Not only was the tree big and fat, it was also decidedly, wonkily drunk. No amount of adjusting the screws in the stand could get this one to stand up straight. Other than that, it is a very nice tree.
The ornaments went on. I talked about our collection of Christmas ornaments last year. I think the word eclectic may come into play. There are some classic traditional. Then there are the traditional 'I have children and look what they made at school' ones. The girls are the keepers of the ornaments now, and I have no say in how long these will adorn our tree. Some I like more than others.
There are the ornaments I gathered in my travels. After all, every tree should have koalas, kangaroos, tropical fish, Chinese New Year figures and the like. Some conveniently remind me where they were purchased.
And then there are the handmade - by the girls, and me, and purchased at craft fairs.
In the kitchen, Emily and I wrapped dozens of mini sausages in bacon, stabbed them with cocktail sticks and put them in the freezer. I also made 1.5 kilos of sausage stuffing and that went in the freezer as well. Finally, I made the mincemeat for the tarts, liberally laced with booze and set aside to mellow.
What with the Canadian Christmas parcels being posted yesterday, the tree going up and the food preparation going apace I am feeling a bit more positive about everything. It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas round here. And about time too!