We've been a busy house recently, elving away, making and baking and scurrying around in a mouse-like fashion. Experience has taught me that if I want to have a reasonably peaceful and stress free Christmas, and really relax into those last few moments before the big day, then I have to put the hours in now. I can't be one of those people who wrap their gifts on Christmas Eve, I just can't. I want to be enjoying a glass of something sparkly while watching Carols at Kings, not running around panicking because I've run out of sellotape.
Gifts are being furiously made. I have just discovered Downton Abbey (why did I never watch this before?? It's wonderful!) and watched the first three episodes in a row last night snuggled under a blanket, happily crocheting away.
Cards have been written and are piled up ready to post. Is it me or are stamps really expensive now?
Gifts for my god-daughter and her new baby sister were finished, packed up and taken to the post office.
A little present wrapping is taking place here and there.
I gave my cake it's marzipan layer. I don't really know why I do this as I detest marzipan and fondant icing, and always peel it from my cake and just eat the plain cake underneath (with crumbly, mature cheese - it's a Yorkshire thing) but I like the look of the iced cake, and I like traditions, so the cake is iced.
And we've made some pretty little tea-light holders, just jam jars covered in lace. I'll post more on these in a couple of days.
The gingerbread house is just about holding up. The door had to be mended when a friend of Angus's refused to believe that the door did not open and pulled and pulled at it. The paper trees are trashed. It is currently being invaded by a group of curious animals. I fear it may only last one Christmas at this rate...
How about you? Are you feeling festive? Organised or panicked? Tired? Excited? All of the above? What elving is afoot in your home?