Christmas and Thursday’s Today’s Special Value

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Isn’t it amazing how we spend months planning Christmas and then it’s all over in the blink of an eye! I found a turkey in the end, and even had all my presents wrapped by midday on Christmas Eve which was quite a feat for me.

I recorded The Polar Express which is a truly traditional Christmas film in which Tom Hanks plays every character with the exception of the reindeer and that’s only because they don’t speak, and then I forced my boys to watch it! Even though they’re 19 and 15 it brought the spirit of Christmas back for them and they had already opened their stockings by 8am Christmas morning!

We had a lovely day and not only did we all get some lovely thoughtful gifts but lunch was served on time and every morsal was eaten. I have to let you know that I had some help in the kitchen, courtesy of our New Year’s Day Today’s Special Value. I’ll be bringing it to you at midnight on the 1st January and I know you’re going to love it.

I enjoyed Julian’s anniversary show yesterday and I know he was very chuffed with all your lovely texts and emails. We made copies of them for him to keep and show his family.

Since then I’ve been rushing round cleaning up pine needles and tidying up generally, oh and making a cake – again with a little bit of help from my new Today’s Special Value friend. Was doing really well until I managed to get cochineal all over my fingers and, without realising, wiped it on my nose… Rudoph the red nosed reindeer’s got nothing on me!

I’m with you right the way through the build up for New Year and the big day itself, and there’s so much to look forward to you’ll be out of breath just watching. 

I do hope you all had a marvellous Christmas, and I wish you all that you wish for yourselves in 2009. 
See you soon, Ali xx

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