On Sunday we took Sienna to Housing Units to look at the Christmas Decs. It was all very festive and everything was beautifully displayed but when I see things for sale at inflated prices that I've seen elsewhere I tend to get put off buying anything at all.
She was still with us Monday so we took her to see Joan then carried on to the garden centre to show her some more twinkles and pets corner. We'd told her she'd been to the zoo! When she's a bit older we will take her to the Disney store, combine it with a 50p ride and tell her she's been to Disneyland :)
Christmas has arrived at Number 38 and the tree is now up. I've pushed the boat out this year and bought some new gold baubles. Apart from that everything else is pretty much the same.
Setting up The Nativity is always a favourite part for me.
And this year I've tried to bring a little bit of the outside into the house. I'm still on the lookout for holly and mistletoe.
Must admit I was sorely tempted to buy a real tree this year but resisted. The thought of all those pine needles in the car put me off.
I picked up the Radio Times from Lidl and have circled all the programmes I want to watch. Call the Midwife is always the first programme I look for and the Christmas Day episode heralds the start of a new series. Other programmes circled are A Muppet's Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, Ethel and Ernest and Last Tango in Halifax. I don't watch any soaps and reading the blurb for EastEnders at the bottom of the photo reminds me why.
The new gold plate is filled with chocolates. We are all piggies where chocolate is concerned so the rule is a couple of handfuls get put out every evening but when they're gone, they're gone. This is one job Mark is quite happy to do, probably because his hands are a lot bigger than mine.
Christopher Elf continues to be naughty and is skating on thin ice. This week there has been some ketchup squirting going on.
Some snowman and igloo building.
A cheeky photocopy of his bottom.
And he built a rather freaky looking snowman while we were asleep.
It's been a busy week but it hasn't felt particularly productive although I've enjoyed what I've done.
I went shopping with Mum on Tuesday and met my friend for lunch on Wednesday which meant as well as having Sienna Sunday and Monday there wasn't much done for 4 days and I suddenly felt behind with housework and plans. It doesn't help that school finishes next week so I feel as though Christmas is only 7 days away when there's actually another 2 weeks to go. In a bid to get some perspective I rifled the bookshelf for this advent book and calm has been restored.
I've also managed to get a few things done the past couple of days so I'm feeling more organised again especially as all the presents have been bought and wrapped which is a big weight off my mind. Not sure if I've already shown you these bath bombs I bought at St Anne's but they deserve a second photo for cuteness.
I spotted this lovely little book when I was in Middleton and picked one up for me and one for Amy's stocking. There's always something to be thankful for don't you think and my first entry may well be 'finding this for only £2'.
Yesterday I made some festive buns, popped a plate of sandwiches and some fruit on the table with a few other bits and pieces and we had a 'help yourself' tea mainly because me and Mark were having a marathon session watching 'The Tudors' and I didn't want to stop and cook. It went down a treat and when Thomas saw what was on offer said "ooh a party"!
I've decided tomorrow seems a good time to start my daily blogging so my 12 Days of Christmas will become 14 Days of Christmas, but I'm sure nobody is counting.
So until tomorrow.