I’ll be brief for that would be most appropriate on the evening that’s in it – Christmas Eve!
Our practices of many years have come down upon us with more than a sense of “There’s no fool like an old fool” for we have continued the practices of many years without ever considering that times and circumstances have changed. The Christmas Eve dinner – ham, boiled and then baked with a glaze, dauphinoise potatoes and Brussels sprouts followed by Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter – has been the same for many years but we have made the mistake of continuing to prepare it in portions suitable to the days when we had three fine young men in the house who could dispatch large portions of ham at one sitting and more later in the evening in sandwiches, leaving enough to serve with the turkey on Christmas Day. This evening, our tummies are more than full and there are plans that the ham may be converted to croquettes or to another old favourite, ham roll, later in the week for it is certainly beyond our capacities to eat it all.
It must have been an enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner for two of the three sons have reported that they are having the same themselves this evening. We will be together in eating the ham dinner at least even if we cannot be together under the one roof.