Not being in the at Christmas time... For me has mixed emotions. What I do not miss is the overwhelming, all consuming commercial pressure that starts at month 6. Very little as to the true reason we celebrate this special period. The birth of Christ.
The is a 95% Catholic country and the churches are always full EVERY Sunday so come such an important event the people are packed inside and the others having to stand outside and the service fed via loudspeakers. That is for six mass services starting at 5am.
We were well protected and well provided for being cared for in the NCH and I simply loved the Christmas time we all shared with Sister Pearl. Christmas evening we all sat around the fire and called up the chimney to Santa with our wishes and hopes. Waking the next morning to see the stocking hanging off the bed bursting with gifts. This is one of the things we do here and the girls love it. The other is hiding the parcels all around the house and they have to search for those that have their name on.
Porkpie. Mince pies, Jelly Trifle, Christmas cake and Pudding ect ect… A trip to Tesco? Sainsbury? Not a chance. A trip (3hrs by car) to the local market to buy a pig, yes a whole pig, then the boys will slaughter it in our outside kitchen and into the freezer until needed. Flour, sugar, rice ect is ordered by the 25-45 kilo sack with the things like butter and cheese has to be imported from or Ozz. All the ingredients have to be located in good time and then I can plan the cooking schedule. Things like veg and stuff is grown in our garden which shares space with the goats and chicken stock. Our kitchen is considered up market by many because we have an oven and full size stove. Ha ha pretty standard stuff in but posh na posh here. Whenever we go to my in laws house in the mountains all food is cooked on a wood fire. My love for tea means a ready fire at all times. Keeps my wife on her toes he he he.
Where ever you are in the world, have a happy Christmas and give a thought for those who do not have anything but hope in their lives. There are many such people here in .
Bobbie an girls