Any excuse for a party! The lad above couldn't make it to Ireland for 25th December so missed out on the family celebrations ... since he was home this weekend my sister decided that we should do Christmas all over again!
Why not? It is good to celebrate ... and since the actual time of Jesus' birth is unknown ... 26th February is as appropriate as any.
We gathered round the table to pull Christmas crackers, share the silly jokes and enjoy wonderful food. All very traditional fare with one or two little twists. There was home made delicious treacle bread with the soup ... very tasty indeed.
The Great-Nieces adore the soup. Littlest one was totally oblivious to her surroundings as she finished every last drop!
I love how the youngsters can become so totally absorbed in something ... in this case it was a chocolate from a dish on the cheese board.
To create the scene properly there were Christmas decorations around, including a Christmas tree! Actually, two Christmas trees!
And it gave an opportunity to wear some festive earrings!
So what has all this got to do with anything? Nothing really ... just a happy gathering to share a meal around the table and to enjoy the different age groups that make up a fairly typical family. And in it all to remember God and give thanks for food, family and fun.
O God beyond all praising,
we worship you today
and sing the love amazing
that songs cannot repay;
for we can only wonder
at every gift you send,
at blessings without number
and mercies without end:
we lift our hearts before you
and wait upon your word,
we honour and adore you,
our great and mighty Lord.
Church Hymnal number 362
Michael Perry (1942-96)