8 fun things we did for our Christmas Eve celebrations!

Christmas Photo 2014

It’s Christmas Eve today! We actually celebrated this year’s Christmas dinner earlier since the kids have tuition and other Christmas party commitments later in the week. Here’s 8 things we did this festive season:

1. Christmas crackers

Pulling Christmas Cracker

This was the first order of the night! We each had a Christmas cracker (the kids had two) and everyone pulled theirs with a partner.

Christmas Cracker Toys

I got a mini basketball game but the bigger one was looking at it with more than a little bit of envy. Haha. I could see it in her eyes but she was too polite to ask me for it so I exchanged mine with hers (a small deck of Mystery Calculator cards – the least popular one).

Christmas Crackers Kids

The smallest one got a purple hairband and a really cute pair of badminton rackets (complete with shuttlecock) which you can actually play with. The party favor my better half got was a pirate eyepiece. The biggest one also got a deck of cards – tiny ones but a complete 52 card deck. There were also selfie props in the box, which we used for our family Christmas photo.

2. Turkey dinner

Christmas Eve Turkey

I had roasted a turkey with cornbread stuffing and demi-glace earlier in the day and we all ate till we were fit to burst. It’s such a huge bird that I think I’ll be eating leftovers for at least a week!

Turkey Demi Glace

It’s all good though and the demi-glace was delicious!

3. Chocolate Monopoly

Chocolate Monopoly Kids

Dinner done, the kids couldn’t wait to break open the Chocolate Monopoly set so we all played a complete round. You’re actually supposed to eat the chocolates in the middle if you land on a particular color which is already taken but the kids unanimously decided to “keep the chocolate Monopoly pieces forever” so they can play with them next time.

Playing Chocolate Monopoly

I thought that was funny and adorable so that’s the way we played it. No one has ate even a single piece of the Chocolate Monopoly up to now. smirk

4. Eggnog

Borden Eggnog

I bought a quart of Borden Eggnog and doled it out while we were finishing the Chocolate Monopoly game. The bigger one liked it but no one else did except me – I *loved* it. Borden makes a really good eggnog – if you like *ultra thick* custard-like consistency. It’s like drinking crème caramel without the caramel.

It’s so thick you can hear the “glug glug glug” as it attempts to pour out:

The eggnog is more custard than liquid and spiced nicely with cinnamon too and it’s delicious when mixed with a little cognac (none for the kids, of course). Lovely stuff that you see on the shelves once a year.

5. Pandoro


We ate a lot of panettone last year and this year and we decided to get a 1 kg pandoro for Christmas Eve dinner instead. Pandoro is the speciality Christmas cake for Verona (it’s also popular in Venice) and tastes completely different from panettone (which is from Milan). There are actually six (!!!) different regional Christmas cakes in Italy.

Pandoro Classico

I thought I wanted to expose the kids to different foods and since we already ate panettone, it was pandoro for the after-dinner dessert. Pandoro is also a sweet leavened product that’s dusted with sugar and shaped like a frustum. I love pandoro, you can scoop out the middle and add gelato inside and it’s meant to look like an 8-sided snow mountain.

6. Christmas tree

Christmas Tree

I wanted to get a large real Christmas tree (it’s about RM 600) but my better half forbade it. The trees actually shed a lot of needles every day so it can be a chore to clean up after it. We settled for a fake miniature Christmas tree instead.

7. LEGO time


This was the part which the kids were most looking forward to. They have been huge fans of LEGO since the LEGO movie came out and we encouraged their creativity – it’s good for them. The collection that we’re getting for the kids is the LEGO CITY range and I bought them a large set with a large police set-up with boats.

Building LEGO

It basically involves a generic LEGO bad guy escaping with pilfered cash and jewels in a boat while the police goes after him. The amazing thing is that the boats actually float in water! We each assembled a section and I finished up the most difficult part where a thread had to be tied into a hook to attach to the LEGO police boat – it actually has working parts that moves to winch the boat up!

LEGO Floating Boats

We had a lot of quality time together with the kids on this one – various scenarios were enacted and played out. I role-played the lazy LEGO police who would not move out with the truck containing the boat until the kids got the police lingo right. Haha.

LEGO Working Winch

We actually have a new site dedicated to LEGO minis now, it’s primarily done by my awesome better half, who takes amazing posed photos with our growing collection of LEGO minifigures – the site is called tumblingminis.com

8. Family photo

Christmas Photo

This is our Christmas 2014 family photo! It was taken with the selfie props from the Christmas crackers and I thought it made for a nice photo. It serves as a digital Christmas card too – I sent it to my dad and my sister and they both loved it to bits.

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us! May the festive season bring you joy, peace and love. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “8 fun things we did for our Christmas Eve celebrations!”

  1. I love reading this post, very happy and merry post.. I like to read stuffs like: Things I did for Christmas, things I buy for xxx, food I eat in xxx, it gives me an idea too, since I got no plans yet on what do with the kids tomorrow *blush*..

    We plan to visit the shopping mall, have a nice lunch, oops, it’s branch, coz we want it to be early (if it’s not crowded tomorrow), and that’s another ordinary day after that *party pooper mode*..

    I like #1, it doesn’t look like a firecracker to me.. It looks like a “surprise egg” (Kinder Joy chocolate with a surprise toy inside!)..
    Yep, I remember #2, your leg and little girl’s drumstick, and I remember big girl’s wings too, the wing is so HUGE, longer than her face!
    #4 is interesting, I know eggnog is made from raw eggs and cream, there are “cooked eggnogs” recipe too, but I’ve never tried any of them before..
    Orite, #6, that’s what I’m planning to do next year, yep next year, gonna get a (fake) Christmas tree next year when the small one is bigger, coz if I buy it now, it will be a disaster, if you know what I mean, the adults would be eating turkey, he will be eating the ornaments and fake candy canes, teehee..

  2. It’s best to stick with fake Christmas trees, especially if shipping is going to be involved. For us, we had to painstakingly shipped over from NZ and if it was a live one, it’d have landed my folks in a mess with the Customs.

    I remember that Lego set; used to glue my eyes on it when they had the display in Curve, lol. Wait, wouldn’t the Monopoly chocolate pieces have expiry dates on ’em? =D

    Merry Christmas! ^^

  3. loved reading your account of christmas eve … this sounds like the sort of christmas eve i’d enjoy as a young child, and i’m sure the kids will remember this with a lot of fondness when they’re grown up someday (and think back with a smile on the chocolate monopoly) 😀
    coincidentally someone asked me a couple of hours ago where to find eggnog at a cafe/restaurant in kl, and i couldn’t think of any. guess the best solution is home-made or store-bought! 😀
    i’d wish you a merry christmas, but i’m sure you’re gonna have one anyway, hopefully filled with lots of love and laughter! 😀

  4. Merry Christmas HB and to your family as well!

    Lego and Christmas really reminds me of my childhood. It was a staple present that my parents got me every year. Christmas day morning was always exciting as I opened my present and started assembling the Lego set. Such memories. Pity the tradition died out as I grew older.

  5. What lovely memories to cherish for everyone doing so fun things together. Blessed Christmas to you and your equal half and girls. How long can the monopoly chocolate be kept? They do have an expiry date I assume.

  6. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    I love the idea of having a site dedicated to toy pictures…I take a lot of picts with my kiddies’ toys in bizarre circumstances on Instagram as well hahaha!


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