Shopping in town yesterday for the last few family presents, hunting through the charity shops for a winter coat for me and also looking for something to wear over the festive season. I found some great bargains! A Danimac duffel coat ( it didn't look as though it had been worn ) in a beautiful Christmassy red at £7.50 and then I spotted another red 3/4 coat - a smart long blazer style - brand new with stitches still in the pleats at the back - it has big black buttons and a peter pan collar.... at only £6.50 I really couldn't resist! Perfect for those occasions when a smarter coat is needed and it will be worn over the Xmas period when we go visiting :) I also got a couple of dressy tops and a beautiful long black skirt for under a fiver! All like new... so that is boxing day attire sorted for our family get together!
Today was the food shop! We were both going to go but it seemed silly for us both to be out when there were things to do at home. I was able to do the shopping so over the last two days Alan has cleaned and ironed and changed beds and washed bedding and spent time with Milly, walked the dog, and..... basically not stopped!
The supermarket was heaving and I just had to get my head down ( well, not literally as that would have been soooo dangerous with the amount of people around! ) and work methodically through my list..... up and down the aisles, working my way carefully past the huge ques that snaked from the tills up into each aisle...I stored the trolly and stopped for a bite to eat in the cafe half way through and then back to it. Thank you to Milly and Amy for the texts to remind me to use the book of stamps we have been saving all year :)
I had been concerned that I would get to the till and forget I had the stamps and pay as normal, so when I had mentioned it a couple of days ago both Amy and Milly have been randomly saying 'stamps' to me to aid my memory :) Luckily that and the texts I got today helped to remind me :)
Back home to wrap the last few presents and have a long soak in the bath whilst chicken was roasting in the oven for tea.
I have treated myself to an early Xmas present, a delightfully soft and snuggly dressing gown in a beautiful deep aubergine colour. Nothing better on these cold and windy afternoons than reading a book in a hot bath aromatic with essential oils - today geranium and bergamot - then coming down all toasty and warm enveloped in a soft, fluffy gown :)
Whilst I was in the bath there was a fleeting visit from Milly's best friend Amy to drop off a card for us and a pretty, edible gift :))
Tomorrow is a meet up with good friends from Northumberland - this meet up has become a tradition now on the 23rd to swap presents and tomorrow we meet at a Fish and chip restaurant that is roughly half way between us. Back home and Amy is coming round for tea - another tradition on the 23rd that started many years ago.... their Xmas eve, eve get together :) We are going to watch the new One direction film on DVD... Milly has just recently found the 1D love, Amy is not that into them but we are all looking forward to watching the film together :)
Tuesday the girls are getting glammed up and we are all going to another good friends house for her traditional Xmas Eve buffet to celebrate her son's birthday.
Traditions old and new with more to come ...Simple Xmas day family traditions like bacon rolls and bucks fizz, cooking together to create a delicious meal. This year it is the traditional Turkey meal but in other years - when a very young and excitable Milly was up at five and I knew I wouldn't have the energy to cook the big meal that day - we had Steak in pepper sauce and oven chips whilst Milly requested Dippers and chips. We have had Christmas Dinner on boxing day or even the day after depending on what we have been doing. Each year we discuss what we want to eat and just go with the flow.....Nothing is set in stone..the important thing is to have a peaceful, relaxed and enjoyable day together. Another tradition we have had is to go for a walk on Xmas day..some years we have walked on the beach, some have seen us walking round a lake, some years just round the village. This year no plans have been made and - as Milly is still happier to spend time at home where possible and we are out and about either side of Xmas day - it is likely we will be having a pj day at home :)
On Boxing day a family get together with Mum and Dad, both Sisters and husbands, and my wonderful - and now very grown up - Nephew, at my Sister's house in the next village to look forward to.
On the Friday Milly wants to take Alan to Pizza hut in Carlisle, I'll tag a long too :) If she has any money or vouchers for presents she can spend them and we can pick up the beef joint from a fabulous butcher in Carlisle. Mum gets her beef joints there when we have a family Sunday meal at hers... the meat is well hung and I haven't tasted any better. . Milly loves it so we decided we would get some for the new year. We will also visit my Mum and Dad on the way home...
So, a pretty relaxed affair..time spent with family and friends...Nothing fancy.... but it is these simple traditions that I get excited about....
I may have time to pop back on before the big day but just in case I don't .
I would like to wish you all a wonderful festive season however you celebrate it, whatever religion, faith or belief. <3
Xmas is different with a teen in the house but not less special...A giddy Milly is not likely to be up at 5 am this year ;)) However..... she does want to be woken by 8am so that is when the fun begins in our home :)