Christmas Day With The Philipp Family … Mega Presents … Great Food … & Fun With Family …

Hey everyone … I know its been almost 3 weeks since Christmas Day … (it actually feels like it was months ago rather than weeks) … but I have finally gotten round to posting the pictures from that day … Perry and I were with his family for Christmas this year … his Granny, Uncle Steve and Auntie Sue along with their families had come down on Christmas Eve … and Vicky’s boyfriend Chris joined us for Christmas Dinner as well … all in all there were 15 of us milling around the place …

It had actually been a while since I had been part of such a busy Christmas … and even longer since I’d had a Christmas day with small children around … I had a great time and it was so much fun to see everyone after so long …

There had been really bad weather across the country in the run up to Christmas and the area where Perry’s family live was particularly badly hit … his parents only lost their phone and internet … but there were other families only a couple roads over who had lost their electricity that week … so we were lucky we got to have Christmas dinner šŸ™‚

We stayed at his sister Vicky’s new home … with everyone else staying at his parents there was no more space for us … we got up in the morning and opened our Stockings in bed …

_MG_3985-1We went in to say good morning to Vicky and Chris … only to find Vicky in bed with mountains of gifts at her feet … she and Chris got an early start on present opening that morning …

_MG_3987-1Perry and I got dressed and made our way over to his Parents for breakfast … when we got there everyone was still in the midst of getting ready and having something to eat … thankfully the kids were able to stay away from the presents long enough for me to get a photo of the tree with all the presents piled up underneath …

Christmas Presents -1Perry relocating Tiggy …

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The Christmas Chocolate Log Perry makes every year … he even told me off when I tried to help him make the icing … apparently this was his domain and I was to leave him too it … it turned out great in the end and was very yummy when we finally got to eat it …

_MG_3993-1Perry and I were given these amazing Christmas Jumpers by my Mum as an early fun Christmas present … it was funny actually cause I had spoken to Perry about getting Christmas jumpers to wear on Christmas Day … but he didn’t seem to fond of the idea … thankfully my mum managed to get something he didn’t actually mind wearing so I didn’t have to try and convince him too hard … and I’m clearly working on my Crazy Cat Lady persona …

_MG_4135-1We hung out with the family in the morning … especially with Perry’s Granny and cousins

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Later around mid-morning the family all piled into a couple cars and made our way to the local Church for the Christmas Day service … it was actually a lot of fun with plenty of carols and such … I hadn’t ever been to a Christmas Day Church service before so was interested to see what it was like …

_MG_4090-1 _MG_4082-1 _MG_4091-1I took so many pictures of Tiggy that morning … I think I was really missing our boys by this point … that and Tiggy was more friendly with me this visit than any previous time I’ve seen her …

_MG_4056-1 _MG_4100-1_MG_4145-1She was even sure to stake her claim at the dinner table early …

_MG_4129-1 _MG_4141-1More photos of everyone just hanging out in the living room …

_MG_4106-1 _MG_4119-1 _MG_4147-1 _MG_4168-1 _MG_4175-1The table was set and looked great …

_MG_4152-1Pat was getting on well with the Turkey …

_MG_4158-1And Vicky and I were put on Present sorting duty … we ended up pulling everything out from under the tree and dividing up the gifts by families first … and then sub dividing each family’s pile by person … I loved doing this … (if you hadn’t already noticed I love organising things) …

_MG_4181-1 _MG_4186-1After all this Chloe even handily pointed out which present she was most looking forward to opening …

_MG_4185-1We ended up doing the present opening in phases … there were too many people to all fit in the conservatory around the tree … and not enough space in the living room either for all the gifts and people … so we moved Perry’s Uncle Steve’s family presents and Auntie Sue’s family presents into the living room to be opened in the first batch …

_MG_4188-1 _MG_4278-1_MG_4196-1Vicky and her boyfriend Chris joined us in time for Present opening before Lunch …

_MG_4206-1Harlan was pretty chuffed with his Bat Mug … Comic Book Monopoly set … as well as his rather scary (but blunt) Axe … there was also an accompanying set of swords with that …

_MG_4217-1 _MG_4253-1 _MG_4274-1Chloe didn’t waste anytime getting stuck in either …

_MG_4231-1 _MG_4284-1 _MG_4241-1 _MG_4287-1Perry helped out Sophie with some of her presents …

_MG_4301-1A few of Granny opening her presents too …

_MG_4316-1 _MG_4321-1Tiggy didn’t seem too bothered by all the presents being opened …

_MG_4178-1Steve had decided to dress up as Santa … but managed to scare Sophie in the process and left Chloe a little wary …

_MG_4326-1 _MG_4328-1By this time Christmas Dinner was ready and we all headed for the Conservatory for food … there was so much to eat and plenty of food for everyone … Crackers were popped … wine was drunk … and we even played a round of Crimbo Bingo …

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Following food … once we were all suitably stuffed … and tables were cleared … the rest of us got to opening our gifts in the Conservatory …

_MG_4411-1 _MG_4415-1We even got to get a lovely group shot of the six of us before we all really got into the present unwrapping …

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_MG_4428-1Perry even got to use Harlan’s gift to help him open one of his own …

_MG_4435-1_MG_4437-1I loved my Joseph and Joseph set of stacking coloured bowls from my Mum … been having my eye on these for ages … already been using them loads too!

_MG_4451-1_MG_4461-1 _MG_4466-1 _MG_4471-1 _MG_4481-1 _MG_4484-1Perry with his love of Fudge … there were quite a few funny face photos to choose from so it was hard to just pick one …

_MG_4491-1 _MG_4494-1His love of Dairy Milk was also heavily indulged this year …

_MG_4500-1Patrick was also really excited with his new garden tools …

_MG_4515-1 _MG_4518-1_MG_4523-1I loved my new earrings from my Mum … as well as all the other presents from Perry’s family … including this adorable little Pug faced Makeup bag …

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Everyone seemed to be really happy with their presents this year … Perry and I sure got more than we had bargained for … I know everything I got was perfect too …

_MG_4546-1Perry’s Granny playing along with Chloe in the living room …

As the afternoon moved into the evening we all just relaxed a little … Perry and I went back to Vicky’s home for a little to rest and get ourselves a little sorted before heading back to his parents for the evening … dinner that evening was a lovely array of cheeses … cold meats … pickles and vegetables …

20131226-080604.jpgAll in all we had a brilliant Christmas Day …Ā even though I did miss seeing my family and spending the day with them …Ā it was such a pleasure to spend it with Perry’s family this year … and it was fun to see and experience Christmas from their side …

This is the last of our posts from our time in the UK … Next time I’ll have the first of our photo posts from the Hong Kong / Macau leg of our holiday …

Till next time …

Mina X

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