Hello. I trust you had a good Christmas. I'm posting today with some random photos of our Christmas. After going to the midnight service at the Cathedral with our younger daughter and children on Christmas Eve the rest of our days over the holidays have been spent enjoying time with our family. Our other daughter is still with us for a few more days and one of the highlights of Christmas was that her son, our oldest grandson, came for a surprise visit on Christmas Day and stayed over at our local daughter's home. This meant we could have another family meal at our house and then the following day our son and family also spent the day with us all.
We had many lovely gifts given to us, one of them being a hamper of goodies.
Our granddaughter made a gingerbread house whilst our
older daughter made a delicious Christmas cake and brought
a limoncello panettone with her as well as other homemade food
from her sons who couldn't join us because they were working
over Christmas and are also working during the New Year, one being
in the hospitality trade in London.
Mr. P. took us out to one of our regular places that we like to go to
especially at this time of the year. I've written about Castleton in Derbyshire
many times before as it's a pretty village in the High Peaks and is always well
decorated for the season. It's also a good place to go to buy gifts and after Christmas
some of the small gift shops have sales so you can get some bargains - my kind of sale
and much more pleasant than being amongst the city crowds.
We had lunch of tomato and basil soup and a baguette roll
at one of the pubs. Mr. P. had a spicy chicken baguette with salad and chipped
potatoes. We were just about to take photos outside the pub when a passer-by kindly
offered to take a photo of the three of us.
We went in St. Edmund's church which usually has a Christmas tree festival
before Christmas in aid of charity and although the specially decorated trees
by different organisations had been removed the church was still beautifully decorated.
By the time we left it was getting dark and the Christmas trees outside each little shop
along the main street had been turned on.
Tonight we shall be stopping in as usual with our daughter. There will be a glass of Prosecco and a slice of panettone to enjoy as we watch the count down to the New Year on the live television broadcast from the River Thames Embankment in London. We'll enjoy the firework display from the comfort of our armchair and give thanks for the many blessings that have come our way in the last year. Thank you once more, my friends, for your continued support and visits to my blog. Looking forward to meeting up with you once more in the New Year and catching up with your news. Tomorrow we continue hosting as we are joined by our local daughter and her two children for another family meal tomorrow evening.