Good morning, one and all, it's Sunday and it's 'orrible out there. Wet and miserable and a bit windy. At least, it was when I looked an hour ago and I can't be bothered to look again.
I had a pleasant time with Mum yesterday. As it was December 1st, I went up into their attic and found the nativity crib I knitted for her about two years ago. She unwrapped it all (it was packed in tissue paper) and I set it up on a table opposite where she sits so it is view. She was so pleased and kept looking at it and smiling happily which was lovely.
She also liked the Thorntons' chocolate Advent calendar I got for her and happily scoffed the first choccy!
Next time I come, we will get up the Christmas Tree and Dad picked a load of holly from their tree in the garden so I will make some arrangements with that.
And then a week after that, it will be our Christmas Day (on Sunday 23rd).
Margaret's comments yesterday were interesting and I have to be honest, cards on the table, I love all the Christmas hype. The lights, the music, the decorations. Personally, I have always left my own decorations until the Sunday before Christmas but it's not going to work out like that this year because of the weekends with Mum and Dad so they are going up next weekend, tree and all. The rest of that particular family tradition will be the same, just earlier. Beth and Alex (home from uni, I hope) will come over, we will have a buffet meal, put up the tree and then watch a Christmas DVD of some kind.
What I don't love is the rampant commercialism that goes hand in hand with the lights and glitter so I take what I enjoy and enjoy it but don't get involved in the rest!
Regarding the food, I have, in my freezer, a box of the best stock from last year's turkey, intended for this year's gravy and I will get that out the day before the first Christmas dinner and make it up. I also make and freeze cranberry sauce and roasties but maybe I won't prep the roasties this year as there's not so many to do for each meal. I had planned to do them the other day but didn't get round to it!
Basically, I get as much as I can pre-prepared. Works for me and it's all part of the enjoyment! It cuts down on the work load, always a Good Thing.
Today, I expect it will be a quiet day and I will knit, knit, knit! I'm sure my fingers ought to be the slimmest in the world with the amount of exercise I give them, but they're not!
Have a great day, whatever you plan to do!
Edited because I've now taken a photo of the crib set. So this is my Advent offering for today.