Are you all ready then, ready for the big day? Oooooh, it's almost here, I'm so excited, Mr HenHouse finishes work tomorrow lunchtime and then the festivities can really begin. I've been beavering away here at home: cooking, wrapping, shopping, crafting, worrying over parcels which have not turned up, being pleased at parcels that have turned up..!
The jukey is loaded with seasonal tunes...
...and is looking a tad festive itself.
Yes, there has been quite a bit of this...
Not just in the hall!
The Christmas cake, baked long ago and diligently "fed" ever since, has been iced and it's all I can do to stop myself ploughing into it before Christmas Day. I've been making do with the gingerbreads (how stoic of you, Hen!)
Today, I even found the time to lay the table in the dining room as this is one thing I can do without having to do on the big day.
The Munchkin gets most excited about the choccies left by each person's place. This year there are two so he'll be a happy chappy!
Of course, there has still been much crafty stuff going on. Last week, I felt so tired with all the gifts I was making but this week with them all safely finished, I am really able to enjoy things and take everything at a more leisurely pace. I have even found time to make more gifts I hadn't expected to. Like this cushion, for example. Oh lovely red patchworky cushion, you.
Now I'm blushing a little as I write this as I had no idea this morning when I bought this cushion down from my Den to photograph it (before wrapping it), that I was going to like it so much on this chair in the dining room! Aaaarrrrgghhh!
I'm sorry but it simply has to stay!
I also managed to finish our Christmas quilt last week and am pleased with its ability to look bright and cheery and to be useful, too!
Along with the star blocks, I found a pattern for this tree block in a book which my sister gave to me and thought: a ha, Christmas tree, Christmas quilt!
The Munchkin has been poorly with a cold this last week so has been a little less exuberant. There has been much snuggling with the quilt and his ever constant furry friend.
Talking of furry friends, here I am attempting to hand sew my hexagons - under my latest, and very bouffey, ginger eidy - and two very large and furry ginger toms!
Back to the makes then, some things shall have to wait until after the big day to be revealed. However, I can keep the Munchkin away from my blog and show you this furry foxy friend I made for him to add to his menagerie...
I hope he is well received, he looks mightily sly, I think! So once the presents are bought, or mainly made in this house this year, there's all that wrapping to be done. Groan!
One benefit of the Munchkin being a little older is that he was keen to help this year so he wrapped all of his presents for Daddy himself, right down to the ribbons and tags.
I, meanwhile, was having a tad more trouble.
Aaarrrgghh, Jacky Ginge!
Vorey's expression says it all!
As in the end, does a frustrated Jacky Ginger's!
Well, in fact it was not so much of a chore; fire roaring, mulled wine, furry friends for company, Christmas tunes on the jukey, and before long, the space under the tree was filling up with goodies...
And what a splendid tree it is!
I have also brought out my snowy village onto the mantelpiece, below the vintage Christmas-themed Eileen Soper print.
The lights are on, ready for all those pressies to arrive...
...carols are maybe being sung in the church on the hill...
...ssshhh, looks like the presents are on their way!
Our newest form of decoration this year is this rather fab drawing which the Munchy one brought home from school. It's Father Christmas dancing, but then you knew that, didn't you?
And so my friends, all that remains is to wish you all, from our house to yours, all the very best and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!