A Joyous Time

Rolling Rum truffles, grooving to Michael Buble` carols, hanging hearts, sharing bubbles and styling the table are all part of my Christmas traditions. We all have them… those special things we do year in year out, that makes Christmas such a joyous time. 

Things got a little hectic in the lead up to Christmas, so this ‘post’ Christmas blog, shares just a little peek at our 2013 Tonkin Christmas. 

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Simple, traditional theming this year! White cloth, white snow cones, green magnolia centrepiece wreath, red gingham checkered mat and silver accents all a feature of my tablestyle this Christmas.

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Christmas at ours, is about sharing time and giving. Home-made gifts are THE BEST! My ‘secret’ truffles are made from a whole Lions crumbled fruit cake, a big slurp of rum or cointreau, 2 x packets of melted Lindt chocolate, cranberries, coconut and cherries. Roll balls in cocoa and store for ages in the fridge. Easy peasy! Not too sweet. Delish!

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The whole living area gets a touch of Christmas magic, including little Missy Indi, who celebrated her 14th Christmas this year. She had leftover turkey and as always, a silver doggie bonbon thanks to DeeDee.

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Casual outfit styling this Christmas. Comfort a big priority. My white sportsluxe Ellery t-shirt dress was cool and floaty. Sneakers were good for all. The blogshy sons and hubs wore a mix of colourfun rainbow shorts, flamingo shirts and denim!

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We started the celebrations with festive sangria, washed down with ‘Rocky Road a-la Hannah’. Lindt chocolate and turkish delight pieces make it especially scrummy!! We soon moved onto bubbles…cheers to family Christmas!!

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Time to eat! All the credit here goes to my ridiculously talented bro-in-law, Brian. He’s a wizz in the kitchen and nailed the traditional Christmas roast with all the trimmings.

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Celebrating his 91st Christmas, ‘King Henry’ is always the most honoured guest and sits at the head of the table. After a beautiful speech and toast to family and good health dinner was devoured!

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My usual, Jamie Oliver’s mums Christmas trifle, went out the window this year and made way for the ‘Christmas Ice-cream Cake’ above. Layers of Sara Lee mixed with crumbled choccies and set frozen in the days leading up to Christmas.

A BerryPash crumble topping added kerpow!! Simple and loved by all!!

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It’s all over for another year. I do hope your Christmas was a joyous, happy family time.

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