Sunday 25 December 2011

Christmas Day

Everything is done and if it isn't it won't be now!  Yesterday was a bit of a rush in the morning but nice and relaxing in the afternoon.  All my visitors turned up on time.  DS and A made incredibly delicious pizza for us all (proper pizza, from scratch) and, bless them, left the kitchen spick and span, a kindly touch which I very much appreciated.  DD brought along the sprouts from her allotment and they are now all prepared for cooking.  They're small, firm, little button sprouts which should taste fantastic.  Four of the items on the Christmas dinner table will have been grown by her - the sprouts, the potatoes, the parsnips and the red cabbage.  Thank you very much, love, we're all looking forward to them.

DG brought his keyboard over and I was amazed at how far he has come in such a short time.  He's taking on the technicalities of theory too.  He announces 'I'm going to play this in D sharp major - and he does, partly by ear and partly by interval.  Most impressive.

And now the turkey is up to room temperature, the breakfast table is laid, the ingredients are out for the Christmas muffins and I am enjoying the last vestige of relaxation and quiet I am likely to get all day!

It's all starting now though.

The baby is in the manger . . .

And is it true? and is it true?
The most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window's hue,
A Baby in an ox's stall?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me?

The decorations are up (albeit a bit crookedly).
The carols are playing
The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good.
And I wish all my readers
A very Merry Christmas
and a
Happy, Peaceful and Satisfying
New Year

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