As sad as I am that we couldn't be with family this year, I have to admit that I do love a cosy Christmas at home, just us four with no packing or travelling. It's how my Christmases always were when I grew up, we had our special traditions like opening stockings on Mum & Dad's bed then breakfast and getting all dressed up before presents from under the tree were opened. So Tier 4 - we're making the most of it!
I set up a fairly minimal (for me) Christmas breakfast table using some of the trees from my "forest" I made last week, all ready to surprise the kids in the morning with their cute new Santa glasses and our old Santa mugs for the VAT of coffee I anticipated we'd need, how right I was!
Christmas Eve was a late one as Kalyan was more excited that he's ever been in his life! We thought he'd finally fallen asleep but he was awake again at 10:30pm (thankfully before Santa had been!) so we had to stay up pretty late before risking eating Santa's mince pie and filling stockings. I then realised I had to charge my camera batteries and clear my memory cards/backup photos before the morning so I went to bed well after midnight.
Of course, despite his late night, he was then up way before dawn at 5:30am!
After the fun of stockings in bed, we managed to drag ourselves downstairs for breakfast which luckily I'd prepared the night before so we just had to bung it in the oven! It's the first time I've made this particular Tear & Share Pastry Christmas Tree and it was DELICIOUS! The kids loved the surprise decorated table and the excitement continued after the got dressed and got to open the giant present Santa had left by the tree...