I had a pretty big Christmas this year. And by ‘big’, I mean I had back-to-back Christmas shenanigans from 11AM up until 10PM. That’s a lot of being ‘outgoing’ and ‘social’ for both Chris and I in one day and I’m proud to say that we survived!
OK, fine. Being ‘social’ isn’t that big of a deal, in fact my inner extrovert almost enjoys it at times save for the occasional awkward conversation when my dominant, introvert self decides to ‘speak up’.
I was deciding whether or not to take my camera with me, but decided against it because it would have been weird to take photos at my first, big Hamfam gathering instead of talking to people (like I should be). Though I wish I snapped a few photatos of all the food we had because the salads, roasts, snags and skewers we had all looked so glorious!
I finally got to meet a few more of Chris’ extended family which was both exhilarating and daunting at the same time. It’s really quite cool how everyone knew the general East Hills area, which saved me from having to explain too much about where we were going for dinner. I guess I just worry too much about having to talk too much and then accidentally saying something stupid or wrong.
Lunch was set back a little because we had people travelling from the Central Coast and I guess traffic is never kind during public holidays!
The Hamfam decided to do ‘Secret Santa’ this year instead of gifting everyone. I think it’s a great idea because:
- It saves everybody money
- Everyone still gets a gift
- It saves from accidental double-ups on gifts
- It shifts the focus of Christmas back on spending time with your loved ones rather than who got what for Christmas
Does that make sense?
I enjoyed my first Christmas with the Hamfam – it was really lucky that the timing of both events worked out this year. At around 4:30 – 5PM we realised we had to leave to make it to my Aunt’s for dinner even though we were both already bursting at the seams from all the food we had at lunch!
Dinner with the Chanfam has always been the same 🙂 I especially love just sitting around the table with my cousins and second cousins to talk about everything and anything. It’s what we’ve done every Christmas since I was a wee child, and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of just talking and joking with that bunch.
All in all, it was a good day! Now for New Year’s Eve (yay!)