So today has been all about peeling spuds, chopping carrots, crossing sprouts (why do we cross sprouts? Does anyone know?) and making trifle. My mum is the trifle making expert of the world but as she's not here this year she has passed her legendary trifle recipe on to me and I've done my best to recreate it. Time will tell whether there's enough sherry in it …
After tomorrow's dinner was prepped, the final presents were wrapped and the hall was hoovered we gathered as a family (Katie having enticed Dan out of his pit for the first time in months) to play a game or three of Buzz while demolishing the best part of a bottle of Harvey's Bristol Cream and watching some telly. This evening has involved a couple of pints down The Folly, jacket potatoes with chilli, wine and falling asleep in front of the box. We're now watching Come Dine With Me before bedtime and a visit from the Man in Red.
So we bought a tree today, and then went on search of a few new decorations. We decided we had enough baubles in the end, so we bought some tinsel to go round the banisters and some garland thingies for the ceiling. The tree is up but the ceiling will have to wait till another day!
The fairy is one that Steve and I (but mainly Steve!) made in the practically round of a recent pub quiz!
My advent calendar told me today there are only 14 days to go. All around the town there are trees and lights and decorations – it's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Our house is still bare … And will be till Katie is home from university as she is our Christmas Tree Elf and will be decorating the tree – and the entire house, if I know Katie – on Thursday.
Our Xmas decorations are a mixed old bag. Some of them belonged to my grandma; some were acquired through Freecycle a few years ago; others have been bought in dribs and drabs as and when the budget allowed. We even have some home made decorations from our first Christmas as a single parent family, when money was tight but we spent a splendid Sunday afternoon collecting pine cones and holly, baking salt dough stars and spraying them all gold.
I'm planning on buying a few new decorations for our tree this year but I need your help. Inspire me … Show me your tree, tinsel or favourite baubles! I'd love to see your photos, so leave a link in the comments below, or email me your picture and I'll feature them all on another blog post – along with some photos of our tree!