Christmas with the Bowens.

I hope you all had a spectacular Christmas.  Mine was pretty darn special.  I hosted breakfast at my flat, so my parents, my brother and his lovely girlfriend all came over for a bite to eat.  Before long, we were joined by my mum’s best friend and her partner and one of my best friends, Adam.  We opened presents and ate fruit toast and croissants.  It was delish.

DSCF9248The tree, after Santa’s visit.  Look at all those gifts!

DSCF9249My Dad opening the biggest present of all.  It was a compost bin from my mother.  My dad is really into gardening and outdoorsy activities, so this was a great present for him.

DSCF9251My brother’s girlfriend wearing the unicorn kigurumi I bought for her.  It was already pretty hot by this stage, but she wore it anyway.  Bless.

DSCF9253Mum decided that she was too sleepy to eat breakfast and opted for a Christmas nap in the wrappings instead.

After we had showered and dressed we headed over to my aunt’s house for lunch.  Every year my aunt Pauline makes the most incredible Christmas feast.  We start with a seafood platter of prawns, crabmeat and scallops and salads.  Then we have roast turkey, pork, beef, chicken and ham with vegetables and gravy.  For dessert there was a choice of berry cheesecake (my favourite!) Violet Crumble cake or sticky date pudding.  It was truly spectacular.

What made the day even more special was the presence of three of my little cousins.  Will and Abbey had come all the way from Perth, while little Olivia had arrived from Melbourne that morning.  It’s been years since there have been kids present at one of our Christmasses, and it was so awesome to relive the magic of childhood Christmasses through their eyes.  They were so excited to show us what Santa had brought them.  My cousin Will is totally obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the moment, and all of his gifts were turtle-themed.  My parents got in on the ninja action:

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DSCF9261Apparently the family that ninjas together, stays together….

After lunch I headed home for a long nap, which was followed by a round of Cards Against Humanity with my brother, his girlfriend and our mate Adam.

It was a truly great Christmas.

I also got some awesome pressies!  Want to see?

DSCF9264My aunt Jenny had cleaned out her knitting and crochet supplies and gave me a huge stash of knitting needles and a beautiful crochet book.  I can’t wait to try some of the gorgeous patterns!

DSCF9265My mate Adam got me these fab cat-ear headphones.  I love them so much.

DSCF9266These beautiful flared pants were from Mum and Dad.  I can’t wait to wear them, but they’re a bit too long so I need to take them up first.

DSCF9268My brother’s girlfriend made this amazing TARDIS cross-stitch.  She also gave me a Dalek book light.  I think this might have been my favourite present.

DSCF9270Dad picked out this set of Monty Python films for me.  He passed on his love of silly British comedy to me, and I spent a good chunk of my teen years watching Monty Python with Dad and re-enacting our favourite sketches.  These films bring back so many happy memories.

DSCF9271More DVDs!  From Mum and Dad I got the first four seasons of Breaking Bad.  My brother, Mick, got me all of Arrested Development, one of my all-time favourite shows.

DSCF9272This fantastic Scottie Dog brooch was from my mother.  She always picks out the most awesome jewellery for me.

DSCF9273And finally a set of Marc Jacobs Dot perfume.  I smelled this a few months ago and fell in love with it.  I adore the fruity scent, the spotty bottle and the name.  Dot was my Nana’s name as well, so I got a bit teary when I opened this gift.

I had a truly awesome Christmas.  I feel so blessed to have spent the day surrounded with the people that mean the most to me, with good food on our table and presents under the tree.  It was a fabulous day.  I hope you had an amazing Christmas too.

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