A month or so ago I mixed up a Christmas cake for my Grandparents – Apricot and Brandy, from a brilliant recipe that let’s you choose your own combination but still comes out wonderfully moist!
I wrapped the cake and fed it twice with brandy, keeping it the dark bottom of my wardrobe …
… and tonight, after a minor-ish slip-up :P, I covered and decorated the cake ready for delivery tomorrow!
On the 9th of December we had friends round for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies …
… and to help us put up and decorate our Christmas tree – a tradition we love repeating every year, so much fun!!
We had a Lady of Light!
I grew a tinsel beard … as you do! 😉
Our tree-builders relaxed with a glass of L and I’s special home-brew Mulled Wine – a little more potent than the ready-bottles but oh-so-yummy! 😛
Our lovely Lady of Light made us gingerbread cookie decorations to hang on our tree – a really sweet and thoughtful Christmas gift!! Maybe I’ll just go and have a little nibble … 😉
S took a Christmas photo of my hubby and I for us! 🙂
Some close friends of ours are getting to adopt kids next year, so for D’s birthday party (which being on the 22nd December always feels like the start of Christmas to me!), they asked us each to bring an ornament to put on their tree, which they can tell their kids came from their friends – what an awesome idea is that?! I am so excited that they are soon to become parents and loved making a tree decoration for them!
A few nights ago I settled into a three-hour plus marathon of present wrapping! I genuinely enjoy wrapping presents, but when it comes to Christmas, even I need to do the wrapping with the company of a film! 😉 I chose Magnolia – if you haven’t watched it: do!!
For my last photo, because I’m a die-hard believer in a Baker’s Dozen (notice the mention L?!) … by tomorrow evening this little pile of presents will be sitting underneath my lovely in-law’s Christmas tree, waiting for the morning …
Have a very Happy Christmas and a most Blessed New Year!!!