Lucky because Christmas has always been a huge affair, with cousins to play with and a great Christmas atmosphere.
Today we had Hewitt Christmas, it is more often held before Christmas now as all the grand kids (that's me) have grown up and have partners and more children and the logistics get too hard.
So what is it like to spend a Christmas lunch with around 65 family members?
Well, there is the food. Plenty of food. And you will eat seconds even if you don't want to, because it is so yummy.
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When a cousin shares bouquets of the herbs from her garden, your 88 year old Grandpa will ask if that is marijuana.
Your children are shy for the first three hours and hang off your legs, then when it is time to go they will hide in the toilets so they don't have to leave.
You accept that there is no chance you will get a decent photo of all the great grand kids, so you put Grandma and Grandpa at the back and just pile the kids onto the rug and all start snapping. Four new babies to the clan this year and one extra on the way.
The 5 year old will look at this pile of presents and whisper, "Do you think there might be one for me there?"
She will nearly wet her pants with excitement when ten presents appear with her name on them. Your mother will dress you in matching Christmas dresses, and if she is a blogger she will have stolen the pattern from Pinterest.
Even though you have eaten enough for the week, you will return home with a little bowl of extra treats.
Going to bed at 6.30pm in your party dress because you are too tired to even walk is considered ok.
You will all say farewell with a "See you at Easter?"
Do you have the fortune of a big family?
And yes, for those that can't help themselves but ask, we are Catholic.