December and Me

This lovely idea is Sian’s over at high in the sky.

I was laughing with my husband about the way things used to be and how very old and out of touch with the modern world we feel. There, did you notice? I used the phrase ‘Modern World’ I used it quite naturally, without thought, it’s become part of my language. My grandmother used to say that!

We used to go to the village to see what lovely things The Goblin Market had in stock. Call in at the bank to get some cash, then onto Cantells to look and possibly order some of our Christmas fayre. Then along the road to Elsies the florist to see what new ideas she had for christmas floral decorations. Drop in at the post office to buy stamps and drop them into the box outside. His mums or her mums for Christmas day lunch would already be decided, we go to the opposite one from last year. And on the way home call in at Clays the butcher to order what we wanted for new year

Now its all ‘on line’ Should I pay for next day? I’ve booked ‘my slot’ at the supermarket, I have until 15th to make alterations. My friend is taking me to a wreath making class. I can’t remember the last time I had any money in my purse, I don’t even need a few pounds since I can now fast pay on my card.
The ‘kids are going to Lapland to see Father Christmas for a week! What’s wrong with the co-op? Does he not go there anymore?
Mind you I remember e-mailing him last year!

Hey Ho as I’m prone to chanting these days. We will have a wonderful day, the only things I am making are some gifts for the family. I have long since learnt that Christmas is still magical even though the most I do is have a supermarket delivery, peel the sprouts and open the rather luscious Christmas pudding.
I need, ‘at home together’, more than anything this year.

Today I am sticking with the wonderful tradition of actually hand writing my Christmas cards with Christmas carols filling the air around me.

Happy December.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas this year is for the person reading this to be Healthy Happy and loved.

Fancy a cocktail at the Christmas club?

Missing Story Telling Sunday and it’s older sister A Christmas story, Sian suggested we might like to join her for three Sundays before Christmas to read one of her wonderful stories and maybe post one of our own.
Now mine is in no way amazing, in fact it’s not even a story, but one of Sian’s suggestions for starting the grey matter churning was
“At Christmas we…”

Well, at Christmas in our house we make this beautiful cocktail, in fact I have learnt that three other households around here also make Miriam’s Christmas in a glass.

Christmas story 2014

1 measure vodka
1 measure Disaronno
3 measures cranberry juice
2 measures orange juice
mix all together
shake over ice
and, if you like them, serve with maraschino cherries threaded on a small skewer.

Merry Christmas!

Thank you Sian

December and Me

December and me 2014

Faith, Hope and Love

So it’s arrived then? December I mean. There was I thinking it was ages away and in the twinkling of a Christmas light it’s here.

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Yes of course I complain:
“Where has all the time gone?
The last year I mean, twelve months, just gone!
What on earth am I going to get you?
Where am I going to store all the food?
The fridge isn’t big enough”.

Then you join in:
“What on earth have you ordered? How many have you invited?”
And back to me like a tennis ball. “Yes we do need all that wine
and the port and if you think I can cope with ½ a bottle of Amaretto left over from last Christmas you’ll be cooking your own Christmas lunch!”

But I love it, love December, all the prep, the carols, the friends dropping in, the drinks parties, the lunches, the family coming over.
Bringing the stuff down from the loft, (Yes, all of it please) forgetting it’s all still on our bed when we head up to bed.
The photos I take, the notes that I make, the lists, the cards and the sparkling lights.
The Christmas china, the table linen and the jolly napkins I like before the day. But, white linen napkins on the day.
The red-stemmed wine glasses, sugared almonds in the red cocktail glass and the chocolates in the little wicker hamper.
The twiggy tree, the beautiful welsh black crib figures with the little bail of straw that has survived another year in the loft. We had that at our old house and we’ve been here fourteen years!
All go on the big windowsill please.
The wrapping paper, ribbons and Washi tape. Yes that’s new but red of course.
Oh! Scented candles and the wreaths and the bells and the holly leaves.
The fairy lights, unravelled all around the room. Fingers crossed and breath held. Will they work? Will they work? Will they work?
Do you remember our dad checking all the beautiful big bulbs, giving them a little twist to see if they were just loose or ‘dud’
These days it’s all LED lights and no such thing as spares.
Oh! Mums golden reindeer! I know it looses its gold bits everywhere and every day, but she loved it and now I do too.
Mums *‘Flight out of Egypt’ that we bought her, she loved it so much and the remaining four figures from the crib we had as children, I like that on my kitchen windowsill. I expect you know the story of the babe wrapped in a bandage?
I’ll find it and post it in a few days.
The shopping, the deliveries, the crush and the rush
The films and the music, the cards and the love.
And the tree, the most beautiful, most perfect tree I can find to decorate with love and memories and maybe a glass of mulled wine while I think of you and the Christmases we’ve shared.

December and me, smiling, happy, singing along with Christmas carols, writing to my blog friends, spending time with ‘here’ friends
Sending love.
Feeling loved.

Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things work. Love makes all things beautiful.

December and me, like November and me is Sian’s lovely idea.

*The Flight out of Egypt is a black Welsh Slate figurine depicting this scene

Christmas Questions Answered

I saw this on Rinda’s bog. She saw it here , The original FMM meme is sponsored here

How will you celebrate the holidays this year?
We will be at home with lots of family visiting this year. My brother has parked his motor home on the drive. We will no doubt be having fun moving between the house, the festively light gazebo we have put up and the RV. I expect lots of laughter.

What’s the weather currently like where you live?
Rain of every type, every day, it is cold and miserable but today, this morning we have a window of sunshine. I will plant up the cyclamen I bought yesterday.


Do you decorate your home for the holidays?
Oh yes. I decorate the mantle shelf and around the fire. The large windowsill and a little in the kitchen. I like cream, white or red pillar candles, fresh greenery and various ‘things’ bought over the years.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Love Actually, The Holiday, Polar Express.

Favorite Christmas Carols?
Silent Night, Joy to the World

Do you have an advent calendar?

Yes. I made it for Ben in 1990. I still hang it even though some years now it is empty. This year I have put tags in the days when some thing is happening. When people are arriving or leaving or someone’s birthday.


Do you prefer coloured lights or white lights
White. But this year Ben has put some red berry lights in a large red glass dish: they look lovely. Oh! and there are coloured lights in the gazebo.

What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays?

Nuts and Medjool dates and any kind of shell fish which we tend to have over the New Year weekend



Do you display a live tree, or do you prefer fake trees?
We always have a real tree. I buy a broad leaved one and have very little needle drop, and with a beautiful perfume

What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year?
My family with me.
The flu like symptoms that are with Paul & I to go away,
And snow for a few days? Well it would kill the bugs?


Thank you for this Rinda, just perfect for today.