Day 362 – Days Are Numbered…

These two chocolate Santas on our Christmas tree are definitely on borrowed time – several of the other edible tree decorations have mysteriously disappeared while we have had visitors here over the last few days, and the rest will no doubt be eaten when the tree comes down early in January.

Tree decorations – iPhone

Day 361 – Air Force One…

No, not the aircraft, but my wife’s new trainers – a Christmas gift from our son. Weirdly both she and her very much younger granddaughter asked for these same trainers at Christmas – and were both delighted to receive them!

Air Force One trainers – iPhone

Day 359 – Where’s Everyone…?

On our way back from our daughter’s house today, I noticed that our local supermarket was completely deserted. Of course it’s Christmas Day and it’s one of only two days a year when it closes (the other day is Easter Day). It’s usually such a hive of activity it was quite a surprise to see the car park completely empty!

Supermarket (closed!) – iPhone

Day 357 – Elf…

Something of a ‘new found’ tradition is the Christmas Elf, and most families with kids seem to have one that visits each year. Apparently their job is to check up on the kids in the family and advise Santa who should be on the ‘nice’ list and therefore get super presents, but sadly the Elf always seems to be getting into trouble. Just look at what we came down to today…

Chippy, the Elf – iPhone

Day 355 – Dining Table…

Although we plan to spend Christmas Day on our own,we will be doing a fair bit of entertaining over the holiday period, and wanted to be sure our dining table looked festive and welcoming. Hence a bit of a run through a few days before the holidays. We commissioned a table decoration from a florist locally, and this gave us chance to try it all together. Looks pretty good!

Table centrepiece – iPhone

Day 354 – Christmas Traditions…

A few years ago, one of my granddaughters bought me this soft toy as a present, and each Christmas it comes out as part of the house decorations. It’s funny how we cling to family traditions, and there are certainly quite a few around the Christmas period…

Christmas toy – iPhone

Day 348 – Christmas Is Coming…

… and we now have all the Christmas decorations in place. We actually have 3 Christmas trees in the house – our usual large one in the kitchen, this smaller one in our sitting room, and a very small and special one in the hallway. Lots of twinkly light and baubles everywhere – wouldn’t be Christmas without them would it?

Christmas Tree #2 – iPhone

Day 342 – Christmas Message…

I’m not often seen inside a church, but the Christmas Carol Service in the local parish church is not to be missed. Full of families with kids, lots of carols, and mince pies and mulled wine afterwards. This simple tree decoration makes a powerful image…

Christ Church, Market Drayton – iPhone

Day 337 – Afternoon’s Work…

On a cold winter’s day there’s nothing I like more than staying home and tinkering about in the kitchen. Today was an opportunity to make some bread (much better than shop-bought) and makes some preserves for Christmas. The plastic pots are Cranberry Sauce to accompany the turkey, and the jars are Chilli Jelly – perfect for Christmas gifts for friends.

Home Made – iPhone