Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Wishes and a Belated Pause in Advent

Merry Christmas to you all! We have had a lovely first few days of the holidays, with a flurry of tidying, cooking and dog-walking all culminating in the traditional decoration of our living Christmas tree, fresh in from the garden, to the sounds of Carols from Kings.
The poor tree, already battered from living in a pot in the south of France when it is really an inhabitant of northern climes, also has to contend with a large and adventurous kitten this year. Ben had the idea of decorating it with scented things - dried citrus fruit, chillis and star anise, all of which seem to be quite repellant to Wilson the tree-climber. However, we've had one or two close calls with other decorations already... all breakable ones are on the mantelpiece or tucked away for a year.

With relation to my Last Straw post, below, no, Mags, I never came near to my own last straw, but thanks for asking! We divided up the tasks between us - I took on the house tidying and cleaning, the boys committed themselves to checking, sorting and putting up the decorations, and Ben has very nobly stayed in the kitchen for three days producing seasonal and everyday food. Wonderful man!

Have your own, wonderful, Christmas. God bless you all.


Lyn said...

Merry Christmas and a happy new year xxx

marigold jam said...

Hope you will all enjoy a peaceful and happy Christmas and all best wishes for 2014.

Meggie said...

Thank you for including my blog in "A Pause in Advent". Merry Christmas, to you and your family!

Angela said...

Bless you too, Floss. The Advent Pauses all over the blogs have been Particularly Thoughtful this year, and I have found them a real blessing. xxx

Kezzie said...

Happy Christmas to you too dear Floss! Thank you for your lovely Pause organising! X

Fat Dormouse said...

A very good idea to repel Wilson-the-Very-Bad-Kitten! Our answer to climbing kittens was to not have a tree! Instead we have festive twigs, bedecked with shiny decorations and straw angels and fairy lights. It works well enough.
I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and that Ben's labours were not in vain.
I have enjoyed taking part in the Pauses this year, as while looking for the poems I wanted to use, I have come across some other wonderful poems which I HAD to use!!
God bless, my Dear Floss

Kit said...

I love your tree! Hope your Christmas was lovely. Kit