We spent our first Christmas Eve (since the Baby years) away from home this year, staying with the Hubby's brother and family and we all enjoyed it immensely. The Littlie's had cousins to share the excitement with and we could all enjoy the magic of Christmas together.
On the home front, I decorated three trees this year:
a large one in the Living Room:
Each had a different theme. The first was BRIGHT and BOLD. The second was RED and WHITE and the third had a WOODLAND theme.
It is the first year I've used all the trees we've collected over the years AND it was the first year I'd actually themed a Christmas tree. Normally I load the big tree with my favourite decorations. It is true that I have a slight obsession with Christmas decorations. I always joke that it is my main legacy of 'things' to be left in a Will. 'Pre' children I had a real obsession - a time when finances were less stretched - but it has meant that I now have a varied collection that I adore. It is also lovely to see my children share in the delight... to recognise different much loved decorations as they unwrap them after them being stored for a year. Some which they have made over the years... a few from travels to New Zealand... many gifts from friends and family who know of my LoVE of decorations plus many more bought and treasured over the years.
We decorated on the 30th November this year and really enjoyed the decs until the last few days. During the first week of January I did begin to crave the space. I took them down yesterday and vowed I wouldn't put up so many next year. Although Little Lady did say, "But it looked so lovely Mummy".
Oh, in that case, give me a few months and I'll have forgotten how long it took me to pack them away ;0)
We returned home on Boxing Day and my mum arrived the next day to stay until New Years Eve. Then the first few days of January were spent relaxing, looming, crafting, playing cards and board games, reading, watching movies, eating too many sweet things, enjoying gifts and generally being together. Happy times.
I hope you all had some happy times together over the festive period. I am completely behind on reading and commenting on your lovely blogs but am so looking forward to Thursday when I've 'scheduled' a mammoth catch up in Blog Land with a very large cup of coffee!! I can't wait to see what you've been up to and next time I'll share my plan for 2015!!