Today I was invited by my cousin Gail and her husband Wes to their annual Christmas brunch. As always it was a delightful afternoon with good company and good food.
Their home is beautifully decorated for the holidays. In the living room the Christmas tree represents the many nations that they have visited on their travels. Gail has collected dolls from each country as well as the national flags. It is a colorful and unique tree.
A new country represented on the tree this year is Iceland.
Their travels this year also included Austria...
… and of course Switzerland where I joined them in a visit to our ancestral village and introduced them to our Swiss cousins.
Mexico is well represented. There is a doll in the traditional attire of Yucatán from a trip which Gail and Wes took with me to Mérida a few years ago. There is a corn husk doll which I bought for her on one of my trips, and from Gail's recent visit to Mexico City a "catrina" figure which she bought at a handicraft market.
Our menu was also international with dishes representing each of the countries that they had visited this year. There were Norwegian meatballs, Austrian schnitzel, a Swiss casserole, and a cake from an Icelandic recipe that Gail found. (They were generally not impressed with Icelandic cuisine.) And to represent Mexico, I brought guacamole.
It was a fun day! Thank you, Gail and Wes for your hospitality!