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When our girls were younger we would jump into the car one evening just before Christmas and have a tour of the neighbourhood lights. It became quite a tradition and we would secretly award a First, Second, and Highly Commended prize to the efforts of the unsuspecting contestants. The girls thought it was such great fun and even now they have flown the nest we still tend to have that neighbourhood tour wherever we happen to be. The picture above was captured in a little Shropshire town called Wem where we stay over at Christmas when visiting my mum in law. I love this fun part of Christmas especially all the over the top displays you come across in peoples gardens, I would never have a giant blow up Santa or a flashing neon reindeer but I love the people who do.
I expect like me you have all been very busy this weekend trying to put ticks against those never ending Christmas lists. If you haven’t please let me know your secret of how you can be so close to Christmas and not have an endless to do list! Yesterday the lights finally went up outside after the first lot didn’t work and we had to return them. We also bought the tree and delivered a few cards on the way home to save on postage.
Today I made the cake which is one of my favourite jobs as nothing beats that heavenly smell of the Christmas cake cooking all afternoon. The recipe I use is a virtually organic cake and the dried fruit is marinated in Brandy with the zest of an orange and lemon for 3 days before mixing the cake. The recipe suggest that you stir the fruit occasionally over the three days and add a little more Brandy if the fruit seems a little dry – I suspect sometimes we overdo the Brandy bit as we both tend to have a stir and add a tablespoon more each time we pass the bowl whether or not the fruit is seems a little dry!!
The cards are beginning to drop through the door thick and fast now – I received my first on the 1st and then the odd one or two over the last week and now suddenly we arrive home to a little pile on the doormat.
During this coming week it will be my younger daughters birthday on the 13th December and on the Sunday our family get together for my side of the family for the big present swap. Each alternate year we spend Christmas with my family and in-between with our respective partners families. This year my daughters go to their partners families for Christmas Day, my mum and sister to her new partners mums and we go to my mum in laws Care Home. So we meet before Christmas to get together and swap presents then next year we will all be together again for Christmas Day. We find this arrangement works quite well for us and we are perfectly synchronized!
So what do I need to do this coming week
- Make a few special cards to post
- Finalise the newsletters to enclose or email
- Get ready for our family get together
- It will also be a celebration of my daughters birthday as she was born on the 13th December so I need to fit in a birthday cake as well
- Buy a few more presents
- Begin wrapping the gifts as this can always take longer than I allow for
- Buy present for daughters birthday
- Get decorations down from the loft
- Put up the greenery along the Banister rails
How are your plans going everyone?