Surrounded by laughter, by voices raised in song and joy, in sharing of love and friendship, Christmas came alive.
Tired today. Got up early yesterday to prepare the stuffing for the bird.
It was such a big bird it had to enter the oven earlier than any I've ever cooked before. Which meant, my Christmas bread didn't get made. The gluten free chocolate cake didn't get baked and the puff pastry appetizer didn't get cooked.
The living room before transformation
When the kids returned from their dad's, we opened presents and moved furniture around so that the living room became the dining, and the dining the living room. We set up three tables and everyone went off for a nap while I did my favourite Christmas Day activity -- decorating the table.
Jessica, a friend of the girls, has been staying with us over Christmas as her family lives in the Maritimes and she couldn't get back for the holidays. Pressed into service, she painted the final four wine glasses.Jessica at work -- Painting Glasses
Alexis awoke from her nap and cleaned out the fridge -- thank you! It's a miracle! There's actually room to put leftovers.
The guest room was tidied up and by five o-clock when my mother and sister and her husband arrived -- we were almost ready for the festivities to begin.
And begin they did. I don't know what time they went until, but it seems everyone had a great time.
By 11:30 I was so dead tired I quietly slipped off to bed to leave Charles and the younger folk to play.... What if?
It was, a magical day. An evening of good food, wine, friendship and communion.
It was what Christmas is all about for me.
Being part of a circle of love that cannot be broken.