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An Evening of Christmas at the Buxtons’

Christmas Party 2006, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Edit 5:00 (Thought you might like to know who is in the pictures. Left is Sharen, our travel agent, seated is Ken, our neighbor from across the street, Jerry with his back turned, and seated on the fireplace hearth is Lu, a neighbor from down the street.)

One of the highlights of the Christmas season is when Jerry and I open our home for a few hours of celebration with our neighbors and other friends. Last night was this year’s party, a little smaller than in other years, but wonderful just the same. I attribute the smaller group to other churches having functions at the same time, friends who had out-of-state guests, neighbors who were out of town and others who had to work, and people just not being able to be two places at once. (I certainly will not let myself believe they didn’t want to come to our fine party. 🙂 )


Avocado crab crostini

Scotch eggs

Spinach quiche

Cheese tray and assorted crackers

Relish tray olives, cheese stuffed red peppers

Fresh fruit

Cranberry salad

Chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle, assorted nuts

Raspberry stollen

Pumpkin tarts with cranberry/caramel sauce

Coconut cream pie

Apricot cheesecake

Banana bread

Carrot bread

Pecan cookies–Chock full oatmeal cookies

Cranberry/eggnog punch


Edit 5:00 Left to right around the table. Pearl Lormand, Dearrah’s (one of our daughters-in-law) mother, Barry and Sam, our next door neighbors, Day Lormand (married to Pearl) and Karen Pound, the Lordmand’s youngest daughter.

The last guest left around 11:00, and although I had refused clean-up help from all who offered, finally Holly and Patrick insisted, so they did much of that job…and I did appreciate it.

When they first arrived, Holly handed me a present and said, “Open it now.” Not needing to be pressured into doing so, I cut off the ribbon and removed the paper. Revealed now was BALDERDASH, the game I love but didn’t have of my own. It was probably around 10:00 or so when Holly said, “Let’s play…and we did…and it was hilarious.”

How do I feel today? Exhilarated, full of the Christmas spirit…and, I hate to admit it, but tired, very tired. ( I cooked all the food, except for assembling the quiche and putting together the Scotch eggs. Rebecca came up and helped me for a few hours in the early afternoon. It would have been hard without her.) Not to worry, in a few hours, I will be fully restored.

Remember on this Christmas season Sabbath to love and honor our Saviour who is the reason we have such times of joy and celebration as these.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

17 replies on “An Evening of Christmas at the Buxtons’”

mmmm, was looking across the planet for some tasty ideas for Christmas Tea.
I like the sound of crab and avocado (served with a thousand island sauce ?) and may pinch your idea.
I am intrigued about the cranbbery salad, what would you mix it with ?
Merry Christmas.


LANDSAKES–THAT MENU!!! I’m salivating right now and I’VE ALREADY HAD DINNER. I’m sure EVEN YOUR PICTURES can’t do it justice–HAW! Sounds like good fellowship too, and AH–BALDERDASH–one of my favorite games (especially the newer version). Bro. Connell always seems to win at that when I’ve played.


I too am sorry you couldn’t make it, Laycee, but do understand that everyone is very busy. Maybe sometime this month you and your parents can come up for a few hours. We would love that.


Jen and Sulz. Thanks for the compliments–both for the house and the food. The house is not really fancy, but has lots of windows, beautiful views, is cozy, and I hope, friendly.


Yum, Yum. Sounds like everything was great. Food and fellowship both. Looks like it was lots of fun.

I’m glad you now have your very own balderdash.

Merry Christmas and God Bless!!!


Aunt Shirley,

I would have loved to have been there. Had I been close by, I would have used a snow plow if needed, just to have had a wonderful visit. Reading the menu made my mouth water.

Love and miss ya’ll,



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