Even at 22 Christmas excites me, although not for same reasons as it used to. No sooty footprints in the hath, no bite out of the mince pie or indeed a gulp taken from the glass of cherry brandy left for Santa. Instead, it's a time to catch up with all the family, hear their tales from the previous year and predictions/plans for the next. Christmas is also a day to which my stomach is really treated and fills up on anything it can, all of which never disappoints the taste buds.
Today however was of course very different from the usual Christmas.
0600 couldn't come soon enough, still excited and intrigued to see what the day unfolded. Showered, shaved and dressed in best shirts and shirt.
After Christmas wishes were exchanged, we had a list of jobs.
First job was to bring several BBQ's/car rims up from the beach (100 steep steps), then scrub them clean and make them ready to light. Next, after being quite annoyed with my own naivety of having a slightly easy day, we had to clear a man hole which had collapsed sue to someones "special" driving skills.. After getting covered in dust, sweat and cutting open my foot we had to finally prepare the restaurant, sweeping, arranging furniture ect...
Today was at least a nice day, 43degrees in fact.
After a second shower, more clean and passable clothes, I lifted my spirits, it is Christmas after all!!
After such a busy morning we didn't eat any breakfast and finally ate our Christmas lunch of South African sausage, fish, steak and salad at 6!!! We were so so hungry and I probably didn't help by teasing my stomach this morning expecting the usual feast.. All the staff didn't even sit down together, we had to stagger eating as customers wanted drinks.
After lunch/dinner we had all the washing up to do since the black guy had taken off, probably because he had somewhere else to go to! We finished washing up close to 8.
Christmas day had been non stop from 0700 to 2000, and it's was now I decided I will never work in a restaurant again, nor shall I ever work Christmas for someone else! What a day.
The only thing that put a genuine smile on my face was speaking to the family that I had been thinking of so much during some low points in my day. Thinking about what a lovely time I'm sure their having, enjoying all that food and SNOW! I was so happy to speak to them all, I'm very lucky to have such a family.
Tom and I could barely keep our eyes open and as a result went to bed as soon as we were "allowed", never again.
Next year my stomach is getting exactly what it wants for 2 days!! Haha