I’ve spent the day getting Christmas sorted – the goose and other meats ordered, the presents bought and wrapped, the cards written and posted. I set myself a tough goal and I got through a surprisingly large number of the items on my to do list, but not everything.
Tomorrow we are buying the tree and I had hoped to root out all the decorations in the cellar. But time just hasn’t allowed for that. I had to tick off other equally important items like listening to Micheal Buble’s Christmas album and drinking mulled wine while revising my list.
We have a big selection of decorations that has been built up over the years – Newbridge silver gifts, blue and white ceramic baubles from a trip to Amsterdam, Villeroy and Boch glass mistletoe pendants, as well as several pieces from Christmas markets.
This weekend, the collection was added to with a couple of lovely nostalgic pieces from the Christmas market in Regensburg, Bavaria. My dad was visiting and treated his older two grandsons to their choice of decoration each from a stall with a huge and varied selection of nostalgic decorations.
Number One chose a cute little squirrel while Number Two chose about five different things before settling on an igloo.
I love that they didn’t go straight for the snowmen or Santas. And I’m relieved that they didn’t opt for the fire engines or police cars.
I was so busy taking it all in, I completely neglected to buy anything for myself. I did put my eye on this gorgeous deer, although he is rather large for hanging on a tree.
Just look at the colours! Not to everyone’s taste, I imagine, but they are so vibrant and eye-catching, aren’t they?
They remind me of the delicate baubles my parents had when I was very small. One would always break, either being hung or being taken down on Little Christmas. Fingers crossed the squirrel and the igloo with survive a few Christmases!