This year Paul and I offered to host the Christmas celebrations for the Haigh family in our home in Sheffield. This meant finishing off decorating our living room in record time, hiring a giant table and chairs and buying a massive amount of food!
Paul took to the challenge of cooking for 13 family members with flair deciding to cater for everyone with an exciting menu of festive ham, nut roast for the veggies and homemade soup and bread to start. Paul made everything from scratch including the cranberry sauce! I was in charge of Yorkshire puddings, the toffee apple crumble and table decorations. I went to town decorating place settings even making my own cake truffles as a little favor for everyone.
Once Paul and I had opened our presents in the morning and I had my traditional egg and soldiers for breakfast we cracked open some bucks fizz and set to peeling all the veg which we bought from Castle Markets in Sheffield. Paul had slow cooked his ham and made a marmalade glaze, the meat literally fell apart when it was carved!
The Haighs joined us for some mulled wine with chestnuts before the meal. We decided to draw out people’s competitive spirits with some games for the family to play in teams which included cheese tasting, golf putting and a play off challenge of miniature boules! The lucky winners were Paul’s brother David, his 5 month old daughter Charlotte and his mother in law, Gina!
Our niece Charlotte is so lovely and had a smile for everyone on the day despite our best efforts to embarrass her by dressing her up as a star!
After stuffing ourselves with food we just had time for some fireworks in the garden before it was time to say goodbye and collapse on the sofa with Jasper the cat in front of the TV!
A massive happy Christmas to all our family and friends and all the lovely couples we have met this year, we are looking forward to seeing what 2011 brings.