Wednesday, 26 December 2012

christmas dinner

Yesterday, for the first time in our married lives, there were just the two of us for Christmas Dinner as all the daughters were committed to visiting their other families on The Day and my sister is not arriving until the weekend when there will be more of the extended family around.  In the past I sometimes used to feel the victim of other people's expectations of Christmas, so we've never insisted that our family have to be around to fulfil particular rituals and we were happy with that.

In fact daughter no. 1 invited us over for Christmas breakfast, so we were able spend time with them and exchange some presents early in the day and then we went off for a walk in the woods.

I had bought a venison fillet for our Christmas dinner and was a little bit anxious about cooking it, as it only needed ten minutes in the oven and I didn't want to spoil it.  Step forward one of my trusty spreadsheets, proof (if any were needed) that I am a control freak at heart!

I'm glad to say that it was delicious and we very much enjoyed our day.  I hope you did too.


  1. Your last instruction to 'Eat' is my favourite!

  2. We've haven't done a 'just the two of us for Christmas dinner' thing yet. Good to hear yours went well. Think I'll do a timetable next year as I forgot to put the duchess potatoes into the oven and had to resort to quick blast in the microwave.

  3. Hello there - thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog about the chutney, that is very kind of you. I am so glad you liked it.

    We had venison for Christmas lunch a couple of years ago. We found that it was delicious warm but didn't give the nice cold cuts that turkey or ham does. But sometimes it's so nice to have a change!

    Gillian x

  4. Just read over at Roobeedoo that it's your 40th anniversary tomorrow (or could be today - Aussie timeframe is different). Congratulations!
    Love your attitude towards Christmas, and the catching up with family. So many 'adults' demand that all family are at the right house, at the right time - takes all the sparkle out of catching up with the family members.
    Off to have a peek around your blog...J

  5. That Christmas dinner sounds delicious! I know what you mean about expectations ... we were at half strength in the end this year, which was fine by me.

    I'm far too late to wish you Happy Christmas Moira, so Happy New Year instead :D