So it’s finally here… the last week of term is upon us, and although the workload hasn’t stopped or anything like that, this time of year does lend itself to a certain degree of relaxation (leading to this week being known as ‘chill-out week’ among my group of friends). All over campus and more widely over the city, Christmas decorations are up (although my house is still aggressively undecorated, with the exception of a stray piece of tinsel).
Because this weekend was the last weekend before people start to go home, some friends and I decided that Saturday was our own version of Christmas. We had a family Christmas dinner on Saturday night, followed by typical Christmas games (accompanied with plenty of mulled wine and mince pies) and then the stable of all Christmas gatherings: Love Actually (potentially the best movie of all time).
We split up the jobs for the evening between the seven of us, which ranged from decorating the table (complete with origami napkins) to making dinner, to cleaning up afterwards.
Since the dinner was my idea (/fault), I took over the cooking aspects of the evening, which basically meant spending a whole afternoon preparing and cooking dinner. In the end, we had:
Roast chicken (the oven was too small for a small turkey)
Pigs in blankets
Leeks with bacon
Veg (sprouts, carrots, broccoli and green beans)
We also bought a Christmas pudding with brandy cream, and one of my friends made a spiced apple pie for dessert.
Having a Christmas dinner with some of my favourite people was SO much fun, and also made me realise what a challenge my mum takes on each year when she does even more than seven of us did all by herself.
At the end though. Christmas is definitely worth it.