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Christmas in the UK
Christmas In the UK!
It all started on Dec.17,2009 when my mum and I flew from Chicago airport to Dublin airport(Ireland). When we got to the airport we took a taxi to the Crown Plaza hotel. After we threw our bags in the room we went to go take a bus downtown. We went to a lot of different stores. We also took an open Double Decker bus tour. The next morning we took another tour and went shopping for clothes and did some sight seeing. We went to a really old church that had a mummified cat and rat in it (cool huh)?
Later on we went back to the airport and then flew to Manchester airport in England (that’s the closest to my nana & grandad’s house). My nana & grandad picked us up in their motor home, it was awesome!! On the way back to my nana’s house we stopped at my cousins house. I was so excited to see my cousin. The next day was my birthday party . We went to a pantomime (it’s a live theater show usually on fairytales, but very funny) for half of it and went to Frank and Benny’s (a restaurant). At the end of the panto the main character got my cousin and myself onstage to sing a song in front of the whole audience, it was very funny and everyone applauded.
The next day I had another little tea party on my real birthday, I got lots of presents and all my cousins, aunties and uncles came.
After my birthday, I hung out with my cousins a lot and on Christmas Eve we all went to a pub and played. In England the play areas for kids are in the pubs, which my mum really likes too!! (she told me to say that)!
On Christmas morning I woke to find tons of presents under the tree, some for my mum, some for nana and some for grandad, but a lot of them were for me! One of the most fun presents I got was a pair of carpet sliders (these are things you put over your shoes and slide on the carpet, like skates) super fun!
One of our family traditions on Christmas day is to have a giant Christmas cracker (a cracker looks like a tootsie roll wrapper about the size of a dinner plate and you pull it with someone and it makes a ‘pop’ noise when it is pulled and inside you get a toy, a paper crown and a joke in it). Well my family make a GIANT cracker every year, its about 4’ long and they fill it with more toys to open… its so much fun!!
Later that day family came and we had a huge turkey dinner and lots of desserts including ‘Christmas pudding’ which I don’t eat because it has fruit and raisins in it and its gross!
The next day, is what is known as Boxing Day, basically another Christmas Day, but without the presents, although my nana always has table gifts at the dinner table for everyone. On Boxing Day we had 16 family members for dinner, now that’s a lot of food!!
After all the festivities, I hung out with my cousins more and had lots of sleepovers and went shopping with them. Time then flew by and it then was time to leave again. On the way to the airport my cousin and myself slept in the bed at the back of the motor home because we had to leave at 4am for the airport.
At the airport there were a lot of security checks and because we flew from Manchester to Dublin then Dublin to London and then London to Chicago, it was very tiring. The security people even patted me down and went through my bags!!
The whole travel time to get home from waking up took 26hrs!! As you can imagine, I was very tired when I got home. Once home, I found MORE presents under the tree and so I went to bed knowing my Christmas was now going to start again!! I’m so lucky!
Article posted January 6, 2010 at 09:04 PM •
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