Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, from our home to yours.
The Christmas Mice
Our Christmas Day started with the traditional family breakfast of hot croissants filled with ham and cheese, and a pot of “real” coffee. Then we joined friends Dot and Derek and son Brent for Christmas Lunch out at a local restaurant, The George. With three lunch sittings, the place was heaving with people, most of them oldies out with grown children, it seemed, and some of the patrons looked so much older than us, we commented. Unfortunately, our table was situated right by the door, and the cold wind blew in every time there were comings and goings.
Dining out for Christmas Lunch
Dinner was buffet style so we all went to help ourselves. There was a nice selection of food, and we helped ourselves to an entrée, where I tried an artichoke for the first time, and for the main course there was roast beef, chicken, hot ham, and baked salmon. There was no contest for me, salmon it was, delicious, served in a nice creamy sauce. Later on dessert, and what could be nicer to finish our meal than Christmas Pudding, custard and whipped cream!
Back home for a well deserved Nana nap in the afternoon, we then phoned and chatted to family to catch up on their Christmas Day news. Gemma has decided that climbing up behind the village snow scene is a great place to hunker down and hide. Must admit it took a while to find her there.
We realise we are so lucky living here without any restrictions in place (at the moment, depending on the situation changing). We have been told than plans have been formulated, ready to put in place, in case the virus appears again as community transmission. It must be so difficult for people in other countries to have to curtail their Christmas celebrations with family, and having a much quieter time than usual, but in these trying times, needs must. Hoping things will get better worldwide soon for everyone.
I’m leaving you with a picture of our New Zealand Christmas Tree, the pohutakawa, snapped in Palmerston North on a recent trip, which flowers at this time of year. It is said that the crimson flowers predict a long, hot Summer. Merry Christmas, everyone.
Christmas Greetings from New Zealand