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When do you usually know and feel that it’s finally the holidays?

When I spend time by the pool, reading a book and don’t feel guilty that I am ‘bunking’ off work.

What do you want for Christmas this year?

For the ‘elephant in the room’ to go away.

Do you go all out with decorations?

We have a Christmas tree in our lounge and I have a few treasured ornaments that I use on and around my lunch table.

What are you doing Christmas Eve?

As much of the cooking and preparation as I can for Christmas lunch.

What are you doing Christmas Day?

We’ll have family time in the morning, opening gifts and then friends are coming over for lunch; table for 8.

It’s Christmas time. What are you reading?

I re-read Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray every December. I am also reading People of the Sand by Desiree Lourens and A handful of honey by Annie Hawes.

Favorite movie to watch during the holidays?

The BBC Lifestyle chanel.

Favorite Christmas song?

None, I don’t like Christmas songs, I especially loathe Boney M.

Favorite holiday drink?

Bubbly: Robertson Winery has just released their Vendange Vin Rouge and I’ve recently fallen for Solms-Astor’s Cape Jazz Shiraz.

How is your Christmas shopping going?

All done.

If you could spend Christmas Day anywhere else, where would you spend it?

Cape Town.

Any holiday traditions?

No specific ones, just a big lunch always.

Favorite thing about the Holidays.

They eventually end…

I’m not tagging anyone, go ahead and do it if you feel like it.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

    C’Mon, you’re just like Madmom! Undercover Boney M likers!!

  2. leigh says:

    Pink elephants, I must be drunk 😉

  3. Supa says:

    With you on Boney M *shudder*
    Have a wonderful Christmas, hope all goes well.

    1. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

      C’mon Supa!!! 😦

  4. Tell you what, I will do this next year as we will be BACK HOME and back to tradition – (well I hope anyway).
    🙂 Mandy xo

  5. I especially loathe boney M too. Best of luck with that elephant.
    I do love your quizzes. Now it feels like a proper day off.

    1. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

      *throws herself on the ground … all tantrum like* Boney M is great for ONE week of the year *sulks*

  6. Favorite thing about the Holidays.
    They eventually end…

    the holidays for me are like rose water syrup. super sweet and too much make me sick. hugs

  7. I KNOW your lunch is going to be a resounding success 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow *hugs*

  8. Pseu says:

    Intrigued to know what the ‘elephant in the room’ is… maybe I haven’t been reading you long enough and everyone else knows?

    Have you tried naming her (or him)?

    “Mabel, I think it’s time you went home now. You’ve had enough and quite frankly we’ve had enough of you.”

  9. halfp1nt says:

    I love your Santa moon!
    Hehehe, we also loathe Boney M with a passion.

  10. Rita says:

    Wonderful post, Cindy! Loved to read it. How lucky you are to spend holidays by the pool!! It’s raining here and it’s been raining for days… 😦
    Happy holidays to you, too! 😀

  11. nrhatch says:

    All things must pass . . . but sometimes elephants lumber along so slowly.

    Here’s to your Updown Side world being restored to order. {{clink}}

    This year, we’ve been playing non-traditional music ~ like Scottish fiddlers, and Jethro Tull’s Songs from the woods. As a result, I’m not worn out of hearing Christmas Carols.

    Now, I must confess my ignorance . . . I’ve never heard Boney M. 🙂

  12. Paula says:

    Cape Jazz Shiraz – Celebrate the Difference! Enjoy and thank for your suppport :->!!

  13. suzicate says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  14. leeswammes says:

    Christmas at the poolside ….. Hmmm, sounds great!

  15. slpmartin says:

    My Christmas Eve dinner is finished…I prepared Chai Chicken with a cherry sauce over noodles and the layered dish you described recently..the one with spinach, white asparagus, etc….everyone loved it…but the ultimate complement for your dish came for a relatively nonverbal eleven year old who only wanted to know if we had cable before coming to dinner…his only volunteered comment was how much he enjoyed your dish…I need not say more than that.. to express my thanks! 🙂

  16. Naomi says:

    Ah, yes, dreaming of CT too…probably next year. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi, I’m determined to be in CT during February, certainly on the 20th.

  17. Did you get what you want for Christmas yet?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Roll on the 3d of January … 😉

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