Monday, December 31, 2012

a christmas feast with friends.

Baby Lachlan's first Christmas! Whooo hooo!

I would love to say it was amazing to watch the gleam in his eyes when he first saw that Santa had been there or the excitement he showed over the beautiful gifts... but let's be honest. He had no idea what was going on. At 7.5 weeks old, Christmas morning is just like any other but that didn't mean his momma and daddy weren't excited!!

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Lachlan spent Christmas morning playing on his activity mat with his "friends" (he seems to like the Lion the most these days) while the rest of us opened gifts.

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By the time the last gift had been opened, this little elf was passed out cold.

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Some of the pressies Santa brought this year.

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After all of the gifts were open and the wrapping paper cleaned up, I went straight to work on the decorations and food prep for our Christmas afternoon feast with family and friends.

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The day after Christmas last year, I went on a little Christmas supply shopping spree and picked up some supplies for just a fraction of the price and was able to use all of these supplies this year instead of going out and paying full price for everything.

I picked up these cute little ornaments for half price, wrote each person's name and year on them and used them as place cards for our Christmas lunch. After lunch everyone was able to take them home and hang them on their trees as a reminder of this year's Christmas lunch at the de Baugy's :)

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We split up the cooking duties and lunch menu included:

roast turkey and pork with gravy...

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roasted veggies (potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, onion and garlic)...

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corn and green bean casserole (recipe coming soon!)...

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prosciutto and goat cheese wrapped asparagus...

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and bread rolls!

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With a champagne toast and bon-bons, the meal was complete!

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It was a feast indeed!

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But of course no holiday meal is complete without dessert- chocolate cake, ice cream and trifle.

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Bon-Bons: An Aussie Christmas tradition! and the reason we are wearing these paper hats (see explanation below).

Crackers are typically pulled at the Christmas dinner table or at parties. In one version of the cracker tradition, the person with the larger portion of cracker empties the contents from the tube and keeps them. In another each person will have their own cracker and will keep its contents regardless of whose end they were in. Typically these contents are a coloured paper hat; a small toy, small plastic model or other trinket and a motto, a joke, a riddle or piece of trivia on a small strip of paper.[3] The paper hats, with the appearance of crowns, are usually worn when eating Christmas dinner. The tradition of wearing festive hats is believed to date back to Roman times, and the Saturnalia celebrations, which also involved decorative headgear. (source)

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It was a perfect Christmas day and wonderful way to end such a big year!

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