Now comes the day itself, Christmas day! No time to open all the pressies as we were in a hurry to make it to the St Francis Xavier Church on time. Still I managed to take a few photos because I can't resist my cuties in their new pyjamas. Elizabeth was excited to open her presents and as for Joseph he needed some help from his gor gors to open his presents.
|Joseph trying to open (tear) his present.|
|It's a toy car from grand parents! Elizabeth is thinking of something?|
|Mini Lego set from grand parents for Elizabeth.|
|Already starting to play with their toys.|
We couldn't linger much longer as I've mentioned earlier. It's Christmas morning and what more than to celebrate it at church and attend the Christmas mass. With young kids in tow, it won't be an easy one. They would either want attention, make a racket or want to sleep. Elizabeth was at least easier to handle now that she's bigger. But Joseph he started becoming fussy and I had to bribe him with biscuits then it was later toys to distract him. But in the end, it was sleep that he actually wanted. So I had to carry him nearly throughout the church service. After the service was over, most people started queueing up to have a glimpse of the nativity display in the church. Not wanting to be left out we did the same and my kiddos got to touch the little Baby Jesus. I was too caught up in the moment that I totally forgotten to take a picture of it.
|Joseph becoming demanding and fussy already in church!|
|Joseph trying to 'drive' my dad's car|
|Still trying to 'drive' with sound effect this time.|
We then went to Mid Valley for lunch as it is the nearest shopping mall to the church. Moreover, my family haven't seen the Christmas decoration there yet. We had lunch in Dragon-I restaurant because I wanted to let my parents try the Shanghai dumpling Xiao Long Bao. After the lunch, we went to collect our roasted turkey from Equatorial Hotel. Maybe I was too excited to see my turkey that I'd forgotten to take pictures of the Christmas deco at the hotel. The turkey was already in a foam box ready to be collected and we were told that the box will keep the turkey warm to last till our dinner. That was really great!
|I was trying to put that reindeer horn on his head but he refused me. :P|
|Who is smarter? Both la..hehe.|
|Biscuit to 'tame' him.|
|Toy car as additional distraction!|
|This sweetie was waiting for her food.|
|Already losing it towards the end of our lunch.|
|Joseph was fascinated with the barrier stand, Elizabeth was fascinated with his sweet-smelling hair.|
|No, he did not lose his shoe. We just got tired of putting it back.|
|Both cousins were amused by this, some kind of interactive display.|
Looks like our Christmas expedition has come to an end and it has started to take its toll on us. I can already feel the tiredness and laziness to even go out after this. So we continued with the opening of presents at home and the kids went for a swim again in the afternoon.
|Opening presents again.|
|I gave Elizabeth that arm float.|
|For Joseph it's a swim suit.|
|Trying out their puzzle given by my sister to Elizabeth.|
|The 'kid magnet' still working his magic.|
|The 'kid magnet' asked for it, feeling ticklish now.|
|His attire came with a jacket but this lil' dahling refused to wear for long and pose for a picture.|
This year is rather a special one because I had planned for a traditional Christmas dinner with my family. Every year I tried my luck suggesting to have either turkey or pudding or etc. but to no avail because my mom would shunned my ideas away. This year, I took matters in my own hands and did it without my mom's consultation anyway. In the end, I think she just relented. One of my close colleague knew that I had ordered a yule log cake, the honey baked ham and roasted turkey because he too ordered. He was surprised that I ordered a lot this year based on my own standards and made a funny comment. He said I am so oppressed all these years that I finally went all out this year. LOL.
Anyway, so what's for dinner you might ask. There was the roasted turkey with stuffings and it came with 3 types of gravy: cranberry, mushroom and corn. It also came with brussel sprouts, sweet potato and fruit cake. Then there was the honey baked ham and plum pudding. We did our own fruit salad (green apple, red apple, raisins plus salad cream), boiled broccoli and finally some baked goodies (potato, sweet potato, onion, carrots, parsley with butter). For drinks it was ribena mixed with 100 plus. ;)
When the tables were set and dinner was served, my hubby gave a lot of comments like is it good or not? Can we finish it? That's really a huge turkey. But as we tucked in, seems like he was the one who enjoyed it most helping himself with the turkey and ham. :P The roasted turkey came with a card from the hotel and there was a tagline there that says, "Big Birds Bring Joy". It really brought joy but we couldn't finish the damn huge turkey man. I gave away nearly half to my babysitter.
So that was my Christmas Day. I hope that you all had enjoyed it as much as I had enjoyed it too.
|'Big Bird Bring Joy' 5kg turkey.|
|Fruit cake, salad, pudding and one of the gravy for the turkey.|
|The ham, baked goodies, boiled broccoli, brussel sprouts, sweet potato, stuffings and another type of gravy.|
|Ta da! The complete meal. Looks nothing much but we sure can't finish it!|