Friday, December 18, 2020

Thanksgiving & A Little Catch-Up

Good afternoon my dears, 

This year, we've stayed home, stayed safe, worn a mask, and socially distanced ourselves on the rare occasion we are out in public. There are many reasons as a family we have chosen to do this; in particular because at the beginning of the pandemic I was pregnant, we had a newborn with no immunity, for our elders, and for cancer patients (like my dad was) who are immunocompromised. Pediatric cancer has especially been on my heart lately, and I have shed many a tear because innocent newborns, babies, infants, and toddlers have died because their immune systems have been compromised. I couldn't ever live with the thought that I could've in any way contributed to their demise. 

- Thanksgiving - 

For that reason, we decided to forgo our annual tradition of going to The Biltmore for Thanksgiving. Instead we celebrated, just the 3 of us, at home. It was the most prefect day - the weather, the food, and getting to see Drew in his cute Thanksgiving outfits.



We have been ordering our groceries through the instacart app most of this year. A few days before Thanksgiving the food was delivered to our front door, I rolled up my sleeves, and I spent 9 hours in the kitchen, yes, you read that right...nine hours, preparing our Thanksgiving dinner. 

Menu 

Turkey, ham, popovers, sweet potato casserole, au gratin, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, and cranberry jello. For dessert, we had pear and apple pies and pumpkin spice choc-chip bundt cake. 



The floral arrangement was delivered a few days before. 





Drew and Daddy 


Drew and Mama


- Virtual Tea Parties - 

One way I've been entertaining myself while staying at home, is with virtual tea parties. I had one with my dear friend, Sherry, from the blog Our Love Story and one with author, Susan Branch, along with 1,000 of her other fans. I sipped on Earl Grey tea with honey and nibbled on homemade sugar cookies



My Susan Branch Christmas books. Her latest, Home For Christmas, is about her 1956 childhood Christmas. 


- Granny and Grandpa- 

Before I say goodbye to you, I wanted to share a picture of my Granny Smith. Growing up, we would often call her Granny Apples because she always had curtains with appliqued apples on them in her kitchen. 

My Granny's life events all happened in December. She was born on December 27th, 1938 in Kudowa-Zdrój. During the second world war she was sent on a cattle train to West Germany to work on a farm because she was from Lower Silesia  - German, but not German enough, I guess. She married my Grandpa on December 12th, in Yorkshire, England and followed his career in the British Army all around the world. She gave my Dad and Auntie Di an idyllic childhood in the 50's, 60's and 70's and and was an involved Granny during the 80's, 90's, and 00's. Sadly, she passed away suddenly on December 8th, 2010. 

This year was 10 years. Yet it still feels like yesterday. She loved Christmastime and was one of those Christmas in July shoppers, so preparing and having a happy Christmas is how she'd want all of us to celebrate her, and her life. This year I finished converting her 8mm film reels into digital videos. She was a keeper of memories, a storyteller, and loved by her children and grandchildren - the best legacy of all. 


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021. 

Stay safe at home, 

Kiki Nakita 

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4 comments:

Carla from The River said...

Hello,
Thank you for sharing your Granny. What a special lady. One who for sure made the world a better place.
Your Thanksgiving looks wonderful.
Happy Christmas hugs to you all and extra for Drew.
Love, Carla

Thelma said...

Merry Christmas to you.
Drew is growing up fast. He is a cutie.
You Granny was a great lady.
We have to stay at home to stay safe.
Let's hope next year will be better.
Thelma.

Lea said...

Oh, my goodness, Drew is adorable. Look at that red hair! Your Thanksgiving table and meal looked out of this world. I'm so impressed. Wishing you and your sweet family a most wonderful Christmas week!

Sherry said...

I love this so much. You always set a gorgeous and delicious looking table. Hopefully, I can be a guest at the real table one day, but I loved our LONG virtual tea and chat. It was wonderful. I always feel like I am an awkward "talker" so I am sure that comes out it those settings, but I do love a good long talk. I am not much of a small talker because I guess I like more meaningful conversation. You know, like our LONG one at the coffee shop in Boone. That was heavenly! ❤

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