I’m not officially acknowledging Christmas until 15th, possibly 14th of December. Lots of friends already have their tree up but I think if we try to sustain that level of festive excitement for any longer than 2/3 weeks, something bad will happen.
Somehow, though, Christmas has managed to sneak in. The kids have been really getting into making soft toys, with N pimping his plushes with the addition of recordable voice boxes. They’ve amazed me with their creativity and dexterity, designing and sewing some fantastic presents!
We were also inspired by a visit to aminnybouquet to get out all the Christmas books and found we’d got quite a collection!
My favourite rediscovery has been “Santa Makes a Change”, this particular illustration taking me right back to six years old.
And Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without
Scratch and sniff oranges, cocoa and pine trees…!
We found “Look-Alikes Christmas” by Joan Steiner in a charity shop last week and it’s amazing! It’s Neil Gaiman meets the Borrowers: warm, fantastical, real and slightly macabre. There are reindeers made from wishbones, stage curtains made from teeth and hair. In short, it’s amazing! This is part of the first page – The more you look, the more you see!
But I’m not officially recognising Christmas until the 15th, possibly the 14th. Maybe the 13th…