I've held off for as long as I can, but with only four Sundays left before Christmas I'm getting excited. How about you? Getting ready for Christmas is one of my favourite things to do. Any members of my family reading this are now smiling because they can tell what's coming next. They just know that I'm going to tell you about Christmas Club.
Sian's Christmas Club ran for four weeks every year. Oh, I was a busy little organiser when I was eight. I gathered the family together on Sunday afternoons and beguiled them into enjoying the programme I had prepared. We began with the raucous singing of a festive favourite (my choice), followed by a recitation of a seasonal verse (by me) and we finished with a craft project (something I wanted to make). My Mum, who is still the biggest Christmas lover in the family, connived with me in the whole enterprise by bribing my little brother and sister with mince pies and hot ginger cordial. It was fun while it lasted.
But, wait. I'm thinking..why not bring it back? You don't have to sing, you don't have to eat mince pies(because I haven't made any yet) and you definitely don't have to make anything if you don't want to. I simply thought I'd share a seasonal story or two every Sunday until the Big Day itself. If you'd like to join in and do a Christmas Club post of your own, I'd love to come and visit.
For today I'd like to show you a photo of one of my favourite ever presents:
That's me in the pink and blue, learning early that cerise isn't really my colour. We are playing with The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe. There is her shoe and all her children. All made one by one by my Mum. Funny thing is, I think I actually got this present early, because she was so pleased with the way it had turned out she couldn't wait to give it to me. I really, really loved it. The Shoe has gone now, crumbled away to dust. But I still have all the little dolls. Each one is different: tall, small, boy, girl, play clothes, party clothes. I got them out this morning and took a couple of new pictures. They are looking pretty good for forty year olds, do you think? Getting up on their feet is a bit harder than it used to be. But then a lot of us can say that.
So, that's Christmas Club for today. If you have a story about a memorable festive moment, you could Christmas Club it too. The more the merrier!