Thursday, January 3, 2019

LAST POST OF OUR CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

As our son and daughter-in-law were off to spend time with her parents, we tend to eat an early meal.  It was served at 1.00 p.m.  I have to say how much we appreciate that they start their day with us, and then go over to d-in-l's parents, to eat another traditional meal in the early evening.  They share their company and we appreciate it more than words can say.  They have done this for many special meals over the years.  Our friend had baked and brought with her a collection of Christmas cookies and sausage roll bites, also a salad to go with the main meal, and a Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. All delicious and recipes were asked for.  Our traditional meal is a Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, Potatoes, Carrots and Parsnips which are roasted around the beef.  We also served asparagus and Brussels sprouts, and yes ate leftovers for a while!  I never did get around to the Green Bean Casserole I intended to make.  There was also a Yule Log to go with the dessert.
Since childhood I have known the tradition of Christmas Crackers, and you can find them fairly easily over here now.  I found mine in World Market.  A very interesting history of how these came to be can be found here.  Ours were very strong this year as they gave a loud pop when pulled.  If you pull hard enough, what ever is inside can go flying across the floor or the table!  Inside are paper crowns, party favors and jokes and riddles, which were read as we started eating our meal.
I am putting the cart before the horse as first of all we exchanged gifts.




And practiced taking selfies.
The tripod is over there in the corner, mother says!



And finally, after several photos were taken by various family members... 

  we used the tripod.  The one below made me laugh.  His Dad and I gave son advice, patiently waiting as he set things up and watching as he quickly walked around after he set the timer.
We took several and this was the best one of the lot. We were all staring at the camera and no eyes were closed.  Thank you son!

This is the last of our Christmas photos, until next December.  It was as always a very special day.

Thanks for stopping by.




30 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas, Denise! Your table and food look delicious and quite festive. I love the crowns and the crackers. Our Christmas photos are not good enough to share on my blog--your's are lovely. ♥

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    1. I am so glad you enjoy my post Martha Ellen :)

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  2. I could look at your Christmas pictures for all of January! They are so wonderful! I love buying the crackers, and very much enjoyed reading their history. Picture #7 is shaky, but what a gorgeous effect it made! So even your mistakes are beautiful! Do you see the tree in the rear right? It looks bedecked with gorgeous lighted streamers! What an awesome meal! I would not even begin to know how to make a standing rib roast! Everyone is so happy and beautiful

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    1. Thank you Ginny, I liked that effect too in No. 7. Swirly lights are always pretty in photos, even when they are a mistake. You would do great at making a rib roast, I'm sure of it.

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  3. I am so very glad that you had such a special love filled day.

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  4. So lovely of you to share these moments Denise. I loved reading the menu for your Christmas feast - so delicious.
    I find taking selfies is still pretty hard but it's really a good thing to know for a group or when travelling I think.
    Your dear family all look really happy and festive xx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them Sue. Thank you for your sweet comments.

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  5. Wow Great Day happy New Year from Poland

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    1. Hello Gosia, thank you and the same to you :)

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  6. Enjoyed this, Denise. It took me back many years to when my aunt was hostess to six brothers and sisters and their families. Oh happy days.

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    1. Glad this brought back happy memories Valerie.

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  7. the table is beautiful and I wondered why the crowns but you answered that with the cracker popping. I had never heard of crackers, but this year have seen several posts including yours about them. I can tell everyone was having a great time. very nice family memories captured for the future

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    1. Thank you Sandra, crackers are becoming popular over here.

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  8. What a brilliant idea ... having two Christmases on that special day. Your family sharing of themselves is what it's all about. Lovely! And the daughter-in-law is SO cute!

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    1. Thank you Penelope, she is a cute and lovely young lady. I feel very blessed to have such a caring daughter-in-law.

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  9. You had a lovely Christmas by the sound of it.

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  10. It looks like you had a good Christmas.

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  11. Looks like lots of fun. Take care Diane

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  12. I sure enjoyed seeing the photos from your Christmas...that last one is one to be printed and framed!

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    1. Happy to hear that Rose, A lovely idea on the last photo. Thank you :)

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  13. Wonderful memories were made, thanks for sharing!

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    1. They certainly were. You are very welcome Christine and thank you :)

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  14. I went back and looked at all your .christmas posts and enjoyed all of them so much. Lovely times with family and friendship! Your day looked so fun here ..and that dinner so good! I also really liked the sound of that peanut and chestnut soup you had at that inn (in an earlier post). What a great holiday week! And now a happy new year to all! And thanks for all the great shares.

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    1. Thank you Sallie, I am always happy when you enjoy these posts. I hope yours was a great one and Happy New Year!

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  15. What a beautiful Christmas you enjoyed.
    We always have Christmas crackers, it's part of our family Christmas tradition.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, nice to know we have the same Christmas Cracker tradition :)

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