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Christmas 2008

17 February, 2009

We had an (almost) traditional English Christmas at home in Southampton.

Bek and Brett came to visit for Christmas, arriving on Christmas eve. Sadly, I was ill – the fault of too many client Christmas lunches, methinks – and did not even offer them a cup of tea when they arrived in from the cold. However, Nic arrived home from a Christmas eve party shortly after Bek and Brett turned up so good hospitality was restored.

On Christmas Day, Gizem (a friend in Southampton) joined us for lunch of …

  • roast chicken with all the trimmings (roast potatoes, parsnips and carrots and sauteed brussels sprouts),
  • Christmas pudding,
  • mince pies,
  • gingerbread cookies in the shape of stars and Christmas trees (made by Bek!),
  • mulled cider, and
  • chestnuts, roasted over an open fire.
Some silly people around their Christmas dinner.

Some silly people around their Christmas dinner.

Bek and Brett had brought us a box of organic and fairtrade gourmet goodies from the Borough Market and we tucked into some of the offerings, although were actually much too full from lunch to really dig in. Mostly, we drank the mint and chilli tea!

We spent the whole morning lazily preparing lunch, with everyone mucking in, and the rest of the day pulling crackers, eating, pulling some more crackers, and sitting about chatting and poking at the fire.

It was magical – especially the open fire in our fireplace – and even more magical when the electricity went out, so we had to light candles and sit around in the candlelight, enjoying the good company.

We listened to the Queen’s Christmas speech and toasted her with gin and tonic, as one must, and in the evening watched a new Wallace and Grommit show.
Nic lighting the fire.

Nic lighting the fire.

Oanh and Bek and a plate of Christmas cookies and mince pies.
Oanh and Bek and a plate of Christmas cookies and mince pies.  Ginger Christmas Tree cookie, made by Bek.
What we did when the lights went out.
What we did when the lights went out.
Brett playing with some fake snow.

Brett playing with some fake snow.

And that was it. A lovely, relaxing day with friends – a perfect way to spend Christmas when we are otherwise far from home and loved ones.
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