I hope that all your Christmas preparations are progressing as planned. My husband was away for a few days last week visiting relatives abroad, so my daughter and I had a wonderful evening decorating the Christmas tree. There is a longstanding joke that I am rather OCD about the tree, (well quite a few things actually) so I do tend to rearrange things once everyone has left and I am on my own! Choosing the tree is my job and one I take very seriously, I love a real tree it has to be the perfect shape with thick needles. You can't beat the smell of a fir tree and any branches that need trimming are perfect for making the wreaths for the door.
I hadn't realised it had been so long since my last post. where does the time go? I guess it has something to do with "that time of year". Suddenly we seem to be hurtling full on towards Christmas, how did that happen? We have been so immersed in the building here that somehow the days/weeks pass and we haven't noticed.
I love the whole Christmas package, yet although I promise myself each year to be more organised, buy less, plan more, worry less etc, it always seems to arrive and I am as unprepared as previous years. Maybe the secret is to just go with the flow and hang the consequences!
I am one of those people that adores buying presents for others. I love to hunt out things that will really suit the recipient, so each year it becomes more difficult to achieve. Confess, last year I did nearly all my shopping online, it arrived in great time, no crowds, travel, fighting for a parking space etc. Think I will probably do this again, and maybe just choose a few special things in person.
I love wrapping gifts in front of the fire with a great Christmas type film on, something like the Holiday, cheesy, romantic and so in season.
images via crush cul de sac, patterson maker, the curious bumblebee and the fuller view.
My daughter has returned from her travels, safe and brown, full of wonderful stories and memories. A journal bursting with every detail and reminder to share forever. Somehow knowing she will be sharing Christmas with us makes it so much more worthwhile. Now where is that mince pie?