I had a lovely Christmas day.
I had slept in the early hours of Christmas day cause I was preparing the food to be cooked in the morning – marinated the chicken, kidneys, parboiled the rice. Cut the veggies. Woke up at 8 am and started the frying and roasting: Jollof rice (rice fried in a tomato sauce), Fried rice ( a bit like rice pilauf), sauces.
In between the cooking, we took a long walk to the Catholic church for mass. We were late but it didn’t matter. It was the Lord’s birthday and we wanted it on record that we had come to felicitate. The weather was sunny – the bright and warm kind. A blessing I think after the bitter cold days.
Kay had friends who were also alone at Xmas so they invited themselves over and from a small party of 3, it became 5 then 10. Thankfully, they came with pepper soup, salads, more rice, more chicken so there was more than enough for everyone.
I was instructed to buy Xmas hats the day before. Well, a bit too late for feeling jolly cause all the juicy red Santa woolly pom poms had gone so I was left with Xmas cowboy hats and Xmas tree caps. lol.
Didn’t matter though, we popped them on our heads and set the camera timer and got some amazing pictures.
There was a selection of comedies playing in the background – The hangover, The big Lebowski and Death at a Funereal (2007) - which set the mood laughing and silly.
I have never had a Christmas that wasn’t purely family time. Even last year’s was spent at Juno's, my adopted family in Lagos. This Xmas was with friends(new mostly) and It was fun and I'm thankful.
How was your Christmas?