Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Christmas Day


There seems so little daylight on Christmas day, the morning busy with presents, preparation for lunch and receiving of guests, followed by a feast of a meal that is devoured in a fraction of the time it takes to prepare* and by the time the table is cleared, the sun is falling from the sky as heavily as that second helping of pudding lies upon your stomach,

After lunch 1-2

where did the day go? I think maybe we should eat later and to make time for a short walk whilst it is still light:

After lunch 2-2

lets take a straw poll, what is the optimum/ traditional time for the Christmas meal in your family?

*yes I know, I’m the one that said it, Christmas dinner, it’s just a roast dinner, what’s all the fuss?


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

15 thoughts on “Christmas Day

  1. We have it in the evening and always have – it makes a lot more sense to me than the traditional lunch. But we seem to be in the minority

    Happy Christmas and thanks for all the gorgeous pics

  2. We always eat late, either very late afternoon or in the evening.

    I normally like to have a walk at lunchtime, but have been a total couch potato this year – will have to get out tomorrow.

  3. Beautiful dusk photos. I’ve been too busy to take any photos or go for a walk in the last two days, so rain or not tomorrow my pup and I are going for a long walk and shoot.

  4. Lovely shots, hope you had a good day.

    3pm here for Xmas dinner(s).

  5. we have brunch with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and fizz and then eat when it gets dark (curry yesterday) – that way if we want to walk anywhere we have some light.

  6. We ate at 2.00pm , Duck this year as Mrs Laidbackfellrunner said so.
    Your right its a lot of prep

    Badger had Turkey

  7. Prep everthing day beforehand – eat 4.30pm. Rest of day ours. Slump after stuffing ourselves.

    • The prep thing went to the wall a bit, when a neighbour asked us round for drinks at 3pm, it was very pleasant and good just to ‘stop being busy’. I was foolish to think I’d get much done that evening though 😉
      Any effort has been rewarded by seeing the boys fall upon their lunch and having enough leftovers not have cooked since!

  8. At home we eat late, about 5-6 p.m. A good walk while the turkey bakes is optimal. This year we went down to my mom and dad’s house (550 miles away) and had the main dinner on Christmas Eve with the rest of the extended family. Your photos look delightful!

  9. We eat at four – by the time all the visitors have gone and we get it made, we couldn’t manage it any earlier. We had very non-traditional Italian food, just because we all like it, and it was made in half an hour. The kids did the dishes and all was well with the world!

  10. We sometimes don’t have lunch at all on Christmas Day, being as I can be on duty, and my loyal little family feel it is not the same without me!

    We then eat Christmas Dinner the next day, or if I’m still on duty, they go to grandparents.

    If we get lucky and my team are not on duty on the day, we usually eat at about 3.00 pm!!

    Happy Christmas to everyone from Ruralshire, which might be closer to home than you think!!

  11. The traditional Christmas lunch with my folks is a post-Chapel lunch, so about 1-1.30. However, we then usually take a break between main course and pudding, going for a half hour to an hour walk if the weather is fine 🙂 The feasting then continues when we get back, and we just get up and down from table until the wee small hours of the morning!

  12. Um, that would be whenever anyone who’s disposed to cook decides it should be. I will be right there, setting the table, chopping whatever I’m told to chop, pouring, stirring . . . and, most gratefully, eating.

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