Christmas time is here

Christmas has come and gone but I still feel festive! It was a great week!

We started the week by going grocery shopping and stocking stuffing. We figured with Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day all coming we should have food. I have been going to the grocery store daily since arriving so stocking up wasn’t a bad idea. It was a beautiful and delightful day to grocery shop on Wednesday. It was one of the first sunny days this month so we enjoyed it immensely.

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Dinner after our shopping day: Pear, Lancashire and honey crostini

Christmas Eve was a beautiful day again! We woke up to a sun! It was a great gift. We popped out of bed and went to City Screen, in town, and watched It’s A Wonderful Life on a big screen. That movie is John’s very favorite Christmas movie so it was a real treat. After the movie we had cream tea at Bennett’s, a little cafe that looks out on York Minster.  We have both been wanting to go there since we moved here and had not made it. I am glad we saved it for such a special day. After the wonderful morning and tea time we headed home to get ready for skyping with our lovely family. Skype is a wonderfully wonderful invention, especially around the holidays. It made our Christmas very special.

We had a tasty candle lit dinner and then I baked a little for our Christmas Day feast. Afterwards we opened presents from E-mama and Auntie Molly and Uncle PeterG while talking via the amazing Skype. It is a tradition to open something on the eve of Christmas. Merry Christmas Eve! So it ended, rather late but very happily.

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Christmas morning began earlier than either of us wanted, having gone to bed very late. (We had to make sure Santa visited us ;D) We quickly got dressed and bustled to York Minster for the Eucharist Service. We sang beautiful hymns, heard the Christmas Story, and listened to the choir sing some of Palestrina’s Missa Hodie Christus Natus est. After church we went home to open stockings. John played an excellent Santa 😀 He got my my very own red Mini Cooper!!!!!!! wine stopper….. hahaha Hot chocolate and scrambled eggs followed and then it was time for the presents under the tree. I got so much crafty stuff I am going to be busy for a while! More skyping with people ensued and it was a lovely lovely day!

Our Christmas feast consisted of:
 Whisky and Honey Roast beef 
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes 
Glazed Carrots
Steamed Broccoli
Knock-off Olive Garden Bread Sticks
Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
and
Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade
After many laughs, a game of Chinese Checkers, tea and more Pumpkin bar, we went to bed happy!
Boxing Day went by in a hurry because I woke up at 3pm. Never in my life have I awoken at such a late hour. It was nice. 🙂 Leftovers were had and cross stitching  commenced.
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The finished Santa 🙂
Today was glorious! We had a castle adventure at Clifford’s Tower (aka York Castle). Then we walked around and documented the very flooded Ouse and ate at Gert and Henry’s. 
Merry Christmas and Happy Happy New Year!
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