December Diary

As usual, December has passed in a blur and find myself surprised that Christmas Day is just over a week away. How did that happen?

Landrover and Christmas tree

 Have been trying to find balance between keeping Decorations Barn look reasonably full against not having to carry over too much stock to next year. Shelves looking a little bare but not as empty as Christmas Tree Barn, which has very few trees left (hurrah!).

Very glad to see back of dancing, singing moose from Decorations Barn. Fun to see reaction of customers who walked close enough to trigger moose to wiggle his hips and sing Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells Rock but a little wearing when children worked out how to activate him. Again and again. Suspect family who bought him may have already unplugged him several times. Perversely, rather miss his singing now he’s gone. A little.

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Sign for Christmas Barn, Decorations, Gin, Wreaths

 

 Called the bluff of all the witty customers who saw the sign outside

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Fresh foliage wreath with miniature bottles of Slamseys Gin and white berries

 and asked for gin wreath. Not a wreath to hang on the front door if it is to stay intact.

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herb wreath with thyme, bay and rosemary

Reached sparkle and glitter saturation and cut foliage for making natural wreaths. Cut back thyme that had grown leggy and tied woody growth into loose knot to make tiny wreaths. Added extra herbs to make wreath bouquet garni to hang in kitchen and save traipsing outside in cold and wet.

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Thumbprint robins

Decided to entertain two-year old with printing. Made great mess with rubber stamps and ink. Used excess ink on hands to make thumbprint robin prints. Took longer to clear up than do the printing and rather regretted not using washable ink.

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Decorated Letter from the North Pole

Buoyed with success of autumnal stationery printing, decided to make and decorate Fold & Send Mail letters for Christmas. Subsequently, enjoyed time sitting quietly in the evenings writing letters. Even received letter in reply. Forgot how good it is to get handwritten letters instead of email and texts. Got carried away and masqueraded as Father Christmas. Thankfully, received no reply to that letter so won’t have to attempt sleigh ride and slide down chimney.

Realised that last gift ordering dates imminent and house has no Christmas decorations up. Searched out checklist for Christmas dinner. Wondered if time has come (after twenty years) to change slightly.  Continue to wonder.

Plenty of time to decide.

8 thoughts on “December Diary

    1. I must admit that we made the gin wreath only because so many people asked about it. Mind you, I think it may now be a regular feature.

    1. I fear I’ve left it too late to change anything now, which is probably why I end up doing the same each time. Merry Christmas Brian.

  1. Hope you’re feeling calm and collected this Saturday morning. Still three days to go – loads of time! I love your fingerprinted robins and the lovely decorated envelope. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, Anne. Sam x

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