Mike was given a gift, and told to open it because something needed to go in the fridge - it was a bottle of port and a Stilton cheese. I was delighted - I hate port and never eat Stilton, so why the happy smile? Just look at the box it came in, a wooden crate that is just crying out to be altered.......
The tree is decorated.........
and it's always lovely to see old favourites come out of the box of decorations. These little ceramic climbing angels were bought in Budapest, Hungary...............
and these little angels came from a Christmas market in Prague.......
these silver bells were on my parents Christmas tree when I was a child.....
and this little chap came from Stuttgart, Germany - you put a scented cone inside and light it, he looks as if he is smoking a pipe!
A couple of last minute Christmas cards. This one used a clear stamp by Papermania UK
and this one is Luka by LaLaLand stamps
Things I love about Christmas:
Seeing the house all dressed up
A pile of presents under the tree
The happy look on someones face when they open their present from you and you know that you got it exactly right
Knowing that you have enough food in the house to feed an army, and won't have to cook for at least a week
That warm cinnamon/spicy/fir tree smell
Things I hate about Christmas:
Getting last minute Christmas cards from people you had forgotten
Getting last minute Christmas presents from people you had forgotten
Crowded car parks
The unhappy look on someones face when they open their present from you and you know that you got it really wrong
Realising late on Christmas Eve that you have forgotten some vital ingredient for next day's feast (happens every year)
Those news letters that some people put in with their cards. Don't bad things ever happen to these people? They are always full of promotions, brilliant children and world cruises (sorry, don't mean to offend anyone, but I would love to have one saying something like 'Aunt Bessie passed away in March, but it didn't bother us, we never liked her')
Oh no, I can feel a touch of Scrooge bubbling up, I'll stop there.......Note that my likes outnumber the dislikes :)