I bought the Christmas TV times at Lidl this morning and have ticked off what I want to watch. Call the Midwife, Carols from King's, Agatha Christie's Then there were None, What the Dickens, The Dad's Army Story, Mrs Brown's Boys and Sunshine on Leith. Oh, mustn't forget The Snowman either. As the Thorntons chocolates have now gone I treated myself to some dates. Trouble with these is once I start eating them I really can't stop.
Rachel over at Eternally 28 got the Catchphrase card really quickly yesterday. I thought I'd post one a day until Christmas just for a bit of fun so here's the next one. At her request I'm not going to give the answer until tomorrow, but I bet you all get it really quickly. In fact, even if you don't want to leave a message why not send me the answer when you've worked it out. You won't see Mark's name in the comments that's for sure!
I've finished the jigsaw. It wasn't as easy as it might look. All those colours that should have been obvious to piece together just merged into each other and were quite hard to define. But I got there in the end.
And my cross stitch is done. I really enjoyed this and will be buying myself another one in the New Year. Nothing too big or too complicated, just something similar in size that I can pick up for an hour here and there and have finished in a week or so. Next time I just need to make sure the top stitch of the crosses are going in the same direction.
I bought Thomas' stocking fillers today so that's it. All presents are wrapped, labelled, ribboned, bowed and tagged. These are Amy's. Now she's older she appreciates pretty wrapping so gets the full works. Thomas' are all Santa, Father Christmas and Snowmen with not a bow or ribbon in sight. I've just realised the reindeer are upside down haha!
The tree is going up tomorrow. I'll set it up while Amy and Thomas are at school and put the lights on then when they come in it's all theirs to decorate as they see fit. I might weed a few of the decorations out and put them back in the shed so we're a bit more colour co-ordinated this year. Then again I might not.
All I need to do is sit back with a glass of Baileys in my hand and watch their "creativeness" emerge while I listen to Perry Como and Bing Crosby crooning in the background.
Perry and Bing singing is a Christmas tree decorating tradition started by Mum back in the 1970's when we were all little which I still follow, although I think her tipple of choice was a small glass of sherry.
I can still remember the excitement of decorating the tree to the sound of O Holy Night and White Christmas, then her re-decorating it when we'd gone to bed! Good memories indeed.