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Day 7 – Christmas Crafts

I’ll probably regret it but this year I’m making a couple of homemade gifts. I have a ton of empty baby food jars which I’ve cleaned out and I’m going to decorate. Here’s what I have so far!

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This one is actually an old Dolmio jar that I’ve washed out and I’ve put a belt and buckle to make it look like a Santa! I’m going to fill it with some soaps and give it to my Nain.

Then I’m putting some chocolates in the smaller jars and put some ribbon around it. Hubby has sprayed one of the lids black to see what it would look like and I think it looks quite well.

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Like I said, I have a ton of jars so I’ve ordered some candle wax and wicks and am going to turn some jars into scented candles to give to my friends. I’ll let you know how they turn out! It’s the first time I’ll have made candles so wish me luck!

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Day 6 – Christmas Preparations and Decorations

It’s been a whole week since we put our tree up. And this year we put the big tree up again! Last year we only had a dinky little one because we were planning a homebirth! So anyway here’s some photos!

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1) Is the cutest little Snowman!
2) This is a Polish angel that my friend got me when she visited Poland. I have no idea what the writing says so forgive me if it’s something rude!
3) I love this little Penguin!
4) This is not a Christmas decoration but I always put it up. It’s a sheep in the Welsh national costume.

Other than those we also have these:

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The owl is actually a door stopper and the Santa lights up. We’ve had to put them behind the fire guard so Little Miss doesn’t try to eat them – she tries to eat everything including the dog!

Besides the decorations I’ve not done much preparation! I’ve bought some gifts and wrapped those this morning. I have more gifts to make but hoping to get them done Monday and Tuesday. I also need to find time to do some food shopping since the only thing I’ve bought so far is stuffing!! So much to do!

How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Have you decorated yet?

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Day 5 – Christmas Outings/Parties

Now I am very much aware that it being only the 10th December that it’s a bit early for Christmas parties and the like but the reason I put this subject on the 5th day is because I’ve already had our work’s Christmas party AND I really wanted to share some photos with you!

First up though it’s the Coca Cola truck visit! It’s such a weird thing but for some reason, as soon as you see the Coke Advert (Holidays Are Coming) it’s deemed Christmas time! I’ve actually not seen the advert this year but I have seen the real life truck! It was coming to visit locally on December 4th and seeing as it’s never been this end before we decided to go see it. There was a massive queue to get an official photo with it but we weren’t that fussed… especially since we got to take photos from the sidelines anyway. Whilst we were stood there someone said that Santa was inside the lorry but still I wasn’t going to queue! In all honesty, it was disappointing as there wasn’t that much going on. It could’ve been so much more!

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My second Christmas outing was work’s Christmas party! It was the first time we had an afternoon party but it was good because I wouldn’t have gone if it was after work because I want to get home to Little Miss.

We went to Eduardo’s – a modern looking Italian restaurant. I’d never been before but I had looked through the window and seen it looked very nice. After we arrived on Friday the first thing everyone said was that the place looked stunning and the Christmas decorations were lovely! It was all white and silver with some purple and lime greens thrown in – just my thing!!

When the menu was sent through in October I was in the back of a car in Malta making my decisions so I’d forgotten what I’d ordered! All I remember was that there were 5 courses of which we got to choose the main and pudding.

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First course (not pictured) was “Zuppa di Minestrone” which was a crunchy Minestrone soup. It was nice but there was too much of it.

Second course (picture 1) was “Insalata di Natale Sicilano” which was a Sicilian salad with chicory and capers. I didn’t enjoy it – just not my taste at all.

Third course (picture 2) was “Pappardelle con cipolle confit e Pisello Orders” which was a (cold) pasta with Parmesan cheese and some creamy sauce. I really enjoyed it!

Fourth course (picture 3) was the main course and I’d chosen “Toscia di Tacchino Ripieno Avuolta in Pancetta”. This was the turkey dish with a twist – it was a rolled turkey thigh, stuffed with stuffing and wrapped in pancetta. It came with a little covering of gravy and served with traditional selection of veg.

Fifth course (picture 4) was the pudding and I’d chosen “Zabaione di Natale” which was a cold Italian custard infused with Christmas pudding. It looked very impressive as it came out! I tasted it and it was nice except it was full of brandy! I decided not to eat it because 1) I can’t drink and 2) I was driving and really didn’t want a stop from the Police! Shame really because it would’ve been nice!

The party entertainment was jazz music as chosen by my boss. It was very entertaining but the most entertaining thing about it all was the dancing! I don’t dance… there is no way in hell I will dance… (the only dance I’ve ever done was our first dance at the wedding and that was only because I had to!). Watching other people drunken dancing was hilarious! I so wish I could share my boss’ dancing with you but I can’t do that to him! But I will share this video with you … I believe this was Billy Thompson on the fiddle. Very good I must admit!

There’s one more outing that I’m hoping to achieve before Christmas (other than going to see The Hobbit on saturday) and that’s taking Little Miss to see Father Christmas at Llechwedd Slate Caverns. She is supposed to be 1 to enter but considering she’s only 3 weeks shy of being one I’m hoping I can sneak her in!!

Have you had any Christmas outings/parties yet? Or have you got some planned?

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 Day 4 – Christmas Movies

MOVIES!! My favourite topic!

Die Hard

It’s been a bit of an argument before now but we have concluded that Die Hard is most definetly a Christmas movie! (Hey it’s being shown on Sky Christmas Movies channel – that’s proof enough for me!). I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw this movie – I know I wasn’t a child. But I remember watching it with Dad and Taid when we were all living at Taid’s house. I clearly remember thinking that Hans Gruber was a fantastic villian!! This is the film that made me an Alan Rickman fan!

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol

If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional then this is the film for you! It’s based on the Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol” but of course played out by the Muppets. Gonzo is Charles Dickens (the narrator), Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy star as Bob and Emily Cratchit and fabulous Michael Caine is Ebeneezer Scrooge.

 

Others

Then the other films I like watching around Christmas are some Disney ones like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Robin Hood. Oh and also Home Alone! Can’t forget Home Alone… although I think that Home Alone 2 is better than the first…. who wouldn’t want to run around a toy shop in New York at Christmas?!

What are your favourite Christmas movies? 

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 Day 3 – Christmas Music

I’ve just seen the advert for Now That’s What I Call Christmas album. Every year they release this album and every year I’m tempted to buy it but every year I resist! I do love the songs on the album though. A few of my favourites:

1. Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade

Without a doubt this is the BEST Christmas song EVER!! Just try not to sing along with it!

2. I Wish It Could Be Christmas – Roy Wood and Wizzard

I love this song! It’s the jolliest Christmas song by far!

3. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin Stevens

This one is great to sing along to!

4, Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

This one is a different to the normal Christmas songs…. it’s basically the story of a couple arguing during Christmas. It’s been voted the favourite Christmas song by the British public on numerous occasions (or so I’ve heard).

Other than the Christmas pop songs there are also Christmas carols. I’m not a carol singer nor a church goer but I do like listening to Christmas carols. For some reason people have stopped coming around to sing Christmas carols now. I think I might have to go find some carollers!!

Have you got a favourite Christmas song or Christmas carol?

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