Hello friends. How are you travelling? Christmas calm or chaos?
Christmas has me thinking about many things this year, quite possibly over thinking. Cheery carols, mountains of Christmas paraphernalia in the shops and expectations of perfect family gatherings can all be a bit overwhelming. I have been thinking about life, families, friendships and ageing and the dynamics of it all.
For me the real meaning of Christmas comes from the small efforts and gestures, not from gigantic roast turkeys or lavish gifts. Our children took full creative control of our tree this year and did their own gift shopping which I just know is going to be a big surprise! In years to come I hope it is these moments that they remember.
I have mentioned here before that my family are scattered far and wide so this year the focus will be on our immediate family closer to home. I am planning on cooking a version of this duck recipe and maybe this salad . There will be homemade focaccia and thickly sliced ham and a glass or too of something bubbly. There could be some yabby catching in the afternoon and possibly a scramble for the right sized batteries to fit some sort of small tractor or truck throughout the day.
You might like to read this practical advice from Pip at Meet Me At Mikes about staying cool and calm throughout this busy time. Thank you Pip for your constant wisdom.
Can you imagine baking Christmas treats for the Royal family and their guests? You might like this article from the kitchen at Buckingham Palace . I just love this stuff.
For those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to you.
For those who don’t, best wishes for 2019 and I wish you a peaceful time, whatever you are up to.
Thank you for sticking with me in 2018.
Happy Sunday, friends x