We are so fortunate to have some friends who are really generous with their time and home and hospitality. Last night, for the fifth year running, we arrived at their lovely home for 9:00pm where they served us dinner. First of all we had home made (and home grown!) vegetable soup, followed by a serve-yourself-course of tender roast beef, roast pork with the crackliest crackling I have ever nibbled, and a variety of veg.
After we had eaten, we pulled names out a sparkly pink cowboy hat (it is a long story!) to decide in which order we would play our song of the year, and explain why we have chosen it. I chose Relator by Scarlett Johansson. She is one of my favourite actresses, and this was the first song I heard her sing. It is really catchy, and makes me feel happy when I hear it. It was wonderful to hear the variety of songs chosen, from theme songs from films, to the Christmas number 1, to some Carpenters!
Next came going round the table, one by one, relating to the others the one thing we have learned in 2009, before each writing down our predictions for 2010. These are sealed in an envelope which we all sign, and put away for next year.
Then the clock struck midnight, and we all sang 'For Auld Lang Syne' and drank champagne. Then we opened last years predicitions, some of which were spookily accurate, and some of which were downright silly, and talked until it was time for bed.
Somewhere along the way we had sparklers, and set off one of those Chinese Wish lanterns too. When we were sitting eating breakfast with them this morning, snow began to fall like icing sugar being shaken over a fresh baked cake. What bliss!
Wishing you a very happy 2010 (that is two thousand and ten to me, not twentyten!)