Christmas Day here was a celebration of family, friends, lots of laughter, silliness and a lunch that lasted until early evening. We had a brilliant day which was very relaxed, so much so we did not commence the meal itself until 3pm. Before that we listened to music,chatted, ate nuts and a variety of other nibbles prepared by Prue, which were delicious(as was the lovely spinach salad she also prepared).
Daniel, my brother was unable to make it due to work commitments but he did call during the afternoon and we had a lengthy conversation. He was disappointed he could not be with us but he is trying to organise coming down from the country for New Year. We are planning a BBQ for New Year’s Eve so it could really turn into a big night if he does make it!As I have mentioned in previous entries, although I have one sister and five brothers, it is Daniel with whom I have always been very close. Even as children we were close and because he is single he has been an integral member of my own immediate family and an occasion is not an occasion without him.He was not alone yesterday, as he an aunt and cousin went to lunch before he was due to commence work. He said it was great to be waited on for a change, as being in the hospitality business himself, he seldom is afforded that luxury!
Today, I have been catching up with a few friends on the phone, something I had intended to do last night but I was so tired, I went to sleep not long after everyone went home. One call I am looking forward to is to my dear friend of more than 35 years John, who lives in Queensland. He works in the mines in Western Australia and will be back home for a few days. We never fail to have a long telephone conversation on either Christmas night or Boxing Day and it in itself has become a tradition. We have supported each other through good times and bad, over many years and in his case, many marriages . Ha Ha! I will call him after dinner tonight.
Other than the phone calls today, it has been very quiet here, which I do not mind at all 🙂