I made a maple-glazed ham, vegetarian stuffing, Moroccan spiced vegetable pie and a very boozy trifle. Friends turned up with lasagna, lemon tart, custard and pudding. We did mulled wine for the grown ups and spiced warm apple juice for the kids, and the weather turned on a beautiful, sunny still day for us all.
To keep the kids occupied in the morning, I got out my cheap plastic Christmas tree and all the unbreakable ornaments.
It wasn't the most beautiful tree ever, but they were so proud of it!
The whole day was like that - lots that didn't quite go to plan, but everybody helped and I think everybody had fun. We live so far away from our family of birth - our friends have really become our family of choice. And that's what Christmas is about for us - sharing good food and good times with the people we love.