I’ve always had a real tree and couldn’t bring myself to have an artificial one although it might be easier with small children. I don’t think it’s a snobbish thing, I just love the smell and would gladly forgo other Christmas expenses just to have the real thing.
I love mince pies, my mum makes heavenly little bite sized, melt in your mouth versions with stars on the top which I try in vain to replicate every year. I don’t make my own mincemeat though, life’s too short.
My children have asked for these this year and I’m afraid I’ve acquiesced. After reading one of Kirsten’s posts a few weeks back I’ve decided to adopt the “something you want, something you need, something homemade and something to read” mantra for gift giving. These are what my children want.
Christmas decorations never went up in my house until about a week beforehand and on Christmas Eve in my husband's. We’re starting early by putting up the tree today.
I’ve spent 2 sweltering Christmases on the beach. One in Thailand and the other at Bondi Beach in Australia. This year it definitely looks like we're getting a cold white one.
My children listen to an awful CD called “Santa Sings” which I bought a few years ago, all year round. Oh yes, it's bad...Santa raps. Need I say more? Anyway, unfortunately they love it and Jingle Bells can be heard blasting from our house frequently during the summer. Maybe I should just "lose" this one somewhere for my sanity's sake.
I have no idea what to get my husband as a gift. I find this really tough every year, we try not to go overboard, but really, is renewing his annual subscription to Astronomy magazine OK?
Um, not Christmassy but news anyway, I have been offered an interesting, flexible, part-time job after a 5 year work hiatus which both excites and terrifies me at the same time. Can I cut it in an office after so long? Can I find good childcare for 2 children at short notice?
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