Monday, December 27, 2010

A Merry Little Christmas

As you know we had a pleasant change to our Christmas plans, as the weather problems forced my mom to extend her stay until the 26th. Although no one wants their travel plans to be disrupted, we were selfishly glad to have family here on Christmas day. Although we tried to prepare for it, I think it might have been a little depressing for Leah and I to spend Christmas alone in our tiny flat!

We attended the Christmas morning service at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. This church dates back to 1086 and, in the early days of Oxford, the church was adopted as the first building of the university. The church has had many uses over history, including serving as a lecture hall, the seat of university governance, and as the site of the 1555 trial of the Oxford Martyrs during the English Reformation.

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Me and Mom outside of the church on High Street

The inside of the church decorated for Christmas

After church, we had a fabulous lunch at Strada, a local restaurant. We originally considered having a traditional Christmas meal at a pub, but instead of spending £50 on duck liver pate and black pudding, we opted for Italian. We all agreed that it was a great choice!

Our table setting, complete with a Christmas cracker for each of us

After this appetizer of cheeses, meats, and olives, Italian food may be the new Harrell family Christmas tradition

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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