Silent Sunday: Deck the halls…

…With boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Christmas has arrived and so has the excitement.

20131208-183332.jpg

Advertisements

The Christmas countdown has begun…with adverts

It is official, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Lidl and an array of other festive tv adverts have found their way onto my radar – kicking off Christmas 2013!

This is the one we’ve all been waiting for…

 

However, not to be outdone, this magical advert from M&S is something rather spectacular…

 

I defy, even the grumpiest Grinch, not to raise a smile at these heartwarming offerings!

L xx

Hello 2013!

Usually, after a wonderful family and fun-filled season I am sad to see the back of Christmas in the house as I mourn the loss of the beautiful tree and all my decorations.

However, this year something quite the opposite has happened. I can put it down to only one thing…the weather!

I feel like an animal who has hibernated through winter and woken up in the first throes of  spring…is this the case or is just really THAT mild?! Instead of curling up in front of log fires, eating comfort food, wrapping up in my (huge) collection of scarves and crossing my fingers in hope of waking up to snow…I find myself craving a ‘spring clean’ and in the mood to declutter.

It’s not right. Like my heating, I’m confused by the current state of the weather. I fear that, any minute now, the cold will pop up – just when I’m least expecting it. In fact, I may just dig the kids’ sledges out of the garage…just in case!

Happy new year, may it be filled with love and laughter.

L xx

15899609-happy-new-year--2013

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
Clement Moore

It’s here, the Christmas countdown is almost over and the excitement levels in our household are at fever pitch!

It can mean only one thing…old Saint Nick is making his way across the world (last time we checked NORAD he was busy in Vietnam) on his sleigh laden with presents.

So, before the manic present unwrapping, food stockpiling and chocolate consuming, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. May it be filled with fun, light and laughter.

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

L xx

20121224-171021.jpg

A few of my favourite things!

The tree is up, the kids are turning into little monsters in front of our eyes and the house is ‘a-glow’ with fairy lights…Christmas has finally found us!

We spent Sunday decorating our house and choosing a tree (this takes me some time as I search for the ‘perfect’ shape). Sounds like bliss? It wasn’t. After a lovely trip to see the reindeer at Cotley Farm, we chose our tree (which is perfectly formed!) and headed home blaring Christmas tunes at the top of our lungs.

Once home, the erecting of the tree went smoothly (well done hubby), as did the lights (mainly due to MY organised packing away last January). The kids quickly pulled out every decoration, hung a few and promptly stopped.

“Why aren’t you helping,” I asked. “It’s boring,” came the reply. Oh. And that was that. They’d lost interest. If it wasn’t for the sheer fact that I am a self confessed control freak when it comes to decorating the tree I’d have forced them to carry on.

So, as they were not so interested I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite Christmas decorations.

Enjoy!

L xx

Christmas envy!

It’s official, I’ve got Christmas envy. Everywhere I go lights are twinkling and festive songs are ringing out. But, we have yet to put a single decoration up at home yet.

Now, everyone has a different opinion on when you should ‘deck the halls’ and get festive with it…but normally we will make our annual trip to a local farm, where they have mulled wine and reindeer to keep everyone happy, and pick out our Christmas tree in early December – I think if you’re splashing out on a Norwegian Fir tree you might as well get your money’s worth!

But, this is not for everyone. I have friends who want their tree up for as little time as possible, so will squeeze it in in the final few hours before Santa arrives (eeek that’s piling on the pressure!), whilst others I know have had decorations up since mid-November!

So, it is a fine art perfecting the precise time for you to enter into the festive spirit and show the world (in the voice of Slade’s Noddy Holder) “it’s Christmas”!

I think it’s safe to say that our tree will make its appearance this weekend…look out! I’ll post photos when it’s ready (by that I mean once the children have gone to bed and I can rearrange their not-so-carefully placed baubles)!

But in the mean time, enjoy this beautiful tree which appeared recently outside Feniton Village Post Office..definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area!

L xx

20121204-191058.jpg

Five reasons I know Christmas is coming…

1) I heard my first Christmas song played on the radio today…it was Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time


2) I’ve seen the Coca Cola Advert…this is the ‘Official’ start to Christmas for me


3) This weekend it’s Xmas Treats weekend at Escot

4) My children are singing Christmas carols that they’re practicing for their school nativities

5) I’ve had my first Christmas card… it’s from Combe House and it’s gorgeous

So, ’tis the season to be jolly…lets go with it!

Lx

The perfect (& error-free) Christmas card

Sorry for the silence. It’s been busy…I’ll update you all properly soon.

In the meantime, I couldn’t resist sharing this blog post by Peter Sands at Sands Media Services with you!

I was lucky enough to attend a course with Peter early in my career and can’t recommend it enough.

His most recent post was on the perfect Christmas cards for sub editors…take a look…I’m ordering as we speak!

L x

20121112-182626.jpg

Spread the love!

As Christmas fast approaches (there are only nine Fridays left!) I find my thoughts are turning to what exactly I’m going to buy my friends and family…eeek!

But it’s ok, I’ve discovered these gorgeous butter knives which are engraved with the words “spread the love”.

With three different handle choices these little beauties couldn’t be more perfect!

Take a look;

20121019-074936.jpg

Priced at £14, you could just buy one or why not mix the handles and make your own collection?! From The Cutlery Commission these knives, and other gorgeous things, can be bought from Not On The High Street.

Happy shopping!

L xx