So, on the Christmas calendar of 121 (the house hehe): Monday was the big day.
Although our plans to go to Chatsworth or leave Nottingham for the day were ruined by the ominous weather forecasts of rain and dark weather. We had a busy day preparing and organising for the massive Christmas dinner at Danny’s house with the rest of his five housemates and two other guests! After a lazy morning, we headed to Lidl and Sainsburys to purchase all the goodies that go with a Traditional British Christmas meal.
The shopping list included both a chicken and shoulder of pork, brussel sprouts (ergh), german mulled wine (yay), yorkshire puddings, bucks fizz (another yay) and many more things. It reminds me of when I was in Madrid during the run up to Christmas in 2014. The British, compared, seem to prize many more possessions at the dinner table than other cultures. We have Christmas crackers with the cheesy jokes and colourful hats. It is possible that this is just my family and I who “go all out” with the decorations but I love all the Christmas paraphernalia! Paperchains that hang from the ceilings, Christmas tree laden with lights and baubles, tinsel hung everywhere – even in my hair… in this house we also put on a Christmas table cloth and a robin-decorated napkins too!
Upon return we set to re-arrange the lounge and the afternoon hours blurred together. By 7pm, in our fantastic Christmas jumpers and tinsel in our hair, we were just about ready to tuck into the feast.
And a feast it was. We even managed to have a Christmas pudding on fire at the end!
I am so lucky and grateful to the real tenants of 121. Nichola, Connor, Karmen, Bety (& Danny) have been so inclusive and welcoming to me at the house. They are another reason why Nottingham feels like my home and how lucky I am to know them all. Thank you guys (and Desmond) for having both Lisa and I at the Christmas dinner.
(And for letting us put up the tree in late November, ❤ )
All that’s left for me to say is…
Merry Christmas everyone!
Here’s to a New Year and a brilliant 2017. It’s going to be a good one.