.... I did my Christmas shop and bought the turkey. I've put it in the fridge and will get it out tomorrow to continue defrosting so it can be cooked Christmas Eve.
It's been a day of doing bits and bobs like covering the Christmas cake in marzipan.
Then making chocolate marzipan balls for Mum with the left overs. She's coming down later to stay with us until Christmas Day or longer if she wants. She comes and stays over on Christmas Eve but I wanted her to come earlier this year as I fancied her company a bit longer than for just an overnight stay. Plus she's the only one brave enough to pull the neck out from inside the turkey!
While the kitchen was a mess I decided I may as well make Thomas some Christopher Elf Cookies as they will forever be known at Number 38. He thinks they're delicious.
Amy has been helping Thomas with his talent show props for Christmas Eve. Oh, I haven't told you what I'm doing yet have I. A one woman Nativity shadow show. You know the thing, where you stand behind a sheet and you become a shadow. Should be fun as I have several characters to play and of course it will all go wrong, so I very much doubt I'll be £10 richer at the end of it, but at least it will be a laugh.
I've had a re-jig of some of the decorations and Betty Boop has now joined us for Christmas. The ivy has gone, it had dried up and I couldn't be bothered to cut any more. More candles have also been bought.
And a little bunch of cream roses with some of my Christmas twigs have been added to the dining table.
Would you look at what Christopher Elf did this morning after Thomas sneaked in bed for a cuddle and went back to sleep. He must have been out for the count because apart from a couple of nose wiggles he didn't move while I did this. Shame Christopher could only draw freckles on one cheek.
I was expecting him to walk around most of the day like this, but his morning routine is to obviously admire himself in the mirror because within 2 minutes of him going in the bathroom he shouted "MUM, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE".
Tonight we are out with my brother and his partner. We're going to The Albert Square Chop House. We went for Marks' 50th and it's definitely worth a re-visit. I was prepared for the area to be heaving with people as it's near the town hall where one of the Christmas markets is set up, but apparently the markets all packed up yesterday so it probably won't be half as bad as I expected.
Right, going to have a brew and an hour with my feet up. It's an early start tonight, a 6pm set off, eating at 7pm. Which suits me fine. The older I get the more a late meal doesn't agree with me so eating early is perfect.
Hope you've all had a lovely day and the Christmas excitement is beginning to build up.