For me the perfect Christmas involves midnight mass on Christmas Eve, spending most of the day in a new cosy set of pyjamas, no TV (exceptions for the queens speech), Classic FM on the radio for the carols whilst I take my time enjoying cooking dinner, some board games and charades with the family (trivial pursuit a necessity) and a glass or two of mulled wine. I make gingerbread dough the night before and keep it in the fridge so on the day I only have to do the fun bit and cut it out, something perfect about gingerbread men lovely and warm from the oven with the icing faces melting everywhere because I don't want to wait for them to cool. I sound like a saddo don't I?
Me, my children and dog and NO ONE else! Presents. Pancakes for breakfast. Walk down to the river with dog and get a soft drink at a lovely pub down there. Home, cook dinner, drink a couple of glasses of wine. Relax all afternoon eating chocolates and watching Christmas TV. Small buffet in the evening.
Christmas got a whole lot better once I stopped feeling obliged to include extended family in it.
Get woken up by the kids and go down and watch them open their presents, snack on selection box chocolate, watch the kids play with their toys and await relatives arriving, make and eat the dinner, family walk, boardgame, slob around eating while kids play with toys, watch something good on tv while eating some more, say goodbye to guests and put kids to bed, eat while watching some Christmas specials with dh.
Presents with just me & ds Scrambled eggs & smoked salmon for me, cocopops for him Make a snow man if possible, or walk in the woods Board games, carols on the radio, cook lunch More presents Lazy tTelly