Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Well, somehow it’s that time of year again. I can tell by the amount of egg nog that’s in my fridge. It’s an annual tradition! With or without the Baileys. Delicious!
This year I was lucky enough to host my SINers (Sunset International Neighbours) Christmas lunch. I have written before about the monthly lunches with my ladies (we’re going on 28 years of monthly gatherings!), but until now another SINer, my good friend and walking buddy Jean, had hosted our Christmas do. This year she passed the torch to me and I set about decorating the house in preparation.
I prepared TWO whole turkeys, because I was expecting up to 40 people! Served complete with gravy and cranberry sauce, of course. I had four tables prepared, (five if you count the coffee table). We had people seated in the alfresco, at the kitchen table, in the rear courtyard, and in the the formal dining and lounge. It’s not often that all of those spaces get a workout in my house. Normally it’s just me and my husband rattling around. Unless our children have moved back in with us. Again. I often think about installing a revolving door for them. My house is always open, for family and friends. This luncheon was no exception!
And what a selection of dishes everyone supplied! Alongside my turkey, we had risotto, salads, quiche, beans, soups, and the many desserts were to die for! My daughter had planned to arrive early to set up, but her Christmas fruit tree took a little too long to put together. She stayed to help tidy afterwards though. A few of the ladies pitched in to help before leaving too.
We usually get everyone to bring a gift to exchange in Secret Santa style, but I also like to collect knick knacks myself, to use in a game of While Elephant. You each get a number and have an opportunity to either open a gift, or steal an already opened one from someone else. It can be great fun! Top gifts this year were the Trump toilet paper, a small set of screwdrivers, and some cheese knives. You don’t know if your present is safe until the last gift has been opened! This is a tradition I first experienced with my husband’s family in Canada. I recall many Christmas gatherings where we gleefully pinched presents off one another. Once year we were all too terrified of taking a plush bathrobe from my husband’s mother, she loved it so!
Whatever your Christmas traditions or holiday plans may be, I wish you all a good time.
Funny thing: I bought 40 Xmas crackers and forgot to give them away. Well, next year, right?
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Alycee.