This would have been a memorable Christmas Day even had it not been the first for two years since the advance of the pandemic.
Following our normal routine with Mat, Tess, and Poppy; Becky and Ian, we began in mid-morning, when everyone had emerged from bedrooms in various stages of sleep and dress, with
the opening of Santa’s stocking presents.
Later, after watching this year’s memorable Queen’s speech, the sitting room was once more littered with the debris while the establishment of some kind of order was attempted in
the opening of major presents.
Of particular note was
Flo’s parcel from Kentucky containing her painting of Durdle Door, being her present to Daddy Ian, leaving him quite overcome.
America was good to us, since we also received a wonderful Shutterfly Photo Album from Jan and Bob Beek from Montana and their daughter DeAna from Switzerland. The photographs and captions form a most engaging set of memorable photographs and prose from Jan who spent much of the time beneath the large red umbrella featured in https://derrickjknight.com/2021/10/02/108208/
Jackie enjoyed the antique Victorian mother of pearl and Brussels lace fan I gave her.
Next, was Christmas dinner at 6 p.m.
By the time I had been served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and parsnips, Tess’s homemade stuffing, pigs in blankets, mashed swede, carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and chestnuts, I wondered how I would add any turkey to my plate. The problem was solved by carver Tess and her helper, the Culinary Queen, stacking the meat on top of the rest. Regular readers will know of Matthew and Becky’s penchant for Grandma pepper. We now have my Mum’s own cruets with which to sprinkle the white pepper on our dinners. We drank a toast with Marlborough aerated Sauvignon Blanc 2018. Other white and red wines were also imbibed.
Afterwards we all decided to have a rest before trying Tess’s Christmas pudding. If it is anything like her Christmas cake it will be worth having left room for.
Thanks a lot, GP
Another great gif, GP
Merry Christmas, Jackie, and Derrick! Your dinner looks so delicious. The first photo with the sea behind you guys is a great photo too, be well, be safe! ❤️☺️??
Thanks you so much, John X
Thanks for sharing your family get together, Derrick! What a feast you all had. And Santa left a Hula-hoop for somebody. Some classics never go out of style.
Thanks very much, Maj. Well spotted
Aha, I must look up the Queens speech. Looks like you all had a marvelous day and night. Expect you’ve now sound a sleep, and of course there is the Boxing Day food that the culinary Queen was preparing a week or so back.
Thanks for sharing your day with us.
Thank you very much, Catherine
Μerry Christmas, Derrick!
Thanks very much, Sofia. You, too
Such a fabulous family feast.
Smiles, happiness and full tummies all round.
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Thank very much, Melanie X
Oh, I missed the Queen’s speech. Getting time zones right is not easy. 3 grand teenagers and their parents will be invading our little house soon so I have time to read and comment on one post. 🙂 These grandchildren have had enough of Christmas food so we’ll disguise it all in Norm’s pizzas. Jackie, I love the owl. It looks like one of those wooden construction kits. I received a white sparkly owl ornament from Norm which I’ll need to find a place for it. Merry Christmas to you both.
Thank you very much, Chrissy. We hope you enjoy the family visit
Merry Christmas to you and Jackie! Being able to get together is wonderful, and the lovely presents and great food are an extra bonus. ❤️
Thank you so much from us both, Merril X
You’re very welcome.
What a beautiful, memorable Christmas, Derrick and Jackie! One can feel the warmth of the room and Christmas spirit in those lovely photos. ❤️
Thank you so much from us both, Lavinia X
A home filled with Christmas cheer! A beauty to behold 😀
Thank you so much, Rosaliene
My hope is for you have a lovely Christmas and peaceful and healthy 2022. Love that feast!!!
Thank you very much, Luanne. May 2022 be happier for you, too
Thank you. I sure hope so.
What a magnificent Christmas Day!
The Queens Speech was indeed memorable. We missed it as we spent the day on a long hike, as is our tradition, but caught up this evening!
Your post today today demonstrates so perfectly the joy of those family Christmas traditions that The Queen spoke of. Precious times 🙂
Thank you so much, Emma. What a lovely tradition you have
What a wonderful time. I listened to Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall read Dickens!
Thank you very much, Cindy – especially for Santa in his sleigh 🙂
Sounds like a wonderful day with tons of excellent food. Happy Christmas.
Thank you for sharing your family Christmas with us, Derrick. What a feast you had! I love Jackie’s fan.Just the thing in the event one is overcome by the vapours.
I’ll think of you when Jackie is next overcome. Thanks very much, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick. 😀
This is how Christmas is supposed to be.It looks like a wonderful gathering, and even more than usually tasty food!
Thank you so much, Linda.
That’s a lovely picture of beautiful Durdle Door.
It certainly is, John. Thank you very much
A feast of fun by the look of it.
One of the best, Tootlepedal. Thank you very much
What a happy gathering you have shown us. Peace and love be yours in 2022.
Thank you very much, Yvonne. I hope the same for you
The bitter-sweet idea of one familiar laugh being missing will resonate with many of us. It’s lovely to see and read about your happy family day.
So true, Susan. Thank you very much
What a beautiful celebration ? all the best to you and yours. Cheers ?
Thanks very much, Donna
Many thanks, Laura. Your good wishes reciprocated
I haven’t listened to the Queen’s speech yet, but you just reminded me and I am tiptoeing away to do it right now. Super pictures!
Thanks very much, Bridget
What a wonderful and happy Christmas! Best wishes for a healthy New Year!
Thanks very much, Mrs N. You, too
Very festive, Derrick. Happy faces all around.
Thanks very much, Steve
Such fun filled family gatherings are a blessing in corona-cursed times. May the merrymaking fill your hearts with everlasting happiness.
Thank you so much, Uma
Reblogged this on lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown and commented:
Wow! That is quite a menu. Sounds delicious and like you hd a wonderful holiday. We, too, opened stockings first thing in the morning.. Merry Christmas…
Thanks a lot, Judy
Oops.. didn’t mean to reblog. For some reason when I tried to comment it reblogged.
Never mind, Judy X
Looks like a wonderful day. You will have to see the masses of presents and the trash and recycling afterwards. We had quiet a Christmas.
Thank you very much, Mrs W. I am sure your Christmas must have been a quiet one. Love to you all
It was my family which totals 6 on the 24th. Wrangler, my mom, and I yesterday.
Merry Christmas, Jackie, Derrick and family!
(((HUGS))) <3 and wishes for peace, joy, love, good health and laughter in the days and months and year ahead!
Thank you very much from us both, Carolyn. Wishing you the same for 2022 X
I hope your Boxing Day feast is just as enjoyable as Christmas Day.
Thank you so much, Sue. It will have to go some 🙂
You have successfully captured the spirit of Christmas. Glad you had a good day!
Thanks very much, Andrew
Quite the dinner! Everyone looks quite happy!
Thank you very much, Sweets
I’m happy you had a nice Christmas celebration with your family, Derrick. Dinner looks yummy!
Thanks very much, Jill
A wonderful celebration in these difficult times.
Thank you very much, Rupali
What a wonderful Christmas spent with family and friends, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Eugi
You’re welcome, Derrick.
The warmth is apparent in the color and narrative of your prose. I never dreamed we would be ducking yet another variant of covid two years in. We enjoyed our small family of four, along with my son’s dog. We later visited my sister, Sharon, who’s no longer able to drive due to advancing MS. Cheers to you and yours, Derrick.
Thank you so much, Alys. I am sorry to learn of Sharon’s worsening condition. Cheers reciprocated.
Thank you, Derrick.
What a delightful Christmas you had! Your photos inspire lotsa smiles! Merry Christmas to you and your darling family. So glad our book brought happy memories to you, too! ?❤️
It did, indeed, Jan. And will continue to do so. Thank you so much. X
I am delighted to see such a wonderful gathering. I imagine you’ll need a day ot two to recover.
. . .and a Happy new year.
Quite so, John. We are are flopping this morning 🙂
May the true spirit of Christmas shine in your heart and light your path.
Lovely comment, Kally. Thank you very much
Looks like a beautiful celebration!
Thanks a lot, Leslie
I like that antique Victorian fan! I also like that you photographed real life scene of wrapping paper debris.
🙂 Much appreciated, JoAnna
What a beautiful day and gorgeous presents ??
Merry Christmas to all of you ?
Thank you so much, Ribana
That looks like one lovely Christmas you all enjoyed
Thanks very much, Geetha
Merry Christmas, Derrick. It looks like you had a lovely day and an amazing supper.
We did. Thank you very much, AnneMarie
Looks like a marvelously festive family gathering – lovely!
Thanks you very much, Dolly
You are very welcome, Derrick.