Good morning, everyone.
Yesterday was lovely in a rather untidy and messy way. I did my early morning shop and got what I needed for the week so that was all done and dusted. Then I set to and made a number of trips to the garage, empty handed on the way there and arms full on the way back to the house. First of all the gopak table which is now in a corner with a suitable tablecloth over it. Then various bags followed by three huge plastic storage boxes and, finally, the tree. I wondered if I was going to be able to manage the tree - it is surprisingly heavy and the bag it's in is big. However, with some pushing and pulling and general puffing and panting, I got it in and now it's just sitting there in another corner, still in the bag.
I got the candles out and onto the sideboard they always go on. I got out the Christmas knits - Mary Christmas, the Victorian mice, various snowmen and festively garbed little teddies that all sit on top of the radiator beside the tree with the Guardians of the Christmas Tree (my old teddy and my brother's ditto) underneath them.
It all took a surprisingly long time but I'm glad I did it today as we'd not have time to do it all today.
Beth is turning up at lunch time and, after lunch, we will set to and decorate, accompanied by a bottle and some mince pies. When that's done we will eat more naughty nibbles and watch Christmas movies starting with The Snowman, The Snow dog and Father Christmas. It should be a lovely day.