With my daughter...and members of her family: mother, uncle, grandfather and step-grandmother.
In Germany, Christmas Eve is celebrated with an evening meal usually consisting of a potato salad and wiener-wurstchen sausages.
After dinner, I took Amy for a short walk...itÂ´s around 7 p.m. so of course itÂ´s dark. Our "task" is to try to spot SantaÂ´s sleigh wooshing through the sky, low over the roof tops. We actually caught a glimpse of him 2 years ago when she was still only 6 or 7...sheÂ´s 9 now so Santa is becoming much more elusive!
We go back into the house and the presents are shared from under the Christmas tree...including those in a sack that the jolly man dropped off while we were out...as you can see, Amy did quite well.
Christmas day: The obligatory visit to the grandparents...in a village in a forest about 30km away...nice place actually. Lunch is The Feast: roast goose, potato dumplings and pickled red cabbage, with a couple of New Zealand wines, followed by ice-cream and coffee. Burp!
Boxing day: We decided to be a bit different this time and have a barbeque outside...sort-of outside. We used the uncleÂ´s workshop...cleared aside drill-presses and motor bikes in various stages of restoration, covered some of the not-so-politically correct posters, and set up a couple of tables. We had a zucchini soup for starters, and an extra good potato salad with lots of steak, lamb and sausages, and penguins made from olives...!
I usually take a friendÂ´s huskies for runs during this period of the year, but one recently died, and one of the two in the attached picture is sick...so, with no snow around itÂ´s not much fun for them at the moment.
In the evening we had a traditional English Christmas pudding...it was the end...we could hardly move :eek: