Christmas 2015 on the farm

Christmas is over for another year.

It’s a bit strange because for the first time ever I’ve not worked up until Christmas eve, and will be having nearly 2 weeks off work.  For me it feels like a bit of wasted time because friends go away or are busy with family, we do a few meals with family, but on the farm it’s still pretty much normal working apart from a few hours off on Christmas day.  And because of the time of year, lots of places are closed so we’re limited on being able to visit places.

Instead, we’ve vegetated, watched a lot of films (I’m trying frantically to catch up on all the films I taped from the last month or so), built lego and dens, and online shopped the sales pretty much unsuccessfully.

But Christmas itself was nice enough, and covered the usual traditions we have.

Christmas Eve

The OH’s family have always gone to the local pub for a meal, and now there’s 15 of us we still go there.  The pub is small, but the landlady is a wonderful host, and the men go there for their shoot dinners as well, so we always get a great welcome.

We take over one room so we’re out of the way of the customers all coming in for a drink.  Annoyingly, I spotted a family who live opposite one sister-in-law, go in the pub along with lots of others turning up.  But it wasn’t until the next day I realised an old school friend who’s now living in Australia was also in the pub.  She’s over in the UK for Christmas, so it’s a shame we missed each other.

We had a delicious meal.  N loves being out in the pub and had been looking forward to his fish and chips order for days.  But he came down with a horrible cold that day so was really flagging and didn’t eat as much as he usually would.

Quite often we’ll go for drinks at the farm afterwards, but this year it was straight home to put out Santa’s mince pie, milk and a carrot.

Santa's treats on a tray for Christmas eve

N was determined to set the tray out just right.  It’s so sweet to see him rationalising what he has to put out and why.  Knowing that Father Christmas was coming meant there was no moaning about going to bed, or struggling to sleep. Straight to bed, asleep and all by 8.

checking the tree before Santa visits

Father Christmas did have a bit of a worry when there were footsteps across the landing just as a filled stocking was about to be put in N’s room.  Luckily he went straight back to sleep so all was fine and delivered.

Christmas day

We were having a quiet Christmas day again.  Just us and my brother.

N woke and came into bed with me before the OH came back in from work, and before N was allowed to open his  stocking gifts. He was so excited, but was really good about not going downstairs or opening any presents until everyone was in.

opening christmas stockings

Father Christmas did a good job and N liked everything in it.  Then it was time to get up, get dressed and head downstairs to have breakfast and open presents.

N was so excited to see he’d got a new bike.  I was a little worried that it seemed to be too high despite us trying out the 16 inch bikes in store.  But luckily, he tried it in shoes, and its manageable.

checking out his new bike

However he was even more excited to see he also had new farm models. So much for getting rid of old toys, when the OH is buying new ones.

playing with his Bruder forager and trailer

On Christmas morning we always go over to the farm to exchange presents, then down to each of the sister and brother-in-laws.  It’s one of the good things about living so close, that we can just nip over and still be back in plenty of time for my brother to arrive.

red and white christmas day table scape settings


Bucks Fizz is always the order of the day when visitors arrive.  And we always have turkey for Christmas lunch.  The OH and N have Christmas pudding while this time I made a cherries in kirsch bakewell magic pudding.  It tasted so good, and that was without the additional booze being included. N really struggled at lunch time with his cold. All of a sudden he was almost asleep in his plate, so he went for a long sleep.

We chatted and played with new toys until the OH had to go back out to work.  N was back on better form on waking, so back out came the farm vehicles along with the space hopper.

comfy seat on a space hopper to watch tv

Despite thinking we couldn’t eat any more, we did have the in laws over for a tea of leftovers, rolls and crackers.

While I always think it’s disappointing that for such a big close family we never do a big Christmas lunch for everyone, a quiet one does mean it’s less noisy and stressful.   So it was a lovely day.

comedy space hopper portrait

Boxing Day

Boxing day was a drier day.  N was determined to get out on his bike, so we spent the best part of an hour with his riding the bike up and down the drive.  I had been worried about it looking too big, but with shoes on it’s perfect.  The bike lights he had in his stocking went down a treat too.

riding his new bike

For the rest of the day, the weather went downhill.  N went out to work on the farm with his dad, and I did a bit of online sale shopping. I have to say I struggled to get hold of jumpers and trousers for N. Nowhere seemed to have anything at all.  I’ll be heading into town instead to see if I can get something in there.

I spotted the boxing day hunt going past the farm.  They didn’t come over our fields, but elsewhere we discovered someone (likely followers rather than the hunt themselves) had moved a fence round our sheep, and not replaced it afterwards. Needless to say, sheep escaped which wasn’t fun for my brother-in-law trying to round them up again.  He wasn’t best pleased, and the Master of the hunt has been round to apologise yet again. More leftovers for tea – cold turkey, and ham, jacket potatoes, salad and reheated red cabbage . Delicious and so much less hassle than having to think of something to cook every day.

Overall, it was an everyday Christmas with a sprinkling of magic at certain times.  But it works for us, and helps that N is at prime age for Father Christmas.

We also had a big family meal at the farm this evening, and it was nice to have the cousins all together.  The evening didn’t end too brilliantly, after N fell and bumped his head.  He then just wanted to go home, so grumbled and cried a lot before agreeing to go to bed.

I hope all my readers had an enjoyable Christmas, and all the best for the new year.

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  1. Aww looks like a lovely few days at Christmas! We always set out milk for Santa, a cookie and a carrot for Rudolph xx

  2. It may sound like a quiet one, as you said, but being able to go around to all the family to visit and swap gifts is great as it means that you get out of the house a break up the day a bit. I find that Christmas gets boring in between opening presents and the dinner so at least you’ve something to do in between

  3. Good for you – a nice quiet family Xmas with no relatives/friends.
    Santa was good for N, so he must have been a good boy, and not on the naughty list.
    I prefer Xmas Day like that 🙂

      1. I like a quiet Xmas Day, but then do a massive Boxing Day buffet for “all welcome” when all friends and family come round 🙂

        1. Ah we do that too – well Christmas day evening. Then boxing day is a sister-in-law’s birthday, so usually go round to theirs, but not this year. Had big family meal yesterday instead.

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