We put our tree up last night and this year I’ve gone for a white theme with just a few gold and blue baubles. A few weeks ago, I treated myself to some special ornaments – a lovely mercury glass heart, a white dove and a couple of gorgeous filigree heart shaped white ornaments with crystal drops.
We started with the lights and the set we are using are far too long for the size of tree we have. I was getting seriously dizzy going round and round our slimline tree – goodness knows what passing aliens would have made of this strange ritual – me dancing widdershins around a sacred plastic tree while Adrian raised his hands in invocation ( he was feeding me the wire and passing it over the top on each turn to stop me becoming hopelessly entangled). And all of this with Gregorian chant going on in the background.
Last Christmas was very sad for Adrian as it was his first without his Dad. This year is his first without his Mum and we found ourselves getting very emotional last night – not surprising really. After putting all our posh new ornaments on the tree, I stood back to take a look then on the floor I spotted the set of cheap plastic musical instruments that I bought when we were first married nearly 16 years ago. They are worn and tarnished now, they look a bit tatty next to the new ornaments, but as I picked them up, I found myself a little tearful and I realised that they are part of our Christmas tradition and the tree simply wouldn’t be decorated without them.
Trillian watched proceedings with intense fascination, obviously approving of this new giant cat toy we were building in her honour. Now she’s sulking because we won’t let her play with it.
We paid a flying visit to family at the weekend, including popping in to see my little sister and her new 3 week old baby. I had brought gifts for her other two boys and realised as I was wrapping them that I had no matching gift tags for the reindeer paper I’d bought. No problem, out came the Damask Reindeer stamps and the Party Words & Birds clear stamps. I stamped the reindeer scene with Magnolia Bud Versamagic chalk ink, then stamped the words over with Versafine Satin Red – within five minutes I had a batch of tags for all my nephews and niece’s presents.
So, we’re a little closer to being ready for Christmas and finally starting to feel that little thrill of anticipation. And the best bit is I won’t have to do any of the cooking this year – I get to put my feet up and my mum and step-dad will be looking after us – what a treat!