Just three more working days and I am off until 2014.
Next year sounds a lot longer than two weeks and two days.
I finally got the trees up.
This is the artificial one which we bought in 1999 and takes forever to put up.
I love the collection of baubles that date back to our first Christmas in our own home in 1988.
When the children were little we used to let them choose a bauble each at Christmas.
I have even got some home-made decorations that my children made at school.
The little blue heart with the red heart in the centre is one I made out of my dad's old shirts the first Christmas after his death.
My dad loved Christmas and seeing the decoration reminds me of his presence.
Here's a page from my 2005 Scrapbook documenting Advent when the children were 5, 8, 10 and 14.
Briony is making Mince Pies and helping her dad put up the tree, Sam and Paul return from the woods with the saddest little tree you have ever seen. Joe is making decorations and the four of them show off the decorations they bought that year.
This tree is the 2013 real one, the 'loo brush' tree as my husband calls it.
I always choose the saddest looking real tree, the one no-one else wants as I like to give it a good Christmas.
We keep this tree in the conservatory where it is cooler and lasts much longer.
I miss the magic of Christmases Past when the children were younger but I have to say they are much more peaceful now!
Today I wore:
Boots - Clarks
Dress - Boden
Shirt - Ghost