Three more sleeps until Christmas arrives!

It’s almost Christmas! It’s my most favourite holiday of the year. My sister, Rachel, and I went to Huntly to the Market Muir with Mum and Dad to pick out our tree on the 14th. We’ve done this every year for as long as I can remember.

After we got it home and untied, Dad cut some more off the bottom of the stump and stuck it in the stand by the window so that the branches would fall down into place before we decorated it the next day. Real trees are SO much better than artificial – least I think so.

christmas treeIt turned out really well and looks fab when the fairy lights are turned on and they’re the only lights on in the room.

Mum puts wreaths on all of the inside doors – guest lounge, guest dining room, ensuite bedroom, door that separates the guest area from our private one (although we often visit with folks who are staying at the B&B).

wreath 2But this year, she’s gone and put bells on the lounge door. Guess she thinks that we’ll be trying to sneak peaks at the pressies after they go under the tree. Who me? Never… 😉

christmas bellsThe house looks beautiful with the decorations and smells even better. Christmas baking aromas linger in the air – homemade mincemeat for tarts, fruitcake, and shortbread. All treats that aren’t prepared any other time of year.

Mum has a collection of scented candles that she burns, too. Cranberry, spiced-vanilla, balsam.

christmas candle And, on the mantlepiece in the lounge, her miniature village is set up and lit. It looks so pretty. All those quaint buildings, trees, and people.

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I think after the tree, I love mum’s villages the best. She used to have more buildings but Murphy knocked a couple off the mantle when he was looking for a place to sleep a few years ago. Since then, he’s not allowed in the lounge until all the decorations have been taken down and put away for another year.

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Three more sleeps until Christmas arrives!

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It’s almost Christmas! It’s my most favourite holiday of the year. My sister, Rachel, and I went to Huntly to the Market Muir with Mum and Dad to pick out our tree last Saturday and this morning, we decorated it.

christmas treeMum puts wreaths on all of the inside doors – guest lounge, guest dining room, ensuite bedroom, door that separates the guest area from our private one (although we often visit with folks who are staying at the B&B).

wreath 2The house looks beautiful with the decorations and smells even better. Christmas baking aromas linger in the air – homemade mincemeat for tarts, fruitcake, and shortbread. All treats that aren’t prepared any other time of year.

Mum has a collection of scented candles that she burns, too. Cranberry, spiced-vanilla, balsam.

christmas candle And, on the mantlepiece in the lounge, her miniature village is set up and lit. It looks so pretty. All those quaint buildings, trees, and people.

villagevillage 2

Granny and Grandpa Shand and Granny and Grandpa Duncan come to ours Christmas Eve for a meal. Mum always makes Beef Olive (from scratch) and Roast Potatoes. We eat in the guest dining room and have a lovely candle centre-piece on the table.

christmas centrepieceAfter supper, we go over to the guest lounge where we have tea and coffee along with mum’s homemade shortbread and like always, we get to open one present from Granny and Grandpa Shand – our Christmas pyjamas.

All these traditions. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I get married and move out. Will I have to come home every year at Christmas and stay just so I can continue these traditions or do I start my own?

What are your Christmas traditions? Which ones do you absolutely have to uphold every year?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Don’t you just love Christmas? I know I do. Yeah, the pressies are great but it looks so pretty with everything lit up. And speaking of lit up, I hear that Melanie got her Christmas tree finished today. Here’s a piccie. Doesn’t it look fab?
IMG-20121213-00078And look here… what’s this ornament? It sure looks like her fabulous book cover!

IMG-20121213-00082Wow! To have pride of place on her Christmas tree… makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.

And it’s only 10 days until Christmas. I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Maybe because I’ve been a starlet in Melanie’s novel?