Posted by: christinelaennec | December 20, 2016

Christmas preparations 2016

Things have been busy, but in a good way.  Let me show you in photos:

The rats helping me write my Christmas cards.

The rats helping me write my Christmas cards.

The mantlepiece.

The mantlepiece.

Angels

Angels

The Christmas tree!

The Christmas tree!

Each ornament has loving associations.

Each ornament has loving associations.

I made this salt-dough paw-print ornament 20 years ago when my beloved many-toed cat Tinker was dying.

I made this salt-dough paw-print ornament 20 years ago when my beloved many-toed cat Tinker was dying.  He had 7 toes on each front paw, but the two small ones were too small to make a dent in the dough.  I remember the feeling of holding his paws to this day!

The Dafter helps me show you an amazing hedge in Hyndland, Glasgow.

The Dafter helps me show you an amazing hedge in Hyndland, Glasgow.

Palm trees in Hyndland.

Palm trees in Hyndland.

The three of us did a bit of Christmas shopping in Hyndland. The Dafter was able to walk a few blocks, and shop with her Dad for me, but then ran out of steam. But it's the first time we've managed that family tradition since December 2010!

The three of us did a bit of Christmas shopping in Glasgow’s West End. The Dafter was able to walk a few blocks, and shop with her Dad for my present, but then ran out of steam. But it’s the first time we’ve managed that family tradition since December 2010!

The entire pillar box was full of Christmas cards!

The entire pillar box was full to the top with Christmas cards!

Tilly's tumours have come back, but she has been happy - and decided to pose for her photo one morning.

Tilly’s tumours have come back, but she has been happy – and decided to pose for her photo one morning.

Helping with my baking. (Don't worry I didn't let her lick the spoon.)

Helping with my baking. (Don’t worry, I didn’t let her lick the spoon.)

I treated myself to this Christmas cactus from the local florist.

I treated myself to this Christmas cactus from the local florist.

Made some pomanders!

Made some pomanders!

And I made a new Christmas cookie, Citrus Cardamom Pinwheels. I found the recipe on the Old Farmer's Almanac website. Not a quick project, but really yummy!

And I made a new Christmas cookie: Cranberry, Cardamom and Citrus Pinwheels. I found the recipe on the Old Farmer’s Almanac website here. Not a quick project, but really yummy!

The Christmas Rose.

The Christmas Rose.

The Dafter has finished her semester now, and was able to take her assessments.  As you see, she was able to do a spot of Christmas shopping In Real Life with us.  I’ll give you an update on her in the New Year.

I have a lot of singing coming up this week!  Michael will soon be on a well-deserved break, so I will be able to do some caroling in hospitals and the care home.  On Sunday one of the choirs I sang in performed in a Nine Lessons and Carols service.  Among other things, we sang Philip Stopford’s A Christmas Blessing.  I think it’s a beautiful piece.  You can have a listen here.  (Not to us singing it, though – I wish we were this good!)  We also sang a new carol, Can It Be True? by Jacqueline Burley.  You might hear it on Radio 3 over the holidays.  It’s set to the words of a poem by Susan Hill.  I think you can download it here, if you’re interested.  Michael was able to come to our performance, and he said he really liked the piece, because it made him feel the wonder of Christmas was fresh and new.

I wish the same for all of you!

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Responses

  1. Quel plaisir de voir The Dafter en bonne forme ! J’aime toutes les photos de Noël, elles donnent l’impression d’être dans un salon chaleureux.
    Passez un heureux Noël en famille.

  2. Christine, what an absolutely lovely post! So genuinely Christmas … thank you for sharing your life with us and your special traditions. It’s wonderful to see your dear daughter out and about and looking so jolly. I couldn’t get over the picture of the post box so incredibly full. It’s nice to see that sending post to celebrate special times of the year hasn’t gone out of style. I love that you are in a choir and sing all these amazing choral pieces. I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and my sincerest best wishes for the new year.

  3. The scene writing at the desk with the rats looks like a picture out of a Beatrix Potter book. So nice to be able to be out together as a family. And cardamon is one of my favourite biscuit spices, so will definitely take note of that recipe.

  4. Lovely post. Have a lovely time x

  5. Merry Christmas to your whole family. Thank you for the card and enclosed letter.

  6. Lovely Christmastide images, and the music is heavenly, thank you, Christine. Three of my little grand girlies and their mom made a snow girl…complete with a snow bow…just outside my window. I loved her joyous presence for several days until the rain started washing her away today. Mt. Hood is in her awesome white glory, but I have not caught her on my camera recently.
    May you and yours have a blessed Christmas celebration! xx

  7. Thrilled to hear the Dafter has had a little respite and was able to shop for your gift. Such an uplifting post it was a joy to visit. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

  8. Love seeing what is going on in your home! those cookies look and sound amazing! So glad the Dafter got to do a little Christmas shopping!!! Your Christmas rose is so pretty!!! That wouldn’t be able to bloom here I don’t think. I’m sorry to hear about Tilly’s tumors :(. All your singing sounds so wonderful, I can just imagine it!!! When I remember I put Handel’s Messiah on in the kitchen because I just love the sounds of the Scriptures being sung and it always ministers to my soul. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and a very happy Christmas!!!! I finished nearly all the shopping yesterday and made a bunch of cookie dough. 🙂 the next days are filled with visits with friends and baking/wrapping. 🙂

  9. It was a joy to see your lovely photos of Christmas and all your preparations. It really warmed my heart to see the dear Dafter out and about; how wonderful! And, the music is so lovely. How I wish I could attend one of your concerts. Have a blessed Christmas holiday and I wish you and your family all the very best for the near year! Hugs, Pat (ps, those cookies look so yummy!)

  10. A lovely set of photos, very Christmassy. Great to see the Dafter out and about, and what a magnificent hedge.


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