Well, yesterday turned out to be a long and busy one but it went really well. The shopping was all done, the beds were all made, everything has been wrapped and the house smelled wonderful - a mixture of bread, shortbread, biscotti and stollen. So festive.
|Stollen, using the James Martin recipe. Probably not authentic but, my word, it smells good.|
|Nigella's cranberry and pistachio biscotti. Very easy.|
|My usual bread - wrapped for the freezer.|
|Snowflake shortbread. I'm really getting the hang of it now. It needs dredging with caster sugar before serving.|
I was a wee bit unfrugal at Morrisons and treated myself to some flowers. I'm glad I did - a bit of natural is nice amidst all the red and gold and shine.
Finally the nativity crib is finished. The last little bits seem to take for ever but I got there. A very nice gift for someone special.
Today I have the morning to finish stuff off and then my visitors arrive. I still have a fair old list of things to do but none of them are really crucial.
Christmas starts today!
Today's Christmas music - two again - are old favourites of mine.
'Oh little one sweet' with those wonderful Bach harmonies.
and 'Unto us is born a son'