Bill and I were lucky enough to be invited to spend Christmas Day with some of our oldest friends. Look at this inviting, comfortable living room, with it's lovely snacks. I can highly recommend the sausage rolls!
The table in the dining room says, "You have been invited to dinner!"
I peaked out into the back yard. Just enough snow to make it look like Christmas.
We were going to have a gift-less Christmas this year, but the gifts crept back in on their own. How does that happen?
It was so much fun to be with friends old and new,
enjoying the snacks, and catching up.
Soon it was time to fill our plates
and take our places at the table.
Bill and Harriet in Christmas Cracker crowns.
And here is our traditional Christmas dinner. Roast turkey and stuffing with roasted potatoes, steamed brussels sprouts, mashed yams, green beans fried in butter with garlic and slivered almonds, and the whole plate set off by a home-made pomegranate chutney. It is here we become mindful of our many blessings.
[2 Jan 2011] Here is a postscript -- a photograph taken by one of our Christmas hosts: a welcome reminder that their back garden will flourish again.