“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together!” ~ Rosie Thomas.
Very few British would refer to December as the holiday season; the holiday season in the UK is summertime. For many, the Christmas break from work is just two days, so not much of a holiday, though if you work in Education as son Joss and daughters Victoria and Elizabeth do, your school is closed for two whole weeks!
Early December heralds the start of the Christmas season, with Christmas parties and Christmas lunches being the top of our festivity list, these are usually known as the Christmas Do, Works Do, Office Party or Christmas Fuddle.
My Christmas festivities (treats) kicked off a couple of weeks ago with lunch with cousin Angela. We chose a festive Christmas lunch at the Mill restaurant next to the River Wharfe in Otley, Yorkshire.
The succulent turkey with all the trimmings was beautifully presented, beautifully cooked, and was absolutely delicious. And although very busy with ‘Office lunches’, the service was second to none. Our lunchtime was long and leisurely, and as the photos show, we were the last to leave, and embarrassingly, the waitresses were waiting downstairs with their coats on!
The tasteful Father Christmas in the corner, coupled with the minimalist approach to Christmas decorations were just perfect. Warm lights and delicate Christmas greenery added to the tasteful ambience, anything more would have been out of place in such a lovely old building.
Unfortunately, due to my debilitating back pain, last week I had to cancel a second festive lunch with a group of friends. However, by Sunday, with the backache beginning to ease I was able to enjoy a festive morning at Harewood House with my eldest daughter Victoria, followed by lunch at The White Hart Hotel in Pool (in-Wharfedale), but more about that later in the week.
On Monday I met up with three dear friends at the Wheatley Arms Hotel in Ilkley. We met at the hotel at 12:15 PM, and already the place was buzzing.
What an enjoyable lunchtime this was, putting the world to rights and catching up with family news and gossip, we didn’t leave the hotel until 4:15 PM, and once again we were the last to leave, but as the hotel is open all day, no one appeared to mind.
The map shows my festive outings in Wharfedale the area in which I live – Old Bramhope just outside of the village of Bramhope.
The next festive occasion will be a Christmas Eve supper at my place followed by Christmas Day at Victoria’s, just next door.
PS. Anyone who believes men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas parcel!” – Greetings.com
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Holiday Treats from Weekly Prompts.
Picture Credits: Map of Wharfedale, courtesy of Google. Wheatley Arms photos from Trip Advisor because I forgot to take pictures!