Well we have safely got to the other side for another year ..... I love the build up to Christmas but always feel somewhat deflated on the big day itself. Why I ask myself ???? It could be because it has no religious significance to me as although I try to live a good honest life I am not a church person ..... or is it the anticipation and anxiety or fear of disappointment ??? I will find the answer one day I am sure and this year I was determined not to get dragged into the turkey and sprout fest that the supermarkets and TV chefs keep ramming down our throats. Am I just being awkward .... please tell me there is someone else out there who feels like this??
Having prepared a traditional Christmas dinner every year since 1979 this year it was time for a change and I threatened the family with the local Indian restaurant much to their dismay. I just couldn't face hours in the kitchen and then sitting down and looking at a plate full of food that I wasn't going to enjoy. A couple of days before Christmas my daughters announced that they had indeed booked a table for us at the Indian and off we went at three thirty for something completely different. I did have a giggle with an Indian lady and her husband at the market on Christmas Eve when she mentioned turkey ..... I said you'll never guess what we are having and when I told her it was curry she grinned and said she was having turkey as they have curry every other day of the year! So perhaps it wasn't just me who fancied a change.
The restaurant was all lit up with Christmas music playing in the background and it was packed! We had a lovely relaxed three course meal with coffee for £20 a head ..... compared with the £60 that some pub restaurants were asking on the day that seemed the real deal to me. It was delicious and I am so glad we made the break with tradition.
I can't believe it is nearly Thursday already and tomorrow I am off to enjoy one of my pressies .... a trip to London to the theatre to see Million Dollar Quartet ... better dust off my blue suede shoes coz there will be some walking around Covent Garden to do too!