The past two days have passed by in a blur of frantic activity and happy feel good. Yesterday was spent wrapping and delivering presents and cards to friends and neighbours around town, and doing The Food Shop. I went by myself (twice) to the supermarkets, walking down in the rain pulling my trusty shopping trolley behind me. It was surprisingly stress free, and I might even go so far as to say I enjoyed the experience. Kind of.
Since last Wednesday when the tree was finally put up I've been really, really loving the glow of 200 coloured lights in the corner there. The tree is, as usual, completely laden with baubles and decorations (decked out by Little Lady and a very enthusiastic Little B), and looks beautifully bright and cheerful.
It's become something of a tradition for me to have red tulips on the table at Christmas, and this year I've gone for tulips+glitter for an extra bit of festive sparkle. They look so pretty, I really love the whole idea of adding glitter to flowers, well I just love glitter full stop.
I spent a good part of today with an apron on over my pyjamas, tidying and cleaning like a mad thing. I got it into my head yesterday that the house needed to have a very thorough Home Blessing before the Big Day, and I somehow managed to find the energy to spend 3 hours doing it this afternoon. Our downstairs living space had gotten ridiculously untidy (the Shelves of Doom were beginning to make a come back, much to my horror), so it was a lot of work, but I am sooooooooo happy that I made the effort to give it a bit of a sort out. Even the table is now remarkably clear of paper snippets, glitter, sellotape, newspapers, magazines, wrapping paper, pens, envelopes, toys etc.
Part of todays Home Blessing also involved stripping and washing my
bed linen as I really do love to go to bed on Christmas Eve with freshly
laundered bedding. I kept my own little personal Christmas tradition
going this year with new pillowcases and new pyjamas....
I finally finished adding the seasonal touches to my two fireplaces this morning too. I'm so sorry my photographs today are a bit pants but the persistent rain has made the light rather dull and gloomy. Still, you can get an idea of how it's looking...much the same as last year actually, but no less lovely for being samey.
I had such fun getting out my mini glass baubles again this year and decorating my twigs, oh it made me so happy! Fun and Joy indeed. Little Lady was helping me here and she really enjoyed unpacking the box and setting it all up. Out came the little wooden christmas tree, the wooden train, the quirky little homemade pom pom robins (I love them so), and the wooden nativity. All stuff from previous years, and already a part of her childhood memories.
I had a bit of a faff with this fireplace actually, more specifically trying to hang and display my beloved wreath. I tried (and failed) to hang some paper behind it to make a kind of a background/frame, so it looks a bit weird hanging over the top of the picture. But anyhow, it is there, and I love it very, very much.
I have candle jars along my mantel again this year, and I had grand plans to turn these into a Christmas Village with the cunning and creative use of paper cutting. I adore paper houses, and Christmassy paper houses just send me into a spin of desire. A few months ago I began saving glass jars, and I even bought some coloured card, craft knives and glitter (got to have glitter on the rooftops). I had something like this in mind, but in colour. If I get some time later this week I may still give it a go.
My frenzy of tidying and cleaning ended around about 3pm this afternoon, and I literally collapsed on the sofa with exhaustion. J took over and lit the fire, handed me a glass of chilled prosecco and proceeded to bake a loaf of bread (yes, he really did! He made Xmas fruity walnut beer bread, and it was divine!). He then went on to cook dinner for us all. I was truly grateful, I don't think I would have had the energy.
Late this afternoon, while J was baking/cooking in the kitchen, I lay on the sofa with my two youngest and we watched The Polar Express. Wow, what a fabulous movie for Christmas Eve! We have seen it loads of times over the years, but it was the first time watching it with Little B. His excitement for all things Christmassy has been the sweetest thing this year, and I can't wait to see it all unfold in the morning. Just before he went to bed we sprinkled some reindeer dust in the back yard, and put out refreshments for the Big Man and Rudolph too. Stockings are hung and as far as I know (almost 10pm now) all three Little Peeps are tucked up and asleep. It feels wonderful, and my heart is full of gratitude.
I'm going to go and cosy up by the fire now with my lovely hubby, but I'll be away to bed myself soon (oooooooo new rosy pillowcases!).
Wishing you all a warm, cosy and blissfully happy Christmas Time. Fun and Joy to you all!