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The quick way to get acquainted with a British family is to visit them on Christmas, as that is the only time you are sure to find them all under one roof - the Jones family and their relatives with no exception on Christmas Eve all the immediate family was at the parental home of Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
Mr. Jones was a tax lawer , a quiet scholarly man in his fifties, with half-moon spectacles and gray hair. Even on Christmas he was calm and silent spending hours in his study with his books and the newspapers. Mrs. Jones was secretly mad of this, though sometimes she complained that he never celebrated as the rest of the family. Then Mr. Jones hit in his study, Mrs. Jones had the rest of the house to herself who could clean, dust, and decorated with her usual impatient energy. She was ten years younger then her husband and worked fool-time as a primary school teacher. After organizing a class all day she would rash home and organize everything there including her husband. Mr. Jones told his friends that she got her strength from eating law meat. This joke always made Mrs. Jones a little annoyed - she was a vegetarian.
The two children in the family were helping their mother with the cleaning and decoration. They would rather been reading or watching television, but neither could deny their mother's requests for help. The elder child, Janet, put together a plastic Christmas tree in the lounge and decorated it, while the younger, John, stood on a chair and hanged paper streamers from the ceiling. Janet has just returned from her first term in the university where she studies Russian. John was getting ready to take his own levels in the summer.
An average British family consists of two or four children. At first Mr. Jones only wanted one child, but when Janet was born he decided that he had wanted a son as well as a daughter. Mrs. Jones was sad to have the second child whatever its sex. She had been an only child herself and remembered fill in lonely in her childhood.
Soon the decorations were ready and the family settled down for a quiet Christmas Eve watching the special television programmes, eating nuts and biscuits and drink in wine. Of course, Christmas does not really begins until the Christmas day itself, and then one really celebrate it ! On Christmas morning the Jones is barely had time to swap presents before the rest of the family arrived.
First who come was Aunt Mary, Mr. Jones's youngest sister. She was about forty years old. She got married when she was twenty-three, which was thought two young in Britain. Her husband was only a year older from her and worked as a brick-layer. Soon after their marriage, Mary gave birth to twins boys, and named them Matthew and Mark. After on in a year she produced twins girl , Ruth and Rachel. The only thing that saved Mary from have in two children a year for the rest of her life was a large brick fall which fell on her husband soon after the girls were born. Mary carried her husband and did on her tiny pension until the children were grown-up to go to school. Since then she had worked as a typist.
As soon as their children came the Joneses’ house seemed suddenly crowded. Mrs. Jones had enough Mary talked in the kitchen, preparing the dinner. Janet, Ruth, and Rachel talked about boys and golds and Janet had to answer a lot of questions about university. The boys heal in the garage talking about cars and admiring the motorbike John was repairing in his spare time. Mr. Jones stay in his study with a bottle of whiskey for accompany . By noon the rest of the family arrived : Mrs. Jones' sister, Emily, came along. Emily had buried one husband, divorced to others and was looking for the fourth!
Uncle Peter with his family were the last who came . He was Mrs. Jones' young a brother and his two children were still small. The elder child was five years old and has just started school. The younger was only six months old, and he had been adopted by Peter's and his wife and she told she could never have an other child.
Now when the family was together - parents and children, aunts and uncles and cousins, Mrs. Jones call them all for dinner. The table was laden with food with a traditional turkey in the center surrounded by roast potatoes and vegetables but also pork and duck. Mince pies and Christmas pudding were waited for dessert, and some jelly and ice cream for the younger children. And last keen Mr. Jones came out of his study and said at the head of the table telling everybody to tuck in. Everybody happily stuffed them to save with food except Mrs. Jones who made only potatoes and salad. Of course, she was happy - all her organization worked well. Above all she loved the meal family Christmas!