There was hot cider
and some lovely appetizers. The meat came from Christina's adventure to the Babushka's store, in which she tried to explain what kind of meat she wanted to make "Bangers and Mash."
First Christina was offered bacon. She then tried another explanation. Finally the Babushka said, "Oh, you want H O T - D O G!" Um. No. Christina decided the best plan of action was to take something for the appetizers and find the sausages elsewhere. Note the mustard -- Christina and Uncle Bill made it (in the vitamix of course) and turned out 5 jars of the stuff!
We began with a Salmon Bisque which everyone adored. Smooth and light with just the right seafood flavor, this would be attractive even to those who aren't so keen on fish. I felt I was eating a high-end clam chowder:
Then came the presents. Rachel took me by surprise by knitting (in 2 days!) a beautiful scarf for Auntie C:
All the girls received Cowls from Christina. Mine is affectionately named "The Birthday Cake Cowl":
We also received hand-knit sweaters from Christina. So exciting!!! I don't have a picture of mine, but will take one soon:
We had a long conversation about noses. Who was wearing which dead relative's nose...... We had trouble deciding on this one:
I made silk pillows for Christina (from a Laura Ashley formal skirt found at our favorite thrift store):
Then it was time for the Christmas pudding. We were so disappointed that pictures couldn't capture the incredible light show as the flaming pudding was brought into the darkened dining room. Really amazing!
The pudding was gluten free, but you wouldn't know it! Definately the best pudding I've had. And many of us requested seconds on the pudding, and the hard sauce!
Christmas seems to have stretched out for quite some time this year. Last night Michael and I hosted the annual Couples Party which, I think, brings the festivities to a close for the year. Today I'm taking down the trees, putting Christmas away, and tidying the house. Rachel is cooking a surprise for Auntie Em and Michael is off recycling the Christmas trees at a local park.