Being pagan we celebrated Yule on December 21st (and being pagan we did so by getting very drunk)
On December 25th I will do that rarest of things, take a day off work. If I pick up my netbook, or check my email on the iPhone, I have to pay £5 into a family fund for each infraction. Last year the family made £45 out of my indescretions (well, the ones that they spotted anyway)
On December 26th we have the inlaws coming round for dinner, and I'm that unusual breed - a man who loves his mother-in-law to death and thinks of his father-in-law as his dad (my own dad having passed away 13 years ago now)
And that's pretty much it, until my birthday on the 30th December when I will celebrate in true pagan style again :)
Is it possible to have "a very quiet family get together"? with the emph on quiet?
We do not celebrate Christmas in any traditional style. No big stories, like cooking for an army meals and such things. We do, however, enjoy the day, and plans to *braai on the beach, weather permitting, or if the rains come down like the forecast say, we will *braai at home, no other family, just us and the kids still in the house.
* braai: The national word in South-Africa for what others may know as a barbeque,with one big difference, we don't braai viennas, patties and saussages, we braai real meat, like t-bone steaks, rump-steaks, lamb-chops, whole lamb on spit, *boerewors and free range +2 kg chickens, not the frozen chicken pieces, and most important of all, we braai with real wood, hard-coal-wood, and not charcoal.
*boerewors: Like a saussage, but not processed meat, rather a real mixture of beef/pork/sheep in it, minced a bit ruffer than normal mince-meat, with added spices of choice.
Andre, I hope your fire is a wood-fire, and not charcoal and blitz. I stay almost right on the beach in one of the coastal towns on KZN Southcoast, about 70 km south of Durbs. I also hope that your steak is "lazy" aged, like the Spur.
To the main Happy Geek, happy birthday, and don't forget to drink something on all of us, as we will surely drink something on you.