. . . was go to midnight service, despite our best intentions.
And, well, here is what we are doing this morning:
Drinking fortified eggnog . . . and preparing our Christmas midday dinner of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, and haricots verts—from recipes of our dear friend Lindaraxa.
Each Christmas we are the delighted recipients of a potent treat of a secret and time-tested Southern family recipe of eggnog from our dear friends Ted and Betsy Greenwood. They deliver it to their lucky friends in large Ball Mason jars called "Tednog." Today we are consuming the "Tednog" in our secret and unexpectedly "retail red" goblets while preparing Christmas dinner. How is it that we are so lucky to have such darling friends as Ted and Betsy? How fortuate we are!
Happy Christmas to you, Dear Reader, and to yours from Darlington House!
Photographs by Boy Fenwick