I was a little apprehensive when we booked this winter away, thinking it would come to tears and heartache at Christmas. And on Christmas eve it did, albeit briefly. The fact that Shelagh has had Christmas with our lads for 35 years, and I for 25 of them, sets a precedent that's hard to break. However, after seeing our boys on "FaceTime" having a wonderful Christmas dinner at Liam's new home gave us peace of mind in the knowledge that they can and will have a great time without us. Both Shelagh and I were young when we left our home comforts and migrated and immigrated to new places, so the feeling of celebrating something like Christmas without our parents and siblings is nothing new to us. But suddenly celebrating Christmas without our kids has never happened to us before...
Christmas day started with the usual coffee and tea while checking e-mails etc. This year we decided to have gift giving on January 6th, in the Mexican style. So nothing under the tree, no tree either actually. Later in the morning we had Mimosas on the roof deck in the warm sunshine followed by a nice brunch of delicious bacon and scrambled eggs. Then we went into town to the Jardin to watch people enjoy Christmas day. It's an interesting mix of children, some happily playing with a balloon ball on a strong string, and others with tablets playing video games. Like any country there is a noticeable devision in wealth here... We were also quite surprised to see many shops open for business, including the market at plaza Civica.
|This couple toured the streets handing out candy canes|
Strolling through the plaza we checked out the bandstand which has been changed into a Nativity scene, complete with sheep and lambs. Then we found a bench at the opposite side of the plaza and people watched some more. A couple had just bought lunch from a street vendor, then they spent 15 minutes flicking bits of their lunch into a garbage can! I zoomed in with the camera to take a picture, people are funny.
The time had come to climb up the hill to our home and have a glass of wine on the roof followed by dinner prep. We bought a plump chicken at the "Carneceria" (butcher) two days ago, it has been thawing all day. It just fit in the toaster oven, an inch of space to spare all around. We made a stuffing with bacon from scratch, haven't done that in years, some cranberry jelly for Shelagh and an assortment of vegetables. No dessert, we are already sweet enough.
Dinner cooked up wonderfully, the toaster oven has a convection option and with that running the bird got evenly roasted. Bird out, potatoes in. Shelagh at the stove top making gravy from the chicken drippings. Not much later "A la mesa" at the table for a great meal. Then, of course, comes the reality of doing dishes and cleaning up, but with a combined effort that was done in a snap. Evening wine on the roof top. Followed by a wonderful sleep.
We hope your Christmas was wonderful too...