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What does Christmas Day look like when there are no children?

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december12 Wed 10-Dec-14 13:27:57

Children older now, presents getting smaller and more expensive and we haven't really bought for adults for years, so the present opening really won't take very long and there won't be any toys that need building, puzzles to make, games to pay.

What happens after the (few) presents?

Mumraathenoisylion Wed 10-Dec-14 13:30:01

TV specials
Chatting without being interrupted?

I'm just guessing....sounds good though.

trilbydoll Wed 10-Dec-14 13:31:51

Reading new books, tv, cooking, just lying around doing nothing grin a proper lazy day without feeling guilty that you should be doing something else.

IssyStark Wed 10-Dec-14 13:32:05

Games, alcohol, films, walk (if the weather is good), telly, reading, napping and food, lots of food.

RonaldMcFartNuggets Wed 10-Dec-14 13:32:55

Sounds great fenvy

MyrnaLoy Wed 10-Dec-14 13:35:18

We go for a walk and have a christmas picnic including christmas crackers and a bottle of champagne. (This is partly possible because we live in the country and can just stagger home - no car involved). It requires excellent thermals and, obviously, works better when the weather cooperates. I can definitely state that hats from crackers perch very oddly (and precariously) on top of thermal walking hats.

Then talking, laughing, watching a film maybe, happy sex....

It's a good day.

FurryDogMother Wed 10-Dec-14 13:53:49

Just Dad (87) and me this year, so...

Me: Wake up, get up, have large coffee. Open presents (if any). First drink (Buck's Fizz). Cook breakfast of scrambled egg and smoked salmon. More Buck's Fizz. Get dressed. Turkey goes in oven, spuds peeled, sprouts prepared, ditto parsnips and stuffing etc. Open white wine. Check Facebook and email. Drink white wine. Examine turkey progress. More wine. Do half-time washing up so there's not a lot left after dinner. More internet. More wine. Consider a pre-prandial cocktail. Make cocktail, take pictures of it and post to Facebook. Drink cocktail. Open red wine. Serve dinner, take pictures of dinner, post to Facebook. Eat dinner. Drink wine. Watch The Queen. Have doze. Wake up, have large mug of tea. Open dessert wine and have some, with Xmas pudding. Take cheese out of fridge so it comes to room temperature. Take pics of cheese and post to Facebook. Pull a cracker with Dad. Wash up again. Serve cheese with port and biscuits. Watch telly and fall asleep on sofa. Wake up, go to bed smile

Dad: Wake up, get up, get dressed. Eat and drink breakfast. Doze in front of telly. Wake up, drink and eat dinner, doze in front of telly. Wake up, have drink, eat Xmas pudding, doze in front of telly. Wake up, pull cracker, eat cheese and biscuits. Have a drink. Doze in front of telly. Wake up, go to bed smile

lilacclery Wed 10-Dec-14 14:34:37

sounds good furrydogmother as we have small children that day is replicated here but with addition of cartoons, and lots of toys!

wednesdaygirl Wed 10-Dec-14 16:47:45

Mine are nearly 18 and 19
So in same boat

Just bought Lancashire Monopoly as we live in Lancashire thought it would be nice to have a big argument on christmas day lol

BaronessBomburst Wed 10-Dec-14 16:55:00

I want to spend Christmas with FurryDogMother !

MegBusset Wed 10-Dec-14 17:15:01

Go to the pub smile

girlywhirly Wed 10-Dec-14 17:58:14

Just me and DH. Will have been to the pub on Christmas eve, so lie in Christmas morning, coffee in bed, open stockings, then get dressed and have a simple breakfast.

Get roast lunch started, open any other presents (but no others this year as we have just bought a new Macbook Pro. Coffee mid morning, relax, read, set table, listen to ClassicFM carols and music all morning.

Sherry at some point, finish making lunch and eat. Depending on weather we may have a walk for half an hour nosing at peoples house decorations. Back home for coffee, do dishes and clear kitchen. Watch TV, DH snoozes. Supper of cheese and biscuits and trifle in front of TV, which DH serves, and more drinks.

I'm afraid it's quite boring! We used to have elderly FIL to stay over Christmas and we used to do much the same then, so it just carried on at DH'S request. I keep reminding myself that some people would kill for a relaxing day with no pressure like this!

ItsBeginingToLookAlotLikeChris Wed 10-Dec-14 18:36:27

a gloriously indulgent me day...with lovely food ...and drink

ZebraDog Wed 10-Dec-14 19:23:17

DC are 22 and 24 this year shock
our routine is (roughly!)
9am stockings (DC get me one too now)
10am breakfast watching BBC news, preparing for lunch and cookery
11am drinks and crisps
11:30 presents, we open them much more slowly than when they were younger with lots of drinking/talking in between
1pm light lunch
2:30 film/'play' with presents
4pm prep dinner
7pm dinner
9pm stuffed on sofa in wine coma watching xmas tv.

Dionysuss Wed 10-Dec-14 21:10:52

Drunken monopoly arguments

Adarajames Thu 11-Dec-14 03:43:18

Usually helping serve Christmas dinner to around 130 guests at one if the Crisis at Christmas centres; this year being unwell means I'm doing less shifts at Crisis so not doing Christmas Day, but hoping to get a cooker for housebound disabled friend so I can go cook her a Christmas dinner instead, family Christmas is Boxing Day to fit round my crisis shifts

CrispyHedgeHogHoHoHo Thu 11-Dec-14 04:18:23

Glorified Sunday roast with extra booze

BitOutOfPractice Thu 11-Dec-14 05:04:24

Same as any other Christmas but with the addition of pub, sofa sex and hot tub. What's not to like?

loveareadingthanks Fri 12-Dec-14 13:34:50

It's lovely in a different way.

Pub. Chatting. Silly games (the after eights one is good for a laugh), board games, watching good film in peace, reading new Christmas books, snoozing without guilt, getting sozzled.

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