Now, it just so happens that the period running up to and including Christmas is my absolute favourite of the year. I usually start my present shopping in around October (or earlier), and spend many a cold night curled up on the sofa making presents, wrapping up presents and writing cards. I watch numerous Christmas films on my days off whilst making delicious christmas food and planning my presents. I choose presents for people carefully, and theme my wrapping too!
Some people may say I put too much weight on Christmas, as technically it is only another day. But seriously, who can say they don't enjoy the sight of twinkly lights, decorations, opening a thoughtful present, and of course....eating tons of wonderful food! And the opportunity to see members of your family you maybe don't got see often enough throughout the year!
Here's how I readied myself....
My mumma and little sis came to visit at the beginning of December, for Christmas shopping, Winter Wonderland, films, mince pies, putting up my tree and making some decorations!
I got my house ready for the festive period with lots of decoratons, and presents under the tree!
I crafted the following for my fam and friends...
I knitted a cushion cover for my mumma.
I made an owl cushion for my little sis (she literally nearly exploded when he opened it), and a fox for my friend.
I made my dad a set of family portraits in a Victorian silhouette style.
(top row, from l-r: my brother, my dad, my step-mum, me)
And I made some food too!
I made shortbread in 3 different made-up flavours (cranberry and orange rind, ginger liqueur and clove, spiced white chocolate).
I also made some Christmas chutney using my own improvised recipe.
I put bundles of shortbread and jars of chutney in amongst some posh shop-bought food and drink and decorations for hampers for some of my family.
That is how I prepared for Christmas in my little flat!
Pip pip xx