After all the excitement and hype over Christmas day, families are often left with a pile of leftovers. Here are 10 leftovers from Christmas you might experience.
With experience, the intelligent Christmas host learns to hand out doggie bags to guests as they leave to avoid the inevitable Christmas leftover food pile up. Novices fall into the trap of NOT giving food away. On the up side, after turkey sandwiches, turkey frittata, turkey casserole and turkey pizza, the kids will be begging for a plate of broccoli.
As you feast on ham, turkey and the best, warm, vanilla bean ice cream-laden sticky date pudding you've ever tasted, you know exactly where it's heading. But just accept that it's all worth it. Worry about it when you're setting your New Year's resolution.
From trying to stay awake in the hope of catching a glimpse of Santa on Christmas Eve, to being up at sunrise the next morning for the presents, the kids are going to yo-yo between excitement and exhaustion for the next couple of days. There's no way around this. It's Christmas. You might as well enjoy the ride with them.
In today's modern world most presents unfortunately involve batteries. While it is SO important to ensure you have a steady supply throughout Christmas day, after having to listen to Peppa Pig's voice, and the unending taunting musical tunes every baby toy seems to inflict on parents, at the end of the day you're guaranteed a massive headache and a pile of spent batteries.
No matter how good anyone's intentions, shopping for Christmas is always a gamble. Clothes sizes might be incorrect, kids might already have the toys you've picked out for them, or items may indeed be faulty. All of this means that most families will end up with gifts to return or exchange. Unless you're willing to gather the children around for pre-Christmas questioning (think Spanish Inquisition), this is bound to happen. My only advice? Don't go on Boxing Day.
Waking up on Boxing Day you could be forgiven for thinking you'd just walked into your local rubbish dump. Wrapping paper everywhere, toys scattered across the house and piles of dirty dishes spread across the kitchen. Who cares? Just call in the family to help and clean it up. A huge mess is the sign of a great Christmas (unless the mess includes broken plates that Auntie Sally threw at Uncle Ben's head).
Kids that refuse to leave the house
The problem with kids in possession of new toys and games is that they refuse to leave the house. EVER. Unless Cousin James got a new PS4, in which case your kids will allow a visit.
Christmas cooking, gift wrapping, crazy kids and possibly feuding family can cause your stress levels to go through the roof. Only Boxing Day retail therapy can help. Trust me: I'm sure there's research on it.
Except for the parents of pure goodness somewhere in the back of every parents mind as they put up the Christmas decorations, is that eventually, quite soon actually, they'll have to take them back down again. Try to think of the process as a joy, much like having a baby. You know very well that baby will eventually have to come out, and it most probably WILL hurt, but you decide to do it anyway because of the joy it will bring.
The leftovers you REALLY want and will cherish forever.
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