Well, Carmi's Thematic challenge this week had me scratching my head! To be honest, we don't go in for fine dining much chez Gilly - though I admit it is lovely to see tables all beautifully laid, glasses, shining silver cutlery and all the rest. When we went on our cruise holidays, the dining rooms looked beautiful - until the passengers came along and spoilt it all! ;) Even then, Mr.G and I preferred the Buffet meals - easier to choose as you could see what there was, and we met some really interesting fellow passengers, who also were perhaps a little more laid back, like us!
However, I dug around in the archives, and found the photo I took some years back of the table laid for Christmas lunch at my daughter's house. It was a big old Victorian villa in Manchester and had plenty of room for all the relatives from old to young. We all had a lovely time there.
Things have changed now, and I doubt very much that there will ever be such a big gathering again. We are all getting older, and the younger members of the family are scattered, and anyway, don't seem to want to keep to the old traditions.
I shall hold on to my happy memories and continue to enjoy the food, which hasn't changed in quality or variety in any of our families!