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The Festive Spirit

With the coming festive season, joy spreads its wings around, people feel blissfully cheerful, and mostly children’s dreams and imagination blossom. During this time of the year, I busy myself by decorating the house along with the kids, bake lots of goody treats, and mainly enjoy being able to provide them with such security, gaiety, and merriment.
For this year, we decided to have a chimney next to the Christmas tree. The boys enjoyed transforming some empty water boxes into a chimney.

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We made sure Santa’s chair was comfy and warm as we put a special Christmas pillow just for him.

This past weekend the festive spirit continued as we had our first Christmas dinner with some special friends. I thought of sharing with you a few ideas that I have done.

Since I followed the European style of serving, I prepared two sets of plates. The entrée was composed of an endive salad covered by a tasty Roquefort sauce, mini vegetable quiche, and grilled shrimps. The main course was composed of a delicious turkey served with rice and Rib Eye steak cooked with a caramelized creamy butter sauce served with vegetables; a combination of sweet potatoes, baby potatoes, and Brussels sprouts.

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Wrapping the table napkin with a bow and having a candy cane inserted in the middle gave the whole setting a special touch. For the main dish I folded a napkin into a form of a Christmas tree and placed a Ferrero Rocher chocolate on the top of it. I was lucky to find a beautiful table cover from Zara home where I kept the center table as simple as possible.

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Moreover, like every year at this time of the year in Abu Dhabi there are as many Christmas events as you can imagine. This time, we decided to go to Crowne Plaza to have the boys enjoy the traditional ginger bread house decoration. They were delighted as they decorated, licked the icing off their fingers, and ate from the candies provided. There were many fun activities that they had fun doing, singing along Christmas Carols, and of course taking pictures with Santa.



Those special days are crowned with cheerfulness. May you spend them with your beloved and dear ones. Merry Christmas everyone…


Gingerbread Man and house recipe

With the holy season and merry festivities, the most wonderful part is to make recipes with our children. Here is an activity that children adore.

Gingerbread man and house
100 g butter
200 g soft brown sugar
6 TBS honey
550 g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon powder
3 tsp ginger powder
1 egg yolk lightly beaten
8 TBS milk

Heat the butter, honey, and sugar while mixing until well mixed and the sugar melts. Set aside until cool.

Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, and cinnamon powders.
Add the egg yolk and the honey mixture.

Knead into a fine dough.
Wrap with a cling wrap and let it rest in the fridge for around 40 minutes.
Spread some icing sugar on a flat area. Using a rolling pin, spread the dough and cut into the needed shapes.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

For the icing;
2 egg whites
500 g powdered sugar, sifted
1 TBS lemon juice
Cake decors

Beat the egg whites in a medium ball until frothy. Gradually beat in the sugar to make a thick frosting. Best in the lemon juice.

Assemble the house and have fun with your children.