Claire Sutton at Christmas

My favourite Christmassy things…

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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.

Claire Sutton Christmas

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.

Claire Sutton Christmas

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.

Nativity costumes

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.

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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.

Ronni Nicole red lace dress

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!!

xxxx

29 Comments

  1. Christine December 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire what lovely photos it is good to look back at Christmas past. You will look lovely in the dress. Have a lovely time. Wish you and family Merry Christmas.
    Take Care X X

  2. Sarah December 15, 2016 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    What a fantastic blog Claire. I loved the picture of your gorgeous family. Wishing you all a wonderful happy Christmas x

  3. Rebecca December 15, 2016 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    This is such a lovely blog Claire. You look like such a lovely happy family. I love the old pictures. Im liking the red dress …i’m still to get my Christmas day outfit sorted so i best get cracking with that. It’s great to get dressed up for Christmas. I love it. Happy Christmas to you and best wishes for 2017.

  4. Claire Sutton December 15, 2016 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Christine, a wonderful Christmas to you and yours too xx

  5. Claire Sutton December 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Aaaah Thanks Sarah, mist make sure the camera gets out this year too.. Document the changes in us all.. In some more years I’ll think we were all so young , as I do now about all those I posted ! Happy happy Christmas x

  6. Claire Sutton December 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Rebecca,
    I always try to do the dress up on Christmas Day , but cooking etc need to be realistic with choice, so was thrilled with the lace dress.. Good luck looking for yours – happy Christmas to you and yours xxx

  7. Gillian December 17, 2016 at 5:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, what lovely pictures of the children growing up, it’s nice to get them out every so often isn’t it and see how young we all looked? Am loving the red dress and I know you will look wonderful in it. Wishing you and your lovely family a Very Happy Christmas and good health and happiness in 2017.xx

  8. rose broomfield December 17, 2016 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    lovely to see your photos of christmas past Claire, i have my son and daughter in law coming after christmas with granddaughter ella 4 and grandson ethan 2 months they live in scotland and have my son and daughter who still live at home so have a house full but love that i have them here for christmas have a wonderful time xx

  9. Steven December 17, 2016 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hope you have a fantastic Christmas gorgeous lady xx

  10. Susan December 18, 2016 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Claire! I love your blogs. So fun and like listening to a friend! The photo you posted of you all on the bridge, oh goodness, how gorgeous you all are. Enjoy your crazy christmas!x

  11. Helen Heywood December 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Great blog. Have a lovely fun filled Christmas & a Happy New Year x

  12. Sue December 19, 2016 at 3:35 am -  Reply

    As always a wonderful blog. It is often at this time of year that we tend to sit and take stock of what we have to be truly grateful for. Sadly we live in an uncertain world and although whatever gifts I will gratefully receive to spend time around the dinner table surrounded by the people I love will be the true highlight.
    Enjoy your Christmas with your loved ones and wishing you a Happy New Yearxx

  13. Marianne December 19, 2016 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Love your brog Claire. Especially the ones of them in their Santa outfits.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a fun time. xx

  14. Claire Sutton December 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Gillian,
    A wonderful happy Christmas to you and all yours , love Claire xx

  15. Claire Sutton December 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Rose,
    Oh a lovely house full for you with Rose and Ethan adding to the lovely memories – how wonderful- enjoy and happy Christmas xx

  16. Claire Sutton December 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Steven, Thankyou ! And a super Christmas to you too 🙂 x

  17. Claire Sutton December 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Susan,
    Oh I’m so glad you enjoy my chatter:-) I love that picture too, need more as a five this year , they’re harder and harder to get !!
    Have a lovely time over this Christmas period – with love Claire x

  18. Claire Sutton December 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Helen,
    Thankyou I hope it’s fun filled too- and for you too 🙂 my love Claire xx

  19. Claire Sutton December 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Sue, I completely agree- I sometimes think I live with bated breath praying all will stay well in my world…. Appreciation will be my feeling too, much love to you xx

  20. Claire Sutton December 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Marianne,
    Oh and I do remember trying hard to get a ” shot” to put in the Christmas card that year! I took lots- thankfully 🙂 Happy Christmas, c xx

  21. dee December 22, 2016 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    happy Christmas Claire to you and your family

  22. Claire Sutton December 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas to you too Dee,
    Love Claire x

  23. Eileen December 22, 2016 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire what great photos of the family you all have a good Christmas and New Year nice to see how your children have grown I’ve been with qvc from day one you takecare xx

  24. Gill Albutt December 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire.wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful festive time. You must be so proud of your children. All the very best for 2017. You are so lovely. Love Gill xx

  25. Jane December 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas! Just admiring your black top in the photo of you and other QVC presenters on Kathy Taylors blog, and wondering if it was a QVC top? Hope you dont mind me asking x

  26. Claire Sutton December 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jane, do you know it is a very dark green and a Zara one , not qvc this time xx

    • Jane January 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Claire, thank you for your reply and info. Happy New Year to you and your family x

  27. Claire Sutton December 30, 2016 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Gill,
    That’s lovely of you- Thankyou so much – love Claire xx

  28. Claire Sutton December 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Eileen,
    A lovely original customer- Thankyou so much for all your continued shopping with us all- Happy New Year to you – love Claire xx

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