Christmas Day

As usual, I stayed up late on Christmas Eve, tidying and cleaning and setting the tables.

We had one on the verandah and one inside. Table outside for nibbles and drinks. Inside one for the dinner.

In the past all of my in-laws have come. BiL, his wife and three kids. SiL and her two kids. MiL and her partner.

There’d often be others. Friends. Cousins. Some of my family. FiL, until he passed away.

This year it is a vastly diminished gathering. One of my sons is stuck in LA airport. He missed his connecting flight. He won’t have Christmas Day at all. He gets on the plane on Christmas Eve and lands on Boxing Day.

BiL’s wife decided she and the three kids were not coming this year. Though they came for drinks. There’s no visiting family from overseas. Friends we’ve asked in the past have either died or moved interstate. MiL has dementia and no longer has a boyfriend.

We had dip and French style goats cheese with crackers,nuts, and chips. Not as much as we have had in the past as we are flying out tomorrow so can’t have leftovers. No prawns. Mr S left the smoked salmon in our car so no salmon on blinis. What a waste!!!

For mains we had ham, turkey breast, lamb, roast potatoes, roast sweet potatoes, peas with gravy, cranberry sauce, red current jelly and mint jelly.

Dessert? Pav. Fruit. Christmas cake. Chocolates.

A day of food, drink, family, music, drink, conversation and laughter.

I hope all my readers had a merry Christmas!

PS: the toilet brush went over well. Mr S laughed all evening at the book which rubbishes Australian towns.

And I got this ornament in memory of my trip to the ballet.

8 thoughts on “Christmas Day

  1. It’s a huge effort hosting others. It looks beautiful. I’m full of admiration for those who host (and especially in awe after finishing up the school year the week before!) Feel sorry for your son though. “Lost in transit” fulfilling its real meaning.

    I came here looking for the verdict on the toilet brush! Hilarious!

    Any verdict on the flight upgrade bid?

    Wishing you safe travels and can’t wait to see your next travel blogs! xx

  2. Must have been a thing for DH’s to forget food in the car. A container from Christmas Eve dinner at daughter’s house was missed by mine. At least it wasn’t as costly as smoked salmon! Yikes. Sorry about son getting stuck in LA. Safe travels on your post-Christmas holiday.

  3. My family, and those who can make it for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, have changed so much over the years. Due to age and distance, the number of people at the table gets smaller every year. It is great that you hosted and welcomed everyone who was available. I can’t imagine doing a big holiday meal and then leaving town the next day! How far ahead of time did you pack?

    I look forward to a photo of you at Golden Gate Bridge, I recommend the Alcatraz trip, and you must buy some See’s chocolates!

  4. You had the same main course as we did!
    We didn’t have dessert, even though people brought them. My SIL rang me while we were opening presents to let us know that my brother had had a stroke that morning. As soon as the presents were finished I told everyone, so that finished the day, of course. Mum and Dad were straight to the hospital and no one felt like eating.
    It’ll be a Christmas we won’t forget in a hurry!
    (He’s doing as well as can be expected.)
    I hope your trip is fantastic and that you enjoy Alcatraz. My son went and he enjoyed it.

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