OOh, a minor distraction in the packaging! And then on to the first item, Karen's very pretty handmade card. I now have enough cards to set up some ribbons to hold them, and this one will take centre stage.
Pretty, pretty wrapping - I have been drooling over that red and white vintage string in Country Living, and here it is, with pretty tags attatched!You like? I like!I guessed the squishy packet would contain the Christmas stocking, so I opened it first. Bingo!Beautiful festive fabric and a sweet yo-yo decoration. I love it, Karen!Now a matching bird - how charming.A candle teacup - you may think it looks good, but you haven't SMELLED it! It's just fantastic in real life, and I've been wishing for a scented candle...Three fantastic vintage French advert magnets. The top one is for a mint alcohol which is alledged to be a good prevention against epidemics! Angels holding the bottle and all... I've just been teaching about advertising standards in my 5° English class, and I think this might break a few of them ;) The yellow one is for Lu biscuits, which are still a firm favourite with French children. Cute little scholar on it. The final one is for French Wine (in general) - 'Health, Happiness and Hope'! I'll drink to that...What is in this tiny box? A tiny Christmas Pudding, of course! I think Ben and I will share it tonight as a little foretaste of Christmas.Another lovely bird, this time on such a nice notebook.And, incredibly, something I've been wanting to read all year! What a great gift, Karen!I'll have to hide this from the boys...Until I'm ready to share it, anyway. Scottish shortbread is something else to add to yesterday's list of what the British abroad miss!And at the end of that well-defered parcel opening, I am the proud owner of all the lovely packaging, above, and a really super set of gifts. Thanks so much, Karen - beautifully made and wisely chosen, all of it!