So where did I leave off? Christmas tradition #1 was when we decorated the tree (here) and #2, 3, 4, and 5 were from Christmas Eve day (here), which leaves us at Christmas traditions #6, 7, and 8 from Christmas day itself.
Christmas tradition #6
We wake up to over-stuffed stockings lined up along the sofa because they are far too full of goodies to hang from the mantel. They are crammed with chocolate, an orange in the toe, and this year with specialty beers for everyone - except me as I prefer magazines to beer. It was the first year that everyone has taken to liking beer so it was pretty much of a party on the sofa. Note the brown bottle in the middle of the sofa - that was a bottle of mead that I bought for my son and was a big hit.
Christmas tradition #7
After the gifts are opened we have our Christmas lunch that we look forward to all year with special breads and cheeses and sandwich meats and pickles and relishes ... mmmm! There are Christmas crackers with funny hats and the dishes I bought at Loblaws and the festive red and pink tablecloth I bought in Bangladesh.
Christmas tradition #8
Then in the evening we go to my aunt and uncle's house for dinner along with many of my extended family. There are often 25 or 30 of us there. We eat a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding for dessert which my aunt always lights on fire. After dinner we have a ruthless gift exchange complete with stealing the best gifts followed by a magic show as my uncle is a lawyer-cum-magician. We always marvel over the magic tricks and try to guess how he does them even though we have seen some of the tricks many times.
By the end of Christmas day we are all tired and spend Boxing Day relaxing, reading, watching TV, and eating. We've pretty much been doing that since Christmas day and now our house is a mess and we need to stop with the cookies and start with the vegetables. Do you take a break after Christmas and spend time relaxing and dare I say it, indulging?