My favourite thing about Christmas? I reckon you all know me well enough by now to shout it out… yup… it’s the chance to all be together! I am soooo predictable but it really is the best thing, a chance to slow down and to minimise the agenda, a chance to put the ordinary on hold, albeit it momentarily and just, sing if you want to… and I really want to. I simply love a Christmas carol and used to love carol singing when we were little. Now when the children were little, forget “The Wheels on the Bus” it was “O Little Town of Bethlehem” all the way. I used to trill away in the car at them and still do, much to their disgust.
Personally I love a bit of descant and am the one in church who takes the breath and goes for the “siiiiiiinng choirs oof aaaaangeeels”, written as one trills it!… as high as you like… I absolutely love it, Dan just laughs at me and says “Oho she’s off”.
Midnight mass when I used to go with Mummy was just perfect cos she is a fellow descanter, we have no shame and just join in where usually the choir do their thing!
Now because its Christmas there is way more hugging and kissing… and I’m a big fan of physical contact at any time of the year. There are all those hugs for presents gratefully received and there are hugs for people you see in the build up who ordinarily wouldn’t go in for a kiss, but in the season of peace and goodwill to all men they often brave it and if they are tentative about it, well I will scoop them in, mistletoe or no mistletoe! Better keep the lips puckered up and kissable, colour and hydration required so Mally’s H3 Lip Gloss Trio more than fits the bill. A little lipstick never hurt, well said Lulu Guinness… this slogan pouch is the perfect one for me.
I love a twinkle and a sparkle , again at any time of the year so it’s a season of delirious happiness for me, sequinned EVERYTHING, lights EVERYWHERE, and glitter adorning even the most mundane of things “Hooray and freeze frame it all” I say.
I find myself emotionally charged at Christmas, even more than usual (and that’s saying something). Golly when the children were smaller I liked nothing more than the school nativities and concerts. There was a sweet naivety about the children in their cobbled together outfits, fidgeting with their tights half way down their legs and the itching of heads as the tinsel halo’s invariably slipped down mid performance. Their expressions as they were ushered into the hall, half embarrassed and half beaming with pride got me everytime. Oh those were the days! And although I say it myself Tom as a cow (costume made by yours truly) was definitely a moment to remember. I have found a few photos of days gone by, including little ol’ me in a mightily short frock! Oh I am feeling so very nostalgic having found a crate load of photos… now that will be a task for 2017 I feel.
The current pace of life as Christmas looms is pretty speedy, the extra surge that “Crikey it’s how many days away?” is a permanent cry year after year, though secretly I suspect that’s how I must like it. Crazy busy and trying to cram things in, marking the small spaces I can still find in my diary with FINISH SHOPPING, WRAP and most importantly BREATHE!
My tree is up, the house lights are on and a garland is on order from QVC for my lounge.I am booked in to make a wreath for my front door I am so excited and can’t wait. I have ordered the little set of Bethlehem Lights as they are suitable for indoor and outdoor and I will weave then through my wreath as I go. I promise I will put a picture up, even if it is rubbish.
Dan is madly busy, amazingly people are all still wanting to sort their gardens out. It’s as busy as spring for him. As he has been SUCH a good boy he has been allowed his Christmas present early – a vintage leather chair for his office, let’s hope he can actually catch a moment to sit in it by his open fire at some point. So at this stage, it all appears that Christmas is simmering beautifully. Tickets are booked for all the family to watch Maddie in her Pantomime on Christmas Eve and there are parcels arriving at the house daily. I have even decided on my Christmas day dress… red lace from Ronni Nicole, it’s so lovely, and the colour, how totally appropriate! ( I usually order a 12 but downsized to a 10 in this… and I see its beautiful in the blue too..)
So all that remains is the small matter of the food to deal with, we have various visitors throughout the festive season and of course the Christmas lunch to host. I am lucky that is Dan’s domain!
I am wondering if there may be a teeny window to squeeze in a drinks do with our neighbours, amidst the bursting diary. I must check on the sherry, gin,whiskey, mulled wine, port etc etc. Now that IS my domain.Cheers one and all a truly Happy Christmas and hugs and kisses all round!!