The Christmas Pudding

This post is an embellishment of two acts of kindness which happened to me over the Christmas period.  Thank you dear friends.

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‘Twas the week before Christmas. 

I had resigned myself to spend Christmas alone at home with the two cats.  Sad, isn’t it ? 

When …..

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“All this poofing has poofed me out.  Where was I ?  Oh, hello Ralph.  I understand that you are old, alone and have two cats.  You’re a sad person, aren’t you ?”

 “Don’t rub it in !  Who or what are you ?”

“Well, sad person, I am Rude Elf the red-beaked chicken, the lead pullet puller of Santa’s sleigh in Spanish airspace as I am Spanish Fly licenced. Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer is not certified, well, he should be !

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I am here to grant you one wish.  Pluck a feather from me and your wish will be granted !”

*pluck*

“Ouch !  Not that one !”

“I wish for a tall, slim woman.”

“I said WISH, sad person, not a dream with no chance.  I can grant you a slice of Christmas pudding. Take it or leave it !”

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“Drat !  Okay, I’ll take it.”

“Not now. You will eat some Christmas pudding on Christmas Day.”

c42With that, Rude Elf the red-beaked chicken vanished in a cloud of feathers. (The cats played with them for hours)

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At the same instant my email notifier rang out.  An invitation to come to Linda & Adrian’s home across the river for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.  You could have knocked me over with a feather !

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~Christmas Day~

Yay !  Adrian picked me up from my home and drove me to his house. On the way I met Christine on the river road bridge and I had a Christmas kiss.

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Yay !  Arriving at Linda & Adrian’s I met their two boys, plus one girlfriend, who had all specially flown out from England for the festivities.

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Two more Christmas kisses.  Yay !  (Come on.  I only kissed the ladies !)

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We settled in to enjoy the festivities.

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Linda cooked a fabulous Christmas dinner.  Turkey, bacon, sausages, yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, peas, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, stuffing and gravy.  Fantastic !

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And then came the dessert.

No Christmas pudding !

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One of the son’s (who shall be nameless) bought a Christmas pudding in Fortnum & Mason in London ……

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…… and FORGOT to bring it out to Spain !

Calamity !  But Linda saved the day with a strawberry delightfulness and a hot mince pie with brandy butter.  Brilliant !

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We all then retired to the salon for the cabaret.

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 Thank you so much Linda & Adrian.  I had a wonderful time with you and your family. xox

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I could wring that chicken’s neck !  No tall, slim woman.  No Christmas pudding.  And I’m back at home, alone with two cats.  Sad, isn’t it ?

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~Two days later~

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“Hello Ralph, you sad person, alone with two cats.  Did you enjoy the Christmas pudding ?”

“Will you stop this sad person stuff !  I had a fantastic time, but NO Christmas pudding !”

“Oh !  That’s sad for an already sad person alone with two cats.  Here, pull this feather.  This should work !”

*pluck*

“Ouch !”

With a cluck, Rude Elf the red-beaked chicken poofed out of existence.

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One second later I received an email from David & Hilda, who live on the hill, inviting me for lunch.  Wow !  You could tickle my feet with a feather !

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 I had a lovely lunch.  David had specially cooked a pie, plus stuffed tomatoes and mashed potatoes.  Very tasty !

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I thought I would have to carve the cat ….

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….but they were just table decoration ….

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….. and drunk !

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Go on !  Guess what we had for dessert ?  Yay !  Christmas pudding with brandy cream !

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Thank you so much David & Hilda for a really lovely lunch. xox

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I arrived home before dark.  My cats don’t allow me out after dark !  Sad, isn’t it ?

When ….

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“Thank you so much Rude Elf, the red-beaked chicken.  The feather worked.  I had some Christmas pudding.  Yay !”

“No problem Ralph, you sad person.  Hey !  Let me go !”

“Nope !  Not until you produce a tall, slim woman for me.”

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*pluck* “Ouch !” *pluck* “Ouch !” *pluck*  “Ouch !”

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Did you create some seasonal magic for a sad person ?

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Ralph xox ❤

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No chickens, cats, dogs or sons were harmed in the making of this post.

122 Comments on “The Christmas Pudding

    • Thank you so much Carisa 😀
      Both the meals and the drafting of this post was a lot of fun.
      I hope you have a wonderful New Year my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  1. Hey Ralph! Happy Christmas! Listen, I didn’t get a Christmas Pudding this year. But I have found one in the cupboard fro last year and I am going to steam the beast up tomorrow. You sound like you had great fun. Nice words and pictures. You are not a sad man!

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    • Hi Bill 😀
      A belated very Merry Christmas to you too.
      Oh, wow ! A year old Christmas pudding ! I hope that you don’t need a sledgehammer to eat it 😉
      Thanks for your great comment my friend and I know I’m not sad. Tell the chicken and my cats that 😀
      Ralph

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  2. That was lovely, Ralph. I will have to borrow Rude Elf for my birthday. Also, I do believe you about the sober brandy. xo

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    • Thanks Cookie 😀
      You are very welcome to take Rude Elf off my hands. I’ll even send you a bottle of sober brandy if you keep him from me.
      Happy Birthday …. which is probably next November 😉
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Amazingly I did have a lovely Christmas Barbara. I do hope you did too. Thank you for your lovely comment. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much Kat. I do hope that your Christmas was just as good. Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. Glad you were able to have your pudding and eat it too. Hope for many feathers for your new year! 8)

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  4. Sounds like that was quite the Christmas. Now we have the New Year coming up. What plans have you for that? (Christmas would be hard to beat)
    Leslie

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    • Indeed, that was quite a Christmas Leslie. I am sure you will have a fun, musical New Year. As for me, my mouth will be full of 12 grapes somewhere. Happy New Year my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. Merry Christmas and happy 2016, dear Ralph! I hope you’re not sad often. Your blog posts are so original and so much fun, and you make so many readers happy with them. xoxo

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    • What a lovely comment from you Mary. Actually I am never sad. It’s just sad being old, single with 2 cats so the saying goes. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. what a wonderful christmas you had, ralph. we always invite family, friends, and anyone who may not be going anywhere else over for christmas eve. everyone enjoys it and no one is alone. it’s good for everyone ) cheers, beth

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    • Yes I did, thank you Beth 😀
      I know that you are wonderful with children and have a beautiful heart towards other people. You must make the bestest neighbour ever.
      Happy New Year dear friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  7. Ralph, you have such lovely and wonderful friends. Everyone should be so lucky to keep them from being a “sad.” Lucky you to have eaten all those delicious sounding dishes.

    I like the idea of the chicken elf or what ever its name. May it continue to grant you wishes or not. 🙂

    I enjoyed the post and the great photos and all of the embellishments. I am no longer sad and your brilliant presentation made me smile. I must confess that I liked the pics of the cats and the dog the best. I also found the beautiful horse delightful. He/she appeared to be a gentle mount.

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    • I am so lucky, as you say Yvonne to have such great neighbours and friends here in Spain. They are all so wonderful.
      Oh, Rude Elf has gone, maybe heading your way.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It’s brilliant !
      The horse is called Capitano, loved and ridden by his owner Christine.
      Happy New Year my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Indeed you are lucky and I’m sure you are a sweetheart as a guest.

        Capitano is a magnificient horse. Christine is fortunate to own him. I hope she keeps him until he dies of old age. He is worthy of being a loving pet with a permanent home for life.

        Yvonne xox

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  8. Yes, but don’t be the kissed Christmas Pudding!
    UMBUC?? If you are being held by aliens , wink once… by enemy forces, blink 2ce.
    Do not…. I repeat .. Do Not carve any cats!
    xoxo ❤ #<

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    • Hello dear Resa 😀
      I do know how kind and caring you are. You should get a medal for what you do. I also know what a balanced life you have (until the wine kicks in that is 😉 ). I don’t know how you do it as you have so much on your plate ( and it’s not just Christmas pudding 😉 ).
      I can see a kissed Christmas pudding post coming on next year.
      Heck ! With all this winking and blinking the local Spanish villagers would think I have gone mad. No change there then !
      Thank you for the carvy cat advice. You must tell Sonic not to carve up Daddy any more with his hooks.
      Have a lovely day dear friend.
      Hugs & kisses. Ralph xox ❤

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      • I will not drink wine while blogging, anymore! I will not drink wine while blogging, anymore! I will not drink wine while blogging, anymore! 😀
        So, it seems due to all the winking & blinking, that you are being held by alien enemy forces. What to do? I need to think? Plan a rescue?
        Hmm?
        Okay, just one half glass of wine then! Cheers!
        Sonic, cut your nails before petting daddy! (hope that helps, Ralph!)
        Also, thank you for the lovely Christmas card! You are the thoughtful one. That calls for the other half of the glass of wine. Cheers!
        Love, kisses & hugs! xoxo ❤ #< _Resa

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      • You are so funny Resa. I curled up reading your reply as if I was a Christmas hedgehog. BUT, I shall not hibernate ! How can I when there may be more words of fun from the bottom of a bottle from you.
        Cheers, love, kisses, hugs & and a corkscrew. xoxo ❤ #< Ralph

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  9. Rude Elf should be careful or it may end up as the New Year dinner. Glad you had a festive time with good friends, and cats, and dogs. 🙂

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    • Hello dear Gallivanta 😀
      Rude Elf just read what you said and “poof” has gone. Probably forever.
      Thank you. I did have a wonderful time. I do hope that you did too.
      Happy New Year my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  10. Well, so much for being a sad person stuck at home with two cats. Apparently no one can have a celebration without you! Where are you going for New Year’s Eve???

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    • Hi Diana 😀
      Yep, I was a lucky boy, wasn’t I ? I never would have thought that Christmas would be so wonderful this year. I hope you had a great one too.
      New Year’s Eve ? I’ll probably be at home watching the fireworks on TV. Well, I hope they are fireworks and not the TV sparking and catching fire 😉 lol
      Have a great New Year my friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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    • You are always so kind with your comments Drake. This one especially. Thank you my friend. Ralph 😀

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  11. The cats are so lovely…but do you know what is great, you are! your beautiful heart. And you are lucky sad man dear Ralph, your friends are so nice. and yessssssss your cats too… Who knows maybe the New Year will bring a Princess to your life. Thank you, Happy New Year, Love, nia

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    • Awww ! You are so sweet dear Nia. Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment especially the Princess bit 😀
      Have a lovely day dear friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thanks Agata. Christmas was nice. I hope yours was too. The cat and dog wore hats which turned them into “lions”. So funny !
      Happy New Year my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  12. Ralpha so glad you had a lovely day, you lovely man. All the very best to you at the new year too. Hope you have another great ‘perty’ xxxxxxxx

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    • Perty great comment from you Shey. Thank you so much my friend. I have nothing planned for New Year’s Eve, not like you Scots. Have a wonderful time and I hope 2016 is a brilliant year for you and the wee hammies Shey. Ralph xox ❤

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      • All love to you Ralpha. What about New Year’s Day itself? You know we celebrate the two! Do you have anything planned.? If not, get the sangria opened wi the cats. I am sure they would appreciate it and we will appreciate the blog. Have a great time whatever you are doing. xxxx

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      • Love to you too Shey. I’ll be home in the warm, cats asleep and I’ll be either blogging or watching TV. Sad isn’t it ? lol
        I hope you have a great night twirling, singing and chewing coal. Oh, that’s the hammies 😉 xoxo

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      • Oh they will chew anything, these dudes. We never booked anything for this Hogmanay but will head down to the local scene which is not to be missed, I hear. Get some vino opened my friend unless you can fly in and join us xxx

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  13. Dear friend Ralph,

    I am so happy that you had a nice Christmas, but I think you’ve been hitting the Cabernet a bit much – lol. 😉

    Nancy

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    • Hello dear Nancy 😀
      Heehee. Luckily I don’t need to be inebriated to be silly, OR maybe my cats have spiked my coffee. Happy New Year dear friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  14. You lucky man, having 2 Christmas dinners really. You do have the best friends there… and a Christmas pudding wow .I can imagine it was fun with them all even without the tall slim woman…. and the lions… ehm cats. Glad you had a lovely Christmas!

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    • Good morning dear Ute 😀
      Yep, I was a lucky boy in having 2 dinners and great friends. I hope you had a lovely Christmas dinner. Did the carrots survive this year ? 😉
      I hope you all have a wonderful New Year my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  15. LOL Ralph, another great post. Happy (and well-fed) New Year!

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    • Thanks Michael. I hope your Christmas was a good one and 2016 will be kind to you. Ralph 😀

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  16. So that was Christmas, and now, not so sad man, here comes New Year’s, and I’ll bet a nice New Year’s cherub/baby (or is that Valentine’s Day?) will bring you a tall slim woman for the new year with lots of kisses on New Year’s Eve. Loved your sad tale, and smiled through the whole thing. (Ops, I meant cried.) Love you, MFR. xox

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    • Hi MVBFM 😀
      That’s right ! Not so sad now. Oooh, I like the idea of the New Year tall, slim woman 😀
      Thanks for your smiley (tearful) comment. I know ! This post is enough to make anyone weep 😉
      Happy New Year dear friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  17. Mr Sadman, send me a dream,
    Make him the cutest that I’ve ever seen”

    Sheesh, I spent Christmas alone, with a cat I was caring for whilst her owners were living it up in England. But, we had a good time, far as I can recall. Happy New Year, Ralphie and Cats, Inc. 🙂 ❤

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    • Awww ! You are like a songbird twittering in the morning sun, dear Yvonne.
      Oh no ! Alone ! A cat ! You are sad as well ! It’s catching ! I’ll send Rude Elf around. He can cluck in the Australian lingo.
      Happy New Year ! No falling in the canals now. 😉
      Ralph xox ❤

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  18. Sounds like a lovely Christmas Ralph! All the best to you and your wonderful friends, cats included. Xoxo

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    • It was a lovely Christmas Grainne. I do hope that you had a wonderful one too. Thank you so much. Happy New Year ! Ralph xox ❤

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    • LOL. Thanks Juls. We didn’t have brussel sprouts as no one in the family I visited liked them, but we had broccoli instead. Happy New Year my crazy friend 😀 Ralph xox ❤

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  19. you bring smiles and life to every breath we inhale. long live Ralph with health and happiness amen, happy new year in advance

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    • Thanks Wendy. I did have a wonderful Christmas. I hope you did too. Thank you and I do hope that 2016 is kind to you my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  20. La Multi Ani 2016— Happy New Year 2016


    Gândiţi-vă la trecerea dintre ani ca la o poartă. Puteţi să treceţi prin această poartă în noul an şi să luaţi cu voi doar lucrurile şi gândurile bune. LA MULŢI ANI!
    Consider the passage of years as a target. You can go through this gate into the new year and to take with you only good things and thoughts. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



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    • Thank you so much for these lovely Christmas pictures and words Ileana my friend. Happy New Year ! Ralph xox ❤

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  21. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas Ralph. Now I’m wishing you a wonderful New Year, filled with happiness, peace and love. xo ❤

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  22. What a fun post, Ralph! 🙂 I enjoyed reading it, and I am glad that you enjoyed Christmas. When I saw the photos of the dog and the cat wearing costumes, I instantly thought of my dog and cats and said to myself, “No way would they let me do that to them!” Costumes would start a pet rebellion at my house. 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Once again, thank you for your friendship and support this past year. I do appreciate it. 🙂

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    • I am with you about the costumes. My cats would rip me to bits if I tried to put costumes on them.
      I really do hope that you have a wonderful 2016 with total happiness my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  23. Big Smiles Ralph..Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.. Happy New Year to you and many Blessings for 2016… Love and Hugs Sue xx

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  24. Happy new year to you and hoping lots of surprises, safe travels and friends to keep you company, Ralph. Hugs, Robin xo

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    • Hello dear Robin. What a lovely surprise to get your comment. Thank you so much dear friend and may I return your wishes with a New Year hug and kiss. Ralph xox ❤

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  25. Thank goodness for your great friends, Ralph – and two invitations as well! It’s good to know you had a lovely, fun-filled Christmas and didn’t spend it alone. And that strawberry dessert looked delicious. 🙂

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    • Yes, I am so lucky to have kind friends locally. The dessert was very, very tasty. Take care Millie. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hi Loving 😀
      Sorry, you can’t have it 😉
      Thank you for your seal of approval Your Royal Hugginess.
      Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much LB. I was a very lucky boy to end up having such a wonderful Christmas. I hope you had a great Christmas too. Ralph xox ❤

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    • That must be very warming LB. I hope you all had a great time. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Vielen Dank Wolfgang. Ich hoffe, dass Sie und Ihre Familie ein wunderschönes Weihnachtsfest hatten, und dass 2016 sein wird, sehr freundlich zu euch allen. Ralph 😀

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  26. Hello lovely Ralph how I enjoyed this post and you have some special friends there !! Love to hear what you was eating during Christmas and finally there was the Christmas pudding 🙂 ! If you lived here I invited you too ! Xxx

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  27. You are something else dear Ralph!
    Of – course there is someone who wants to enjoy your company with them during the holidays. Who wouldn’t?
    Blessings to one & all who think of you & enjoy your company for the holidays & all days in-between.
    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx

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    • Awww ! You are sooo sweet RoSy my friend 😀 Such a wonderful comment from you. Thank you. Ralph xox ❤

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