It's been a busy week but a very lovely one. Bella turned thirteen and it all felt very grown up. Presents were few, smaller and cost more, and opened early before school.
No parties (I'm not especially sad that phase is over if I'm honest) but she chose to go shopping after school and have dinner out in Wagamama.
She still ordered off the children's menu though. :-)
The last week at work has been fun and my Secret Santa gift was particularly inspired.
A half day finish on Friday meant that we could go on one of our first after-work dog walks during daylight hours in a long time.
It has rained so much lately and everywhere is very muddy.
Saturday morning was spent at home, making cards, drinking coffee, planning menus and writing a huge shopping list.
This kitchen table scene makes me happy.
Later that day we went to the theatre to watch a pantomime with my parents, then had fish and chips for tea afterwards. Such a nice start to the holidays.
I have loved receiving Christmas cards this year. I persevere with this tradition because I think it's a nice way to stay in touch with people, plus it's one of the few times of the year when post is fun. My friend Charlotte made the card above from sea glass.
Crafting is always what keeps me sane, and I found a few moments here and there this week to sew this little mistletoe hoop from last year's Winter Craftpod. It was the perfect seasonal project and I enjoyed every stitch.
Sunday was spent elving. We picked up the food shopping, baked mince pies and ginger cake, made peppermint bark, decorated the Christmas cake and made the gravy for Christmas day.
Yesterday was similarly industrious; changing beds, vacuuming, washing, ironing, and generally getting the house ready for guests. And today will include picking up the turkey and ham, cooking the ham, making a yule log, making a tiramisu for those who don't like Christmas pudding, and preparing the vegetables for the big day. Christmas is hard work, isn't it?
But I have family around me and John to share the workload. I have food in the house, presents under the tree, and the promise of quiet home days once the big day has passed, so I do feel extremely fortunate. Oh, and I have lots of prosecco in the fridge too so I think I will make myself a kir royale later, and drink it while I listen to Carols from Kings.
Merry Christmas lovely people. I hope your day is filled with warmth and laughter.