|The New Born Child by Georges de la Tour
Well, it's Christmas Eve. I'm nearly ready for an influx of guests at around one o'clock. I have things to do, of course, including cooking the ham (which didn't thaw completely yesterday) and prepping the turkey and the sprouts (because I really couldn't be bothered yesterday) but that won't take too long. I might even get a bit of a sit down at some point. That would be nice.
Yesterday was hectic but I made the biscotti (nice) and also some stollen which I have never made before. I used a simple recipe and it worked out very well indeed. The results are delicious. I've frozen half for another time and half is well wrapped and waiting for a suitable occasion.
In the evening I got the pressies wrapped and under the tree which looks lovely. Small piles of little parcels and, for once, I will have the same number of pressies as everyone else. Now I'm no longer a class teacher, you see . . . In some previous years, because of the demands of the Christmas Dinner, I have had to finish opening them much later. Not this year though.
It's time for coffee and then the ham goes in and I shall get the turkey from the shed and do the necessary. Fingers crossed it is not too huge . . . I still remember the time all their turkeys grew rather more than expected and instead of a 7 to 8k one, I got one that was so huge I had to cut off the legs to get it in the roasting tray. Not being a butcher, I made a right hash of it too! It was nice to have the extra meat though!
Have a great day and don't work too hard, OK?