The morning began with mimosas and fruit and eggs and the most delicious braided bread which I'd filled with marmalade, dried cranberries, pecans, bacon, cheese and sliced apples. (I'll post it later.) We followed with opening our gifts. This was one of my favorite things: a thrifted komono-like jacket which I found at Frenchy's for under $6. (Do you give yourself a gift?)
I'd invited friends ..... and we like leftovers ..... but I think I overdid it on the size of the turkey. The girls loved it, especially Nagisa who'd never seen anything that big before. I did the stuffing separately but put herbed butter under the skin (hence the dark spots) and filled the cavity with apples, onions and lemons.
It was a delicious meal made more joyous by friends and family. Here are some pictures.
How fortunate I am to have such love and such bounty. I'm feeling very blessed.
Although my own children have gone back to their own homes and jobs, the happy season is continuing here at home with relaxation, movies, games and food. I trust you are continuing to enjoy this wonderful time of year.