Christmas is over for another year. I did not write about Christmas preparations because there really were not any preparations. We arrived back at the beginning of December from our 4 week trip to the UK. I had organised a week at the beach earlier in the year and bought experience gifts for our daughters and granddaughters.
I planned the menu, gathered up the food and utensils as well as some beach attire and headed off last weekend.
We had a delightful week of relaxation and casual living. The biggest decision I had to make was whether to do some more of the jigsaw or play another game of ‘Upwords’.
My daughter and I went to church on Christmas Eve.
The menu for Christmas Day was chosen to fit with hot weather at the beach and there were next to no leftovers.
Proscuitto wrapped asparagus and haloumi
Cold curried chicken
Parsley and cranberry crusted salmon
Mango and avocado salad
Beetroot and feta salad
Green bean salad with slivered almonds
Meringue roulade with berries and pistachio nuts
A couple of days after Christmas I finally wrote a Christmas letter and emailed it to my close friends.
So, that was it – no tree, no decorations, no mad rushing around choosing gifts for the sake of it, no looking for a hundred ways to serve ham in January. I know that this is simply not feasible for many people but every second year our Christmas is an adults only affair so we can approach the day quite differently.
I feel as though I drifted through the second half of 2017 in a haze of inertia following the death of A (our daughter’s partner) in May so relaxing with all of my immediate family was just the antidote we all needed.
I don’t have any major resolutions or grand plans for next year, however, I look forward to 2018 with the optimism that seems to greet every new year.
I hope your Christmas was what you had hoped and all the best for the New Year.
My next blog post will be looking forward to 2018 which conveniently begins on a Monday. I like the idea of a nice, neat start to the week and year. Anyone else feel like this?