25th December ~ Christmas Day Means Dinner!


Christmas Dinner trimmings england apple sauce sausage roast turkey carrots sprouts gravy traditional british dinner lunch


At least, it was… *sob*

Don’t you hate how quickly this day always passes?

7-noon consisted of morning mass wearing Christmas jumpers, present opening marked by the sea of wrapping paper that was left strewn all over the carpet, before un joyeux visit over to les grand-padres after a sunshine infused breakfast of eggs and white chocolate spread. Nothing has changed, and we are still the same bunch of extremely early risers who can only manage to resist nibbling away on all of our new Christmas chocolates/marzipan logs until 10am, max.

And hey, apparently, your (not so) baby bro also really likes his new cardigan when he’s unwrapped it and, (after a prolonged silence), says “Hm, I actually really like it” on repeat, rather than just saying thank you and giving you the obligatory sibling hug so you can move swiftly on and not have to ponder over why he sounds so surprised that he ‘actually’ likes it…

Brother christmas jumper opening presents christmas day


Meanwhile, if your other brother has decided to inform you beforehand that he would please not like to have his new checked shirt wrapped because he wants to wear it to church first thing in the morning, yet still wonders why he hasn’t got anything more to open from you – then underneath, he’s probably pretty chuffed with his gift too. Lolz I don’t understand #boys.

We also managed to make mum cry within her first 5 minutes of unwrapping. Miraculously, it wasn’t even my *skilfully* terrible wrapping skills which set her off – she just really, really loved the photo album that the three of us sibs put together for her. Like srsly; WOW, because oh my days, we’ve finally managed to perfect a present that mum actually likes/doesn’t want to return to the store within the next 28 days. The tears scream success! Although she did end up crying again later for real, thanks to some cute scenes from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (courtesy of Channel 4). #WhatElse…


But hey, how about the highlight of today? Let’s not pretend that we don’t all spend like, 364 days of the year getting excited about the special feast beholden by the 25th

This is a food blog after all…

Christmas Dinner: 

Crispy potatoes

Roast Christmas Dinner Crispy Potatoes Fluffy England British Xmas lunch turkye with trimmings Dinner

Both roasted and sweet;

Roast Christmas Dinner Crispy Potatoes Fluffy England British Xmas lunch turkye with trimmings Dinner sweet potato honey maple cinnamon

Parsnips and honey,

Roast Christmas Dinner Crispy Potatoes Fluffy England British Xmas lunch turkye with trimmings Dinner parsnips and honey

With plenty of meat:

Roast Christmas Dinner Crispy Potatoes Fluffy England British Xmas lunch turkye with trimmings Dinner meat sausages

Sprouts and cabbage

Roast Christmas Dinner Crispy Potatoes Fluffy England British Xmas lunch turkye with trimmings Dinner

With carrots too,

Bacon and puddings;

Roast Christmas Dinner Crispy Potatoes Fluffy England British Xmas lunch turkye with trimmings Dinner yorkshire puddings puds toad in the hole

…More than a few.


Our priest made us do it. Mass ended today in its usual way:

“Everything in moderation…Especially moderation…”

Soooo, did anyone else spend the evening plugged into the Christmas day film scene, whilst laying horizontally in some next level food coma + trying not to think about dessert? Lolllllllllllll. Don’t leave me hanging here! Let’s not mention the syrup sponge and ice cream and cheesecake and custard… We like our puddings to be served buffet style.

Aside from all of the food, family, love, and cyber exchanges with my bff today – other highlights definitely catching Ed Sheeran performing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ on telly (FAV SONG ALERT), enjoying something hilarious happening every hour of the day, and seeing how everyone else was eating/celebrating through Instagram etc… It is truly mystifying how so many millions of people from anywhere and everywhere all over the world are all sitting down for the same single feast at round about the same time on this day!  Why does it ever have to be over?!

There is always so much to be thankful for. Christmas is a time for reflection; past and future. We remember how different things once were, or could have been. Sometimes I can’t help but think about how different future Christmases may just be once life has moved itself on and displaced us all, whether for better or for worse.


So here’s to another happy new year; I hope you all sleep well and don’t skimp out on tomorrow’s leftovers 😉

What were your highlights? What was on your dinner table today?


panda earmuffs

  • http://meandmr.com Melanie

    These pictures are great! it looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  • http://suzysocialworkermeetsbettycrocker.blogspot.com/ marci Johnson

    Merry Christmas!! Your feast looks amazing. We had breakfast casserole, french toast casserole, fruit, coffee cake and ham. And then nibbled on everything all afternoon.
    P.S. I love your brother’s sweater!!!!

  • http://simplysouthernstacie.org Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Looks like your had a great Christmas!! And your panda ear muffs are too cute!

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    Omg the food looks sooo good! Glad you had a nice Christmas!


  • http://skinnedcartree.com Corinne

    I came here for lovely posts of Christmas food and was not disappointed!

    That photo album is lovely, glad you managed to perfect a present for Mum, I can see why she was so taken back by it :)

    Corinne x

  • http://www.jasmincharlotte.com Jasmin Charlotte

    Aw looks like you had a fab day!! Yummy food too. My Christmas was a bit of a fail as I was really ill so spent the day horizontal whilst I slept! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • http://www.foodieforce.co.uk Lucy

    Lovely Christmas pictures it looks like you had a great day. I love your panda earmuffs. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year Lucy x

  • http://www.savorthebaking.com Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    The photo album was a great gift for your Mom and those roasted potatoes look delicious. Those were some great memories created at Christmas.

  • http://www.truefemme.com Alex @ True Femme

    Everything looks amazing! And it sounds like you had a fun day! I hope you have an amazing New Year’s Eve! xo

  • http://www.inspirationkitchen.com Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    OMGosh Tash! This looks fabulous! I wanted to stop by today to wish you a Happy New Year! Here’s looking forward to wonderful things for you and your family in 2015!

  • http://www.theperfectionist.co.uk Natasha

    Your Christmas looks wonderful and adorable and everything Christmas should be!

  • http://www.glutenfreehappytummy.com Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    wow everything looks incredible!

  • http://jessicainthekitchen.com Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen

    I hope you had a Merry Christmas!! Everything looks amazing!

  • https://tastetingle.wordpress.com/ Lauren

    This looks like such a delicious feast! X