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 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 335 – Doors…

It’s traditional to have Advent Calendars in December, where a little door is opened every day until Christmas Day, exposing a small gift or a piece of chocolate. We have our own version of this – a wooden Advent Calendar with little drawers, but instead of chocolate, each drawer has an inspiring quote or motto. The grandchildren love the idea, and re-using it each year avoids paper and plastic waste.

Advent Calendar – iPhone

Day 309 – Whatever Next…?

Its about this time of year that we see Advent Calendars for sale – traditionally 24 small doors hiding chocolate treats, one for each day in December before Christmas Day. In recent years a desire to widen the customer base has seen versions with small bottles of gin or wine behind the doors, but this version, a CHEESE Advent Calendar really takes the biscuit…

Cheese Advent Calendar – iPhone

Day 304 – Halloween, Finally…

When we were younger, Halloween didn’t amount to much at all. Although its origins are in Irish folklore, it’s only the relatively recent influences from the USA that have made it what it is today. It’s big business now, with costumes (seemingly for adults as well as kids) and all manner of mostly plastic ‘stuff’ for decoration. This is my daughter’s house today!

Halloween decorations – iPhone