Christmas preparations in our house start in early November with my tree… yes I know its FAR TOO EARLY, but I can’t resist bursting open the lid of my wooden sea chest and hauling out the sparkly decorations; many of which I collected in far away places on my travels. My favourite decoration suppliers have been Liberty’s in London and Myers in Sydney. I love the atmosphere that the twinkly lights give off at night in our lounge. It was a surprise when Ollie seemed ambivalent to it this year. I was delighted to avoid having to fence it off from his attention. This year the decorations are red, silver and white (i’ve too many decorations to fit on only 2/3rds of the tree).
My tree – red, silver and white this year
One of my newest additions – love that you can reach in to touch this reindeer
My festive mantel
Evie is loving the twinkling lights. Of course it’s her first Christmas this year and rather last minute this week I realised that she needed a decoration for her on the tree to remember it by. Here is the decoration I made her which is part bought and part hand-stitched.
The stockings are hung from our mantel for the first time this year. Here is an earlier post describing them, although I still need to add our names to each.
I made these decorations to hang from the kids doors this Christmas. I found the cute decorations in Kircaldies (Wellington) and added their names using a twink pen. Super quick and easy:) The only problem is they rattle when I try to sneak in and out of their rooms. But they seem to have become accustomed to the noise now, thankfully.
As I write this post I’m feeling very Christmasy and relaxed. I’m enjoying my first glass of wine in three years… Man it tastes good:) I just LOVE that my baby girl sleeps reliably through the night now which affords me this nightcap:)
Ed just scoffed the last piece of our massive Christmas cake that I baked a month ago (left). It’s a shameful record for us; 3 days out from Christmas and its ALL gone. How bad are we! He asks ‘can I make another one’ – yeah, next year:)
Berry brownie about to be baked
Gift pack of baked treats
I baked some other goodies for gifts this year which I packaged up tonight in cellophane bags… chocolate and almond oat cookies, berry brownie and almond cookies (above). I’ve still to make jars of lemon curd tomorrow if the kids nap.
I also found some time this week to make these Christmas meringue wreaths from the Donna Hay magazine (see previous post). Although I didn’t have any white vinegar so I used raspberry vinegar, which although tastes delicious!, discolored the meringue. They’re quite fragile so I decided to cellophane them both to protect them and to make it quick and easy to add them to the table as place settings with names added.
I had some fun taking pictures of the kids in Santa hats a few weeks back. Evie’s not yet sitting up so makes it hard to get a picture of her without an adult propping her safely up.