Only a week til Christmas Eve? We're getting excited here! That big lad of ours is flying home on Thursday, and by Monday, Uncle Dave will be back all the way from across the pond. The tree is decorated and Little E's fish tank (Nemo, not SpongeBob) is wrapped and ready.
There are still some bits to be tidied up. I made a batch of white chocolate and cherry fudge last night and, you know how it is, you can't eat and wash dishes at the same time, something has to give. I don't mind Christmas detritus most of the time. Usually it's fun. But I'm only human: sometimes I'll look at a gorgeously styled seasonal scene in a magazine and think - maybe next year.
There's always a little something I've never managed to get round to. You know, those things the magazines suggest? in a checklist?
- little gift baskets beside the guest bed. If I'm feeling uber-hostess-y Uncle Dave might get a bottle of mineral water and a tin of mince pies
- Bucks Fizz for breakfast. One of these years we'll do it. We are moving towards sophistication now that I've persuaded everyone their favourite starter is smoked salmon - when it's on special offer in M&S
- An all white Christmas table. It just looks so good in those magazine photos! and it's closely related to a
- Colour coordinated Christmas tree. We have a throw-everything-on- it tree
..but wait. I like that throw-everything-on-it tree. It means the beautiful star Honore sent me this year - and the gorgeous snowman from Becky - both fit in perfectly. Perfectly? Perfectly? Have I got there after all? Now, there's a thought...
What about you? Any dreams you have pulled from a magazine?