Three Christmases

27 December 2015

I tend to find Christmas more stressful than enjoyable. Which is strongly related to the fact that I have to share myself around 3 separate Christmases at 3 different locations, all in the one day. 

It's not that I don't want to see everyone, I just find it difficult to manage, and I try to spend a good amount of time at each place. This year went pretty smoothly and was relatively stress free.
Here's a look at my three Christmases. 

1. Christmas with Dad

First stop was Dad's house. I unfortunately didn't get to spend as long here as I would have liked as my second Christmas location had an actual start time that I had to be there by. 

I always have a great time with all my cousins and extended family on Christmas Day. Josh, my sister Kayla and I arrived at the house around 9.30am and all exchanged presents.

 It was still only early but I started stuffing my face with potato chips as they were out on the table. 

We could only stay until 11am in order to be on time for the next event. I wish that I could have seen all the rest of my family on that day as we always have a great time.

 Last year they set up a game of Family Feud which was a ton of fun. This year I found out that they got Cards Against Humanity, which would have been hilarious to play with everyone. 

11am came, and my sister was getting restless, so it was back into the car for Christmas number 2. 

2. Christmas with Mum

This is the first Christmas that I have been moved out of home so I didn't wake up at Mum's house this year. My poor mum had a car accident mid this year and has had a lot of back troubles from then onwards. So to avoid any stress, and cooking (which involves a lot of tedious standing around) we had Christmas lunch booked into Honeysuckle Hotel. 

You're in the way Josh.
We got a nice table right on the water which was lovely. As well as my mum, boyfriend and sister, my grandparents also attended our Christmas lunch. This part of the day was super stress free. Doors opened at 11.30am. We got seated and then at 12.30pm we got to go up and start serving ourselves from a huge selection of foods. I managed to almost overflow my plate with salad, pasta and various vegetables. 

I'm pretty sure we all were quite greedy with our portion sizes. We took a few photos of the three of us on the water which was nice. I will have to get some of the photos printed. It's easy these days to just have everything digitally and forget to sometimes have a physical copy of anything. 

Me, Kayla & Pa!
We popped Christmas crackers, wore paper crowns and told terrible jokes. Then finally it was time to head off from Christmas #2. But not without taking a photo in the giant Santa Sleigh out the front of the restaurant. 

3. Christmas with Josh's Family

Last but not least we head back in to spend the remainder of Christmas with Joshua's family at his parents home. There was a mishap on arrival, as Josh hit the gutter slightly with his car and the tyre tore open as there was a jagged bit coming out of the concrete. 

Christmas with Josh's family includes his parents, his sister and her husband, and us! Small but good. We got out the cheese platter and board games and played two round of The Logo Game. Which I had never played before but it is both, fun and difficult. 

After we were sick of good ole logos, the boys started playing cricket in the backyard. With Zizou chasing the ball endlessly around as they tried to play. While I had some quality time with my Animal Crossing game. No regrets. 

Amy & Zizou (Maddy bottom left)
Christmas is a good time for us all to get together and just generally hang out and not worry about anything too much. For just one day anyway. I was able to get Boxing Day off as well, which meant a staggering two days off in a row after working 9 days straight.

Dinner was delicious, as per usual, though I mostly just filled my plate with Gado Gado (a traditional Indonesian salad with tofu and satay dressing) and rice. Then I was full, but not too full for more wine and cake. Obviously. I'm not a monster. 

The day ended with four of us sitting upstairs and playing more board games. Some good ole Taboo & Cards Against Humanity. If you haven't played either of these I definitely recommend them. Especially Cards Against Humanity. 

All tuckered out. 
I think Christmas was pretty successful this year, though I wish I could have spent more time everywhere. It's hard to stretch yourself to please everyone on just one day, a day that probably gets way too much hype. 

It was still a very enjoyable day that I spent with all the people who I care about in my life. Which is what is most important afterall. 

There will be a "What I Got For Christmas" post coming up soon!
Tell me in the comments, how did your Christmas go? Pretty stress free??
Cya! xx

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  1. it was definitely not stress free. We did enjoy ourselves, but my brother had to go the hospital, my fiancé has food poisoning and it was quickly way too quickly! haha maybe next year will be better! glad you had a nice time though :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. It sounds like you had such an amazing day! I'm really sorry to hear about your mum - I hope her back gets better!
    Mine was pretty stress free surprisingly - just over way too quickly!

    Jordan | JordanCourtney

  3. Three Christmas locations in a day; that's pretty insane! I usually just have two but they don't nearly as stressful as yours. I hope you enjoyed yourself nonetheless, Tegan!

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  4. That's such a hectic, fun, day! Such a bother about Josh's car though!

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  5. It looks crazy! Merry belated christmas! XO

    Emma | With A City Dream

  6. Oh wow, that's a lot of Christmas in one day! I would be so tired, but it looks like you had a great time. Would love to see what you got! (:

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  7. Hi Tegan. Looks like you had a great Christmas! Can't wait to hear about your New Year's celebrations! x


  8. Looks like you had the perfect holidays!
    Wish you the best xx

  9. Sounds like a nice day! Although I bet you wished there were more than 24 hours in it, to allow you to have a fair bit of time with everyone :(

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  10. I definitely felt the hectic-ness of the day as well--we hosted 40 people this year!!
    Looks like you had a splendid day with the people you love, and that's what matters.
    Merry Christmas!

  11. That sounds very hectic indeed! I hope Josh managed to get a new tyre. I also have to say, Christmas in the summertime looks completely glorious!! I can't even imagine wearing short sleeves or eating outside on Christmas. I normally start wearing about 5 layers under my clothes from like September onwards. You also all looked gorgeous on Christmas day :) xxx

    Beth | Alphabeth


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