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The Week Before Christmas

Oh, it’s been all go here this past week. I spent a fun day Christmas shopping in Brighton last weekend. The weather was mild, the sun shone and Christmas cheer was on offer.

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Then, of course, there’s the present wrapping…

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…and the decking the halls…

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Followed by the trifle-making, of course (Nigella’s recipe).

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Waiting for the custard to cool…

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…to be assembled on Boxing Day for a lunchtime buffet. Oh yes, of course, I’ll post that too.

 

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Deck the Halls

I’m at my sister Tootsie’s for Christmas. I arrived yesterday afternoon, blown in the door by a 80mph gale.

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The tree lights twinkled…

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…Bing Crosby was crooning carols, Christmas card garlands hung from doors…

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…and home-knitted stockings hung by the fire (with care).

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I recognised some old family decorations…

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…and ones collected by Tootsie over the years.

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Somethings tasty sat in the centre of the dining table…

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…and there was some evidence that Canadians were in the house.

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Deck the Doors

London loves to dress up for Christmas. The holly, the ivy, the mistletoe, the fairy lights and ribbon… oh how they lift the spirits and turn the grey city into a place of magic. I like the subtlety of the decorations too — sprig of holly, a twinkle of white light, a flash of red bow. Welcome to Christmas in London.

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Gingerbread House

I am walking down a pretty side-street in Richmond, admiring evergreen wreaths….

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…and colourful branches and berries…

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…and mistletoe…

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and holly, lots of holly…

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…when I spot this in a shop window…

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…and I’m a kid again, pressing my nose against the window.