Good morning, everyone. It's cold this morning again although there's no frost as far as I can tell. It's definitely much more like the Novembers I remember as a child that recent ones which have tended to be mild and muggy. BBC says that the morning will be nice but the afternoon will be wet. We will see.
Yesterday wasn't complicated, unlike other days this week. In fact, it was positively gentle. The drive home was great with very little traffic and no hold-ups at all. I remembered to pick up the Christmas tree on the way and later on Beth and I opened the box to take a little peep. It's heavier than the old one, I think, but is going to be easier to put together and it does look nice.
We have a little family tradition regarding the Christmas tree that started when Alex was a little boy. It was the Sunday before Christmas when Beth and Alex came around for Christmas Tree Day.
I got plenty of goodies in and both of them helped me to put up and decorate the tree after a buffet lunch (and a bit of alcohol for Beth and me), after which we admired for ages, popped under the pressies we had wrapped and then settled down to watch Christmas films with more Christmas nibbles.
It's changed somewhat since then as Alex has grown up but the basics are the same. Because of events this year, Christmas Tree Day is a week earlier on December 15th and I'm not sure Alex will actually come but it will still happen. OK, so refreshments will be more restrained but I have the same old favourite films, the same decorations (more or less) and the same schedule.
I'm delighted that Beth has found a home for the old tree with a charity that works with the homeless and will use it in their shop/cafe over Christmas. Brilliant!
Today, because I did two tuition sessions yesterday, is a free day and it's my first jolly of the new regime. I will be catching the 9:08 bus into town and then the train to Stratford. The tickets are in my purse and, fingers crossed, there's nothing to stop me!
OK, so it's hardly an adventure, just a treat but I'm looking forward to somewhere new.
Wish me luck and have a great day yourself.
I love the idea of Christmas tree day. Can we all come round? 😆 You must have made some precious memories over the years.ReplyDelete
I hope all goes smoothly today and you enjoy your jolly. X
It's always been a really pleasant day. Yes, happy memories indeed.Delete
Have a wonderful day out, Joy.ReplyDelete
Making one's own Christmas traditions is lovely. xx
Traditions are fantastic - it's sad when they no longer work but then one can always make more of them!Delete
Have Fun on your jollyReplyDelete
Thanks, Sue. It should be good and so easy to get there/find too. Even I can hardly get lost!Delete
We used to have a Christmas tree day. Traditionally, my family don't put the trees out until Christmas Eve and we used to have all the under 16s round to decorate ours ( and to give their parents a break for last minute shopping). Happy memories but I have decided against a tree this year so a different approach has to evolve.ReplyDelete
I'm sure whatever you decide, it will be lovely. There's no one right way, is there?Delete
Not to appear ignorant but are you going to Stratford upon Avon??? Love love love! Write all about it! Love the B and B there although a tiny room-delicious good in a pub near B and B! Of course all of Shakespeare!!!ReplyDelete
I wish I was. No, Stratford, London.Delete
Ohhh, I thought you meant Stratford on Avon too....I thought that was very ambitious for a day trip! xxDelete
What is your favourite Christmas movie? Mine is "Love Actually". I like it so much I bought my own copy although it's usually shown at least once on TV during the Christmas season.ReplyDelete
Mine are much less highbrow, I'm afraid. Miracle on 34th Street and the Muppets Christmas Carol are high on the list plus The Snowman ones.Delete