I just finished icing the Christmas cakes.I made two cakes and two puddings, one of each is going to S.Billy and DIL Janice who are having us over for Christmas dinner.Getting out Christmas day is very dependent on the condition of the roads as I cannot imagine there will be any gritting or salting being done.
My Christmas tree surrounded by the Secret Santa bags. We do Secret Santa each year as with 8 children and their respective partners and 16 grandchildren the cost of buying presents was going through the roof! Each of us now buys for one child and one adult with a limit of 50e for a child and 30e for an adult, D.Michelle takes on the onerous task of picking the names and matching them each year.The road conditions have meant some have not been able to deliver their presents up to my house or collect as yet, so my sitting room is a bit cluttered!
My very uncoordinated Tree especially for niece Catherine!100 multicoloured lights which play a selection of 24 Christmassy tunes, baubles some of which are years old and some things made by the children over the years.Yards of gold tinsel to finish it off! Christmas is for memories not colour coordination!
A stocking made by S.Barry when he began school, dated 1994, tatty cotton wool etc but he checks the tree every year to see if it is still there!
Empty yogurt carton bell made by Godson Ryan again in his first year in school, he is now 13 years old.
Loo roll Angel again from Ryan, this is a very mischievous looking Angel!
The hallway, on the radiator cover is a small fat Santa which I brought back from a Christmas market in Brussels about 10 years ago and next to him is a handmade glass votive holder which came for Prague about 4 years ago.Two of my daughters, Kathryn & Michelle and myself went to the Christmas market there, its as cold here now as it was over there in central Europe!
The little Christmas tree on the left is Douglas Fir, with batteries in he sings and talks!When some of the children were still living at home he used to scare the daylights out of them. I would leave him switched on and as he has a motion sensor as they were trying to sneak in late at night Douglas would shout 'What time is it, its Christmas Time and launch into a song!
My Nativity is newish, bought about 3 years ago.Its tin and very stylised,I think it is meant to be of Russian style.
Fireplace with ye old Christmas stockings!Various candles and figures have been around for years too.Ann if you are reading this your little Christmas chicken is on the right of the mantlepiece.
I like my 'old' decorations and they are put away each year and I look forward to seeing them again like old friends!