I am devastatingly disorganised this year with Christmas goings on. Like huuugely late with just about everything. It's the twenty second today, and I finally managed to get out in the snow to mail parcels off to my family. I asked my friend who was with me if she thought the parcels would get there on time if I posted them First Class. She looked at me, shook her head and said "not a cat in Hells chance!" Ahh, that's a resounding No then. Pffffff. I sent a message to my brother asking him to tell my poor wee nephews that their Aunt Lucy is a dreadful scatterbrain, and that their gifts would be a tad late. My parents already know that their daughter is a dreadful scatterbrain and never expect things to arrive on time anyways, least of all at Christmas when there are a million and one things scrambling for my attention.
But late gifts and unwritten cards aside, the house is in full festive swing and is well and truly Decorated for Christmas. That at least is one thing that seems to've happened on time and without a hitch. Pheww.
Our tree and decs came up and down from the cellar and the attic on the twelfth of December, much to the delight of the Littlies. Oh yes, delight too for their dreadfully scatterbrained Mother who positively loves to be reunited with her beloved decorations each year. Not sure who was more excited, but it was lovely-lovely-lovely. Such a thrill to unpack all the baubles (ahhhhhhh the colours!!!), and to gently unwrap the tissue paper surrounding our favourite decorations. They did not disappoint.
The lights, well the lights were a little troublesome this year. They were quite stubbornly tangled for a while. You can see I had some untangling assistance from my little mini sidekick, he thought the lights were incredible. In-CRED-I-BLe. If you could look up from those chubby little hands and see the look of delight on his face, you would melt I tell you. Oh yes, he loved the lights so much!
The tree, our old old artificial one from yonks back which cost us £7.50 is still going strong. And as usual, all of the decorating was carried out by the Little People. We had to do it over several days cos there was quite a bit of argumentation over who-gets-to-balance-precariously-on-the-back-of-the-sofa-to-hang-the-high-up-decorations, and I had to referee quite fiercely. But they did eventually manage between them to do a cracking good job.
I took this photograph one morning last week when the sun was streaming in through the bay window....the reflections all across the wall and ceiling were mesmerising, it was soo beautiful.
And of course at night the tree lights give the whole room that special magical Christmas glow....so glad that last year I made the switch from white lights to coloured ones, there is something very nostalgic about coloured Christmas tree lights don't you think??
And this is our fireplace....
....with the mini pom pom and snowflake garland looking quite fabby if I say so myself.
The paper snowflakes in front of the window have been a huge success and everyone who's visited our house recently has loved them. I've already decided that these will most definitely not be taken down on twelfth night, they'll stay up until the Spring time. Cos they are Seasonal rather than Festive, yup.
The beautifully coloured foil paper chains I made last week are also looking lovely, if a bit over the top. I love them, but then I do love childish things and understand they are not for everyone.
I've bought these Seasonal Tulips every year since I've lived in this house (our fourth Christmas here), they are always reliably in the supermarket and only cost a few pounds.
I know the "seasonal" bit of the bouquet only amounts to some sprayed gold twigs in with the bog standard tulips, but I love it all the same.
I also love-love-love these darling little robins, oh my goodness, they made me so ridiculously happy when I came across them squished at the bottom of one of the Christmas bags. The Little People made them last year, I think they are completely adorable and I hope they stick around for many more Christmases to come.
These are the little bits and bobs that are on our table at the moment. The Christmas house tin is a particular favourite (I bought it from John Lewis two years ago), it has a mechanical wind-up music box inside it which plays a wibbly wobbly tinny version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". We wind it up after each evening meal when the LP get to have a chocolate from the tin, and we've discovered that Little B also likes it a lot. He sits at the table in his high chair and bops to the music, very cute indeed.
These little objects were greeted with such excitement by the Little Peeps this year because they remembered them so fondly from last year and the year before that. I love the idea that through our decorations we are tentatively building some simple family traditions around Christmas time. Creating Childhood Memories for the Little People if you like.
Makes me very happy.
Very-very-very happy in fact ♥