Hello, and Happy Christmas to all of you. I know that some people think that Christmas is over now, but I'm a traditionalist and as far as I'm concerned, 28th December is the fourth of the twelve days of Christmas.
We are having a quiet, gentle time. On Christmas Day we went to church before driving over to The Teacher's and Flashman's house and she cooked the dinner - she's been helping her father cook the Christmas dinner since she was twelve years old so we had no fears, but she was vegetarian then so she's never cooked the meat before. Roles were reversed and this year, the Best Beloved was her sous chef. She did a fine job with the goose -
The Mathematician raised a toast to Grandma and brought tears to our eyes. After dinner, we played board games and laughed quite a lot, especially when trying to work out where they are going to put the full-sized pool table which Flashman's parents bought him for Christmas!!
We came home in the evening, turned on our Christmas tree lights, lit the fire and the candles and opened our presents. We've never opened our presents in the evening before, never had a Christmas Day like this one before, but as our children grow up and their lives change, we have to change too. It's life, and this year was a good one for things to be different.
So, as I contemplate what kind of chocolate to eat this evening and what kind of wine to drink, I leave you with something seasonal: today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the day when we remember the story told in St Matthew's Gospel of how King Herod ordered the execution of all baby boys in and around Bethlehem, so here are Show of Hands singing Innocents' Song, a setting of Charles Causley's poem, accompanied by the Urban Soul Orchestra.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x