Friday, 25 December 2009

Christmas 2009

Midnight service at Ilketshall St John was fairly well attended with 27 people, but this morning's BCP Holy Communion eclipsed that with 40+ people coming into Flixton. Not a bad turn-out in total.

Christmas day spent by myself, relaxing in the warmth as the wind rises outside on a grey day. But being alone is no reason to forego the traditions, and so I cooked a full lunch; turkey, small sausages, bacon rolls, brussel sprouts, carrots, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, stuffing, bread sauce, along with a delicious gravy, home-made cranberry sauce, and good old English mustard. Washed down with a glass (or two) of Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon.

All followed by Christmas pudding and Golden Foam sauce, accompanied by a small glass of port.

Having listend to the Queen's speech, it's now a cup of fresh coffee and a sit-down in front of the fire, and maybe opening a package or two ....


  1.      Merry Christmas! I'm glad you had such great attendance at the two services. Sounds like a wonderful dinner.

  2. What a lovely Holy Family! Where did they come from? I don't think I've ever seen any like them before.

    How exciting to have 40 people on Christmas Morning! We had maybe 20 plus the Altar party, the Organist, and me (the soloist). Of course last night there was a full church. We did the Ceremony of Carols before the Christ Mass. It actually turned out to be very fine. The Harpist was very good. I love singing with harp.

    My son opened his Calendar from the Diocese of Wenchoster today (we visit via Ichat) and immediately started giggling. Thanks again for being willing to send it all the way to the US.

    I hope the rest of your Christmas is happy!

  3. The Holy Familiy figures came from a Garden Centre near Norwich a couple of years ago. No shepherds, but 3 Wise men in similar form. At present they are making their way towards the child from the side altar in Flixton church.

    Glad the calendar was appreciated. Plenty more in stock!

  4. Thank you for all your Christmas posts, which have given much pleasure to a long-time expatriate.