We had a relatively quiet Christmas this year. spwebdesign
did not need to stay here this year as he's otherwise engaged than the choir at English Martyrs, so we had no house guests. Good thing, too, as we're still not totally recovered from the infestation of bedbugs we had a while back and have bags of clothing that need to be laundered and either hung up or donated to the jumble at church in the spare room. But, we'll get there.
Midnight Mass, which I had prepared for, was a dud. Only four people showed up, including the Rector and HWMBO, so we did not sing anything and it was over by 12:20 am. The Rector ascribed it to the abandonment of the Heygate Estate across New Kent Road, and people not wishing to walk near it to get to church at that late hour. I'm not so sure, but I'll reserve judgment.
While I was preparing for Midnight Mass, the Sky satellite box chose Christmas Eve to die on us. This means no TV until later on in the week, as today is a holiday, and so is tomorrow. So the earliest I can call them to get it replaced is Wednesday, and I can imagine how difficult it will be to get through. Will listen to the Queen's Christmas message on iPlayer later on.
Our neighbour, Mark, had nowhere to go this year so we offered him Christmas lunch. He brought crackers and cheese, and we supplied the lunch. Ham, stuffing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sprouts, with key lime pie for dessert. Befores were stuffed celery, the aforementioned cheese and crackers, and a glass of homemade egg nog.
It's peculiar that in England you must make your own egg nog; no handy quarts of egg nog in the supermarkets. So I did, just enough for three glasses. When Mark got his, he took a sip and said, "Ah, Christmas in a glass!" which seems to encapsulate the holiday season well enough.
We did not exchange presents. This is deliberate, for whatever I buy for HWMBO is just not right. So I don't dare give him anything as he won't like it, guaranteed. We have the present of each other, and that is just about right.
The key lime pie (made with regular limes) was good, but I still didn't chop the lime zest quite finely enough. However, I don't think I'll try it again as it's much too sweet for me. It does taste good, though.
Today is Boxing Day, the origins of which name are shrouded in history and much argued over. The Tube drivers are mostly on strike, which makes it difficult to go anywhere. So we'll just stay at home today and savour the peace and quiet.
I hope that you all had a very nice Christmas, are having a good Boxing Day (if you celebrate it), and will have a happy and prosperous New Year.