Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Cheer

This year has been a very difficult one for all my family.  In August hubby lost his mum, in October my mum lost her brother and then very recently my sister-in-law's father was taken ill, described medically as "near death".  Hence I want to make Christmas dinner as lovely as possible this year.

I've planned the menu:

Mushroom Tartlets with Quails Eggs

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Roast Turkey with Cranberry Relish and Cherry & Pistachio Stuffing
Vegetarian Christmas Pie

Roast Potatoes
Pigs in Blankets
Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts & Bacon
Roast Parmesan Parsnips
Maple & Pecan Carrots

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Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Chestnut and Amaretto Roulade 

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Coffee and Chocolates

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I've made my own Christmas Crackers containing individually chosen presents.

I've got beautiful things to dress the table.

I've made a Christmas playlist on my i-pod to play during dinner.

Daughter has practised playing Christmas Carols to entertain everyone between the main course and dessert.

Is is going to be lovely.

Fingers crossed.


Expat mum said...

Oh wow - I'm sure everyone will appreciate the effort you're putting in for hem. Have a great day.

Helena said...

What a menu! Can I come to yours this year! You're wonderfully organised.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2013. I know what it's like to have awful years.....♥ ☼ ♥

ADDY said...

The meal sounds lovely. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a better year next year, but build in some relaxation too!

Jill said...

It's been a traumatic year here too with several family members suffering ill health myself included, so roll on the new year and a new start.

Suburbia said...

Sounds wonderful, I'm sorry it's been a difficult year.

And don't forget to pencil in some rest time for yourself :)