I'm shattered. I got to Tesco by 7:00 this morning and staggered out at 8:15 and a heavy trolley. I could do with a G&T before starting to pack things away but I'll settle for a coffee. I think I've got everything; there's certainly enough to feed a small army anyway and, unless it is crucial, what I don't now have we will do without. So there!
It was a good time to go. Traffic, often dire in our city, was light, there were no parking problems and the worst thing inside the shop was the online order packers getting in the way! I used to do an online shop while working, grabbing a slot as soon as they came out and regularly adding and amending before I had to confirm, but now I prefer to be more hands on so I can see exactly what I am getting.
I'm glad it's done.
Yesterday was fine. I got the beds ready for my guests (Beth and Al are staying over Christmas night and into Boxing Day), the wrapping is all pretty much done and Carols by Candlelight was lovely. They keep the hall dark for this and every year some of the very youngest ones fall asleep. Yesterday was no exception and I did feel for them, stumbling, bleary eyed, from the hall once it was all over.
As for today, I've done the biggie which was the shopping - well, half done anyway. Looking at my list, it tells me I have to cook a ham (slow cooker so no problems), make two batches of fudge (easy in Thermione) and finish my ecards followed by packing and getting everything ready that I am taking with me. By teatime I want everything to be neat and tidy and organised.
Then, this evening, it is Slimming World so I will discover if I have achieved my Christmas target. My fingers are crossed. It's a taster evening/party so I also have to make whatever I am taking with me.
So I'd better get going, hadn't I?
The doorbell has just rung and it was my neighbour with a lovely little planted basker from one of my students. It's so pretty!
And finally, today's advent offering is a photo of my own nativity crib set. I got this when my two were very little and it's come out every year since. We all love it and I will never forget the Christmas that Alex, almost non verbal when smaller but loving stories, used the figures to act out the Christmas story. Goodness knows what they taught him at school because it ended up with Mary going for a night out with the wise men, leaving Joseph to look after the baby!
Happy memories make this a very special thing.
And now I really AM going. Have a good day.