Christmas Eve has arrived. There was still a lot of hustle and bustle in the village earlier – the last-minute dash to the Co-op and Post Office for those forgotten items; but in the main people are settling down at home now and soon calm will descend on the village again. We were out this afternoon completing my final Advent task. This is how my Advent days 19 to 24 panned out…
Day 19 my task read ‘make lemon curd for gifts and save a jar to keep’. I had just four organic lemons to make some lemon curd – there was enough for 3 jars – one jar went to my younger daughter yesterday and another into a home made hamper for my elder daughter and of course one saved just for me for my toast tomorrow.
Day 20 was set aside to make a gift for three of my closest friends. I bought some of those wall calendars that you can put your own photos in. I needed 3 and was lucky to find that Boots did three for the price of two so they only cost me £5.33 each plus printing costs.For each friend we chose a selection of photos some months included pictures of themselves (unseen footage) and we also found photos of places they might recognise.
Day 21 this advent task was the grand wrapping day. I always like to make my gifts more individual by wrapping each of them differently – I think it makes a gift mean so much more.
I filled a bag with a few goodies for my mum to enjoy…
You may remember the gift envelopes I made from last years Christmas cards in January (see here). For the smaller gifts I often use printed tissue paper – I absolutely loved this old-fashioned Christmas design with the holly. The little clay dove tag I made in a previous year. With difficult presents I wrap them in tissue paper and then put them into plain craft bags that have been stamped or you could stick a Christmas picture onto the bag from an old Christmas card.The calendars were wrapped in plain brown paper and then stamped with snow flakes.I also keep a roll of wrapping paper when I want something just a bit special and try to tie in the colours of the paper with a tag made from …you guessed it…an old Christmas card.
Day 22 – ‘set some time aside to read a favourite Christmas book’
Who can avoid reading Miss Read at Christmas time – tales of village folk and their country ways. I wanted to get the Village Christmas but could not find it to buy and the library do not seem to stock her anymore. So I settled for rereading an old copy of Battles at Thrush Green and after tea watched another episode of Poirot.
Day 23 – ‘a birthday party celebration’
For this we made our way once again up to North Yorkshire on the A1(M) putting the car onto automatic (Ha ha!) to go to my sister’s house where we were celebrating my niece’s 21st birthday with family and friends. It was a lovely do and I got to see Little L and Sweetie once again and also exchange any gifts. My sister now has the largest house and it is a perfect entertaining space (not that I am deeply envious or anything!). The draw back is I cannot even make a cuppa tea as there is no kettle, only one of those strange taps, and I have to guess which cupboard houses the fridge from a bank of cabinets and I always choose the wrong one.
Day 24 – Christmas Eve…delivering the remainder of our presents to our friends. This is so enjoyable as most people have done all they are going to do by now and we can go from house to house enjoying a drink, a biscuit and a natter. This year took rather longer than expected so I over ran and have missed the Crib Service which was included in my Advent task so I might go to the Midnight Mass later.
So that is the end of my Advent activities – I switched a couple of tasks as I was running out of time. The little tea cosy and napkins are half started but will have to wait until later in the week before I get the sewing machine out again.
And just before I go you might remember a picture of some little tissue wrapped parcels I had after our recent visit to Scotland see here. They were inexpensive items of one pound or just over. This is what was inside.Two glass owls, 5 baubles in the shape of pine cones and a tiny red father Christmas.
I am not sure when I will post again – a few days rest perhaps – but I wish you all a very
Happy Christmas and New Year