Friday, 31 December 2010

Christmas 2010

Is there any day of the year better than Christmas Eve? I think it's the most exciting day of the year and over the last few years, we've created our own little family traditions to which we all look forward. Once Mr HenHouse finishes work, we feel we can really start celebrating! So early evening, it was off to the Christingle service...

Awww, for how many more years can we hang onto him looking this angelic (if a little "shaggy dog" in the hair department!)

Then it's out for dinner. A relief for me from all the cooking to come!

Can't stay out too late though! There's essential jobs to be done at home if the man in red is to visit...

Ahh, this is the best bit, pjs on in front of the fire, snuggling under the eidy, tin of Quality Street out, everything to look forward to the next day!

We are incredibly lucky with the Munchkin in that he is not a child who starts jumping up and down at some horrendous hour half way through the night but waits for us to get up at a sensible time for the festivities to begin on Christmas Day. And the reward for this good behaviour?!

Ah yes, Father Christmas has not disappointed! Jacky-Ginge is wondering what on earth is going on and why he's being made to wear a stupid red bow? He's enjoying having so many people sitting down and having a choice of laps on which to station himself, however.

Seems other gifts were well received, too!

Even if the Munchkin did think it was a cat, not a fox!

Yum yum, all that present opening is hard work...

So, that was Christmas, over in a flash, all to quickly, as usual. We've finally been able to get together with family, despite most of us being at various stages of the dreaded cold bug and it was a joy to see homemade gifts being appreciated as they found new homes...

Me? Well I did rather well in the gifts department, too. The eagle eyed amongst you (my sister!) will recognise this gorgeous vintage crazy patchwork throw from my Bridport post. A certain someone managed to slip back and wrap it up for me for Christmas Day. Jacky approves!

I also received this gorgeous Orla radio which I wanted for my "new" quilting room upstairs.

However, it seems I have competition for the lovely big table in my quilting room. Ohhh, the Munchkin has been busy since Christmas Day!

All aboard the Hornby express!

Chuff chuff!

You can visit the shops (or the farm!)

Whoosh! There goes Clan Line!

Clan Line is hauling The Orient Express (as in real life) complete with Pullman coaches. Want a ride? Your table awaits with its working lamp!

Yes indeedy, there is one happy chap. The Munchkin? No, his Dad, of course!

Now my friends, New Year awaits us so we wave goodbye to you for a while and indeed to 2010. It has, as they say, been a very good year.



  1. Lovely post - happy new year to you all xxx

  2. love love that radio!!!.. very stylish! love how you are going to have a quilting room to will it look as fab as your "den" which i have serious envy of!
    it looked very cosy in your living room..quality streets are a must!!

  3. Happy New Year Hen tou you and all your family!xxx

  4. Lovely post - enjoyed reading that and looking at your pics! Looks like you had a great time! Those boys are going to have many happy hours with the Hornby set! Happy New Year! Abby

  5. wonderful christmas in your delightfully pretty home made home- how lovely!!!!!
    your boys in your life are the sweetest and look very pleased with their the hand made foxy cat ;0)x

    happy new year! x

  6. Ooooooooooh! May I come to play with the train set.....? Lovely post, glad you all had a wonderful Christmas
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  7. The Munchkin is like my daughter, she has never got overexcited and when she was younger we had to wake her up! Happy New year to you all and thank you for all the wonderful posts.

  8. What a lovely Christmas. I'm particularly fond of the fox! Have a wonderful 2011, Hen.

  9. Looks like a prety good Christmas all round. I loved the Fox.
    Have a wonderful New Year Hen!
    Warmest Wishes.. Em xxx

  10. A wonderful Christmas with your gorgeous family. The train set is fabulous! Have a very Happy New Year.

  11. Hen

    Looks like you had a lovely Christmas, hope you are recovering from the cold. Wishing you and the family health, happiness and love in 2011.

    All things nice...

  12. It certainly looks like you had a fabulous Christmas for you and your family!

    I have so many memories of Christingle services when I was younger!

    Victoria xx

  13. I do love that railroad tabletop! I would not count on quilting any time soon....

    Meanwhile, let me thank you for all your brilliant posts. Your site is a fabulous place to visit, and I so look forward to doing so in 2011.

    Happy New Year to you and yours! xo

  14. It looks as if you had a wonderful Christmas.. love the train set, could play for hours with that (I love model trains!!) A very Happy New Year to you all! Lizzie x

  15. From a small town in central Pennsylvania, USA, I have been reading your blog for a year now and wanted to say how I love everything you show and say and share! I will be anticipating the coming year to be just as enjoyable. Someday, I would love to visit your area of the world!

  16. Lovely post, Hen! Love the radio, very funky!!
    What a cosy scene in your lounge, Quality Street are a must at Christmas, aren't they.
    Happy New Year to you all.
    Linda O xx

  17. What lovely photos - that boy is adorable your pics of him always make me smile. Great pressies, everyone should have a train set at some point in their childhood, and that's a rather super one. Have a wonderful New Year.

  18. Happy New Year to you all. Mr VG is quite taken with the model railway.

  19. Happy New Year from Nova Scotia!

  20. Hi Helen, that looks like a perfect family Christmas. The love and happiness almost jumps off the screen and Munchkin's face is so full of joy. I think you will struggle to regain your table!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011.
    *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

    Carol xx

  21. Gosh what a cosy looking bunch! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year Hen. Love your new quilt, lovely colours.

    Looking forward to lots more HenHouse adventures and creations next year.
    Love Stephxx

  22. Hi Hen
    What a wonderful Christmas you all had. We had a fab one and I was very spoilt. Have a wonderful New Year and here's to a great 2011.
    Jo xx

  23. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us... beautiful photos a really lovely post. Wishing you and your lovely family health and happiness for 2011! Mandy x

  24. What a truly lovely post, you look like you had such a great time, we did too. Munchkin looks so happy! Happy New Year to you all and I hope 2011 brings you lots of joy and happiness x
    Andrea x

  25. ... And a Happy New Year to you! Thank you for all the lovely posts in 2010 and sharing your life and family with us.
    Here's to more of the same in 2011.

  26. A perfect family Christmas..can you adopt me please?! ;0)

  27. I love your pictures.
    Have a great new year.


  28. Happy new year Hen, hope 2011 will be a good one :)
    Loving the trains, lucky boys! x

  29. Hi there, Happy New Year to you and yours! Loved the Christmas pics. Wonder if my boy Leo would wear a bow? Oh well I have 357 days in which to experiment!
    Lesley XX

  30. What a wonderfully happy post Mrs Hen House. I did love seeing the train set, what a wonderful hobby for a man and his boy. Love your new radio - so cute! Love your new crazy patchwork quilt too. It's looking beautiful in its new home. Happy New Year to you too!!

  31. What a glorious post - looks like you had a grand time of it! A very happy new year to you Hen :)

  32. Just a wee bit late.. but nonetheless sincere wishes for a Happy New Year Hen!
    My brothers had a Hornby train set in the attic which was on the same scale as the munchkins. Although I was far more interested in my dolls at the time.. I still have fond memories of visiting the hallowed Hornby room!
    Michele x

  33. Happy New Year Hen! This is such a happy post! I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas!

    Congrats on your win at Fat Quarterly! :)


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