My Big Fat Greek Family Christmas, and it's all about Melina!
|Cheery Christmas log fire|
Families have their Christmas customs and traditions, last year we started a new one.
We have a new addition to the family, sweet Melina, our first Grandchild.
Now, Christmas is all about Melina,
Last year, she helped me trim the Christmas tree, well, she was only one and a half years old, I rectified things after she had gone home!
We had such a good time though, watching the wonder on her little face, laughing at her excitement, when we switched on the tree lights, her sheer joy.
|With Melina, last year|
Below: Reading Christmas stories with Grandpa, last year.
So this year, I decided to make it an official part of our family Christmas:
Decorating the tree with Melina.
Last year, they had just happened to drop by, while I was putting up the tree, this year it was planned.
They would be arriving early evening, we would have a:
"Trimming the Christmas tree supper party"
I was up early, preparing PASTITSIO, which everyone loves, it is something that can be made beforehand, which is a must, as I knew that with Melina, there would be no time to be cooking in the kitchen!
My Daughter-in-law, Sandra, said she would make her famous ravani:
Greek semolina cake.
A lovely, moist cake, soaked in orange syrup, nice on its own, but, absolutely delicious with ice cream and black cherry sauce!
Once all the Christmas paraphernalia had been brought up from the basement, by MGG (My Greek God), and the pastitsio was ready to be served,
we opened a bottle of wine, to fortify ourselves, before they arrived.
MGG lit the fire, now it really was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas!
|MGG and a log fire|
My son, had warned me, that if I started the tree from scratch, it would take us until midnight!
He knew, from his experience, of trimming their tree with Melina.
She had to examine each bauble carefully, and then choose the place for it to hang.
I had told Melina that I wouldn't start without her, so was loathe to do so, after all, aren't we supposed to set an example to children?
I didn't want to break my word.
The thought of six hours trimming the tree though, soon changed my mind!
I did most of it, leaving the things that I thought Melina would like best, for her to put on the tree.
I need not have worried, as soon as Melina saw the tree, she was in such a state of bliss, that I think she had forgotten about my promise to her.
What a good job, that I had listened to my Son.
Just the few things left for Melina, to put on the tree, took an age.
We must find just the best place to hang this!
|Trimming the tree|
Some things, didn't even make it on to the tree, she loved them so much, she wasn't parting with them.
One decoration, that never left her side, all evening was Micky Mouse in a snowstorm.
Melina: you have taste already:
It's the one and only decoration from Paris.
All things French and all that!
|Micky from Paris|
When the tree was to Melina's satisfaction,
she checked out other small Christmas details, around the house.
Ready for Christmas.
She just had to blow out my Christmas candles!
Don't these little Murano bowls, look lovely, with tea lights in them?
See how they glow?
|Eiffel tower bottle|
This glass bottle, in the shape of the Eiffel tower, once held cognac, it now holds sea glass, that I collected from Loutraki beach.
I added a star, and, voila:
"Paris à Noël"
When everything had been checked and approved of, it was time to play with Grandpa, she just adores him, and, vice versa.
How I love my family, next week, my daughter and her boyfriend, will arrive from Athens.
We shall all celebrate Christmas together, as we do, every year.
Christmas really is a family affair!
To all of you:
Happy Christmas from MGG and myself.
Have the best time.