When I was young we had the most wonderful Christmases. My amazing Mum made everything home cooked, the house looked beautiful with all the Christmas things she and my Dad had collected on their travels over the years. Christmas Day was filled with family, food and love. We ate at lunchtime then in the afternoon their was games, stopping of course at 3pm to watch The Queens annual address to the nation on television. The atmosphere was so cosy in their house, it really was a special day that I looked forward to every year. As the years went by my sister moved hundreds of miles away with her family, so it was just my husband and I and my parents (I should mention that my husbands parents passed away many years ago). We kept up the tradition for many years, taking turns to stay at each others homes. But, times change, my lovely Mum passed away over four years ago now, and as you may have read in previous blogs, my Father moved on immediately with another woman. Because of that I am unable to have anything to do with her, I feel I would be betraying my Mum, like he did, so Christmas is just the two of us. At first I dreaded it, not because my husband and I don’t get along, we are fantastic pals, but I was so used to a houseful of people, fun, laughter and socialising. As it happens we were invited to friends for Christmas Day a couple of times, they had a house full of kids, grand kids etc.. It was a lot of fun, very busy! But the last two years it’s just been the two of us, AND it has been wonderful! I make sure we have all our favourite foods in, nice wine and champers, and we have a lovely day together. We get up and dressed nicely, at 11.30am we have a glass of champagne and open our gifts, Christmas music and carols playing in the background, as you can imagine we spoil each other rotten! We have a light lunch of something decadent, this year will be scallops on black pudding with minted pea puree and home made bread. In the afternoon we play board games or cards, for money (pennies!!!). At 4.30pm there is a little happy hour with beautiful nibbles from a fancy store, we eat at 6.30pm, this year it will be fillet steak with whisky cream sauce (home made, Pierre is an excellent cook), garlic sauté potatoes and asparagus. we are not dessert people but there is homemade Christmas cake and cheeses for later. We watch a movie, chat, enjoy some nice wine and that’s the day over before your know it! We keep saying we’ll take a walk in the afternoon, never happens! We do of course still watch The Queen at 3pm. People feel sorry for us being just the two at Christmas, but we love it and turn down all invites now to enjoy our special Christmas Day.
Wishing you all dear readers a lovely Thanksgiving and holiday season, Whatever your country, or faith or belief, may you be as lucky as Pierre and I!