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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

4 January 2011: Midsummer Christmas

Our forebears bequeathed us in Africa the images of Christmas amongst snowdrifts, with holly bedecked halls, Yule tide logs and heavy, rich Christmas cuisine. At last we are developing our own style of midsummer Christmas suitable for a hot Highveld day with late afternoon thunderstorms to cool down the air.

Surrounded by the palms on my sister-in-law's patio, sunlight played on the table as we waited for the starter. Turkey and cold gammon were served with old-fashioned favourites: Ouma Ray's potato salad, Carla's choice of carrot salad and bowls of tossed greens. Dessert was cherry trifle and it was washed down with a crisp savignon blanc, merlot, juice and jugs of ice water.

Jethro made Cath and Carla smile.

And the two cousins struck a formal pose for Jethro's first Christmas ever.
Carla and Reinhart sorted the presents just to be sure that the piles were accurate.


Raph G. Neckmann said...

Happy New Year to you, Eleanor! Looks like you had a lovely Christmas with lots of laughter, love and sunshine. May 2011 bring you much joy and happiness.

Gaelyn said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday spent with family. I've only celebrated Christmas in summer like conditions twice and it seemed strange. But I believe I could get used to it.
May the new year bring you health and happiness.