Who knew I would need to phone and book dinner on Christmas Eve before 20th November otherwise we would miss out and the place would be fully booked ????????
Oh well, now I know for next year - start looking earlier than the beginning of November and make arrangements before 20th November !!
Due to the size of our family, we have always 'shared' my parents on Christmas Day. One year with us and one year with my brother and his wife's family. On the years that my folks have come to us, we have our BIL, SIL, nephews and girl-friends as well. Last year things were different and it was just the 5 of us - which was great - we didn't eat too much and we didn't have left overs for days afterwards.
This year my folks are going to my brother and extended family and so we thought we would go out to dinner on Christmas Eve. That was we wouldn't have left overs for days on end and the three of us would just mooch around at home - enjoying the time off work. The problem is I never thought we would have to book before 20th November !!! When I rang to book for 5 adults I was advised that they were fully booked - BUGGER POO BUM !!!
So we did the ring around of hotels and we had to either pay $150 each (not going to happen) or go with a normal carvery and seafood buffet (I'm guessing the difference is - no crackers, no Christmas pudding, possibly no mince pies) for $75. K wasn't fussed about no crackers - she, quite rightly, pointed out that we could have crackers at home on Christmas Day (as I can Christmas pudding as I am the only one who eats it so maybe I'll just buy a little one all for me !!). When I rang Dad this morning he said he didn't care about crackers and hats (especially the hats as they look funny on him !!!) the main thing is that we are all together.
Next year I will be better prepared. Now to see if I can find the Christmas presents that K is wanting !! A has asked for a 6 pack of beer and I have already got my present (Nikon D5100) !! As we don't do Kris Kringle or have littlies in our family, I just need to find the multiple photo frame that my folks want, choose some photos to go in there and I am done ! (Apart from A because I can't just give him a 6 pack of beer no matter how many times he tells me that is all he wants - but what do you buy for the man who has EVERYTHING ??????????)
I am feeling a bit like the Christmas grinch - I am not putting up a tree this year and really can't be bothered with all the Christmas Hoo Haa (which is why I want to go out for dinner because I can't be ar*ed cooking !!!!) but I have noticed that without little children around, Christmas just doesn't have the same feel to it. We are not religious people and to be honest, I am just happy to have a couple of days off work !!
Linking in with Jess for #IBOT.
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