Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Happy Solstice!

Well before the whole business of the baby in the manger, people living in countries with cold dark winters have had some kind of shindig at this time of year. Today was the shortest day, tonight is the longest night, which means that from tomorrow things will be getting just that bit brighter. Can't wait!

Family are starting to arrive at around lunchtime tomorrow, meaning we've been busy trying to get the house in order. Today we went to the Farmers Market and bought a mahoosive piece of beef for Christmas dinner. I've come a long way from that strict vegetarian I was once upon a time - who knew that cows were so delicious!

We also had a internet shop delivered (quite a few clinking bags) and tomorrow will be heading off to the local greengrocers to pick up our fruit and veg order. We will have nine people round the table for Christmas dinner, many of whom have sizeable appetites (not me of course...)

Also tomorrow I have to decorate the Christmas cake, bake and decorate a cake for youngest's birthday on Friday - she has requested 'Ra Ra the Noisy Lion'. There are also still some presents to be wrapped, both for the birthday and for Christmas. Oh and I really should make some mince pies, finish the crackers and make some more gingerbread to hang on the tree.

I do love all this stuff really though, it's just clearing up the mess afterwards that's not so great. Now, where did I put that bottle of gin...

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