The crowd started trickling in around 3 o'clock. Rob and Amber arrived first - they had traveled out from the big city. Shortly after that, the crew from the farm arrived. (Jason and Terri had driven from Calgary Christmas Eve day, and Ashley had been here for a few days already. Mom and Dad had also arrived a couple of days early. We spent Christmas Eve at the farm, and it was so nice to gather there again. Lisa didn't come from Chile, but we did connect on Skype!) Aunt Linda and Chris joined us for supper as well.
Jason prepared tur-pork-en, rather than the turducken that we have had before.
This year it was pork tenderloin inside a bacon-wrapped chicken inside a turkey, with layers of dressing in there as well. We would be able to hear the cholesterol marching to our arteries even as we ate. He started cooking it at Mom's, and brought it out here to finish. There was much discussion over how long to cook the poor thing, and when Jason, Mark, and Chris went to retrieve a meat thermometer from cousin Don's, the real cooks (Mom, Terri, and I) decided it was done and proceeded to prepare the rest of the meal. We were just about done when the men returned. It is not a long drive, but I believe cocktails were involved. So we finally sat down to eat, about two hours later than predicted, but no one was too concerned about the time. After all, it was good to just be together. And anyway, there were a few nibblies around all afternoon!
Clem experimented with his new camera all day, and here are a few samplings from that!
Skyping with Auntie Lisa (until Copper decided the microphone was a sucker!)