spreadsheet that details the items for every meal this weekend. I check the list and discover weâ€™re having hashbrowns, so I begin to cut potatoes while drinking an orange juice. No presents have yet been unwrapped.
11:25 AM â€“ The potatoes go into a skillet and thereâ€™s nothing else for me to do, so the Hus and I take the dogs for a walk. We talk about how this is our last Christmas as a family of two! Also, probably the last Christmas for ten years that weâ€™ll get to sleep in.
11:45 AM â€“ We return and the kitchen is still a madhouse.
11:50 AM â€“ I ask how long itâ€™s going to take for breakfast and am told weâ€™ve got another 30 minutes. Iâ€™m starting to get faint from hunger so I have a snack â€“ Greek yogurt and a banana.
12:00 PM â€“ I check with the chefs and thereâ€™s still nothing I can do to help, so I take a shower and get dressed.
12:30 PM â€“ Yipppeee! Breakfast time. Guess this is more like lunch now. Sophie and Rosalind made scrambled eggs, homemade Hollandaise sauce, spinach, mushrooms, and hashbrowns. Worth the wait.
1:30 PM â€“ We decide to open presents. We do a Secret Santa exchange every year to help reduce the financial burden of the holidays. I bought a gift for my father-in-law and received a gift from my mother-in-law. Even the doggies get presents!
2:30 PM â€“ My brother-in-law and his girlfriend arrive. Yay! They drove up from Florida. We all go for a walk together.
The dogs come, too. Between all the relatives, there are five dogs and three cats in the house.
4:00 PM â€“ I heat up leftovers for my brother-in-lawâ€™s girlfriend and myself. No one else seems hungry except for us! On the menu: veggie bake and salad.
4:30 PM â€“ I decide to take a nap. It is glorious.
5:30 PM â€“ The Husband wakes me up to say that the starter is being served for Christmas dinner. It is a lovely carrot, lemongrass, and ginger soup.
5:40 PM â€“ While eating dinner, we begin to play a Murder Mystery Game. Everyone has a part and a script. No one knows who the killer is and we must act out our roles to discover who the culprit is. I play a guy named Ralph Rottinggrape. The Husband plays a German businessman and does a horribly awesome and over-the-top accent. Everyone is laughing through dinner.
6:40 PM â€“ I help bring out dinner. Sophie has prepared a huge spread similar to Thanksgiving. I have seconds of everything, especially the roasted potatoes. We continue to act out our roles in the Murder Mystery and then take a break to discuss possible baby names if our baby is a boy (we have a girlâ€™s name already). We also do Christmas Crackers again, put on our paper crowns, and read the jokes aloud to everyone else.
7:30 PM â€“ I clear the table and help start the dishes. I pour dirty dish water all down the front of my shirt (whyyyyy).
8:15 PM â€“ We go into the living room to finish the Murder Mystery Game. I was NOT the murderer, although I was an unwitting accompliceâ€¦
Meanwhile, I eat my weight in After Eight chocolates.
And nowâ€¦ it is 9:30 PM on Christmas, and the family is winding down. Some people are in bed, others are playing drinking games. Thereâ€™s pie warming in the oven, though, and thatâ€™s my next stop â€“ DESSERT!
What did you do on Christmas 2011?