Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Well, another Christmas Day has come and gone, and it was wonderful yet again.  Family, friends, food, laughter and love.  Oh, and Copper.  What more can one ask for?

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!)
  
 

 

The Calgary Huck family.
 

Cousins
 

Sisters
 
 
 Laughter


 This puppy barks "Jingle Bells"!
 

The "turporken" and the crazy chef.
 

 

Digging in.
 

The Saskatoon Hucks, who brought the excellent wine.
 

 
(You'll notice there is still lots of food left in the serving dishes.  I had to bungee cord the fridge shut because of all the leftovers!)

Happy pappy.
 


Copper and Auntie having some fun.
 

Goofing off!
 

The girls.
 

 

I think this one showcases her attitude exactly!!!
 

(Come on, you knew there were going to be lots of pictures of the little girl!)


Thanks for stopping by, and from our house to yours, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2010!
Chandra

7 comments:

Tina said...

Great pictures. The tur-pork-den sounds yummy! Merry Christmas!

Ilsa said...

Thanks for sharing Christmas dear sister. I wasn't so impressed with the skype fiasco... poor Derek who kept trying to get the camera working and not being able to see your smiling faces, although I got to know the inside of Copper's mouth quite well! Merry Christmas!!

Amber said...

Fabulous photos, Chandra and Clem! No one looks to uncomfortably full either. If you have any others, can you email them along to us?

Clem and Chandra Schraefel said...

Amber, be careful what you ask for - Clem took over 300 pictures on Christmas Day alone! How about a DVD with all the pictures next time we see you? Or, you could come pick it up!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you Chandra, and the rest of your family as well! Looks like Christmas was fun, and the food & company looked great too! Glad you were able to Skype Lisa and I just LOVE the idea of sending your $ away...such an awesome thing to do! Take good care. Sending all my love to all in Kerrobert! xo Carmen

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Clem and Chandra Schraefel said...

Why thank you, anonymous! It's so good to hear from you again!