I couldn't put my Christmas tree up at the weekend as it would have been in the way of the TV man but after singing 8 Christmas carols (sore throat followed) at a coffee, cake and carols event at Cotton Chapel on Saturday I felt festive enough to put autumn back in the cupboard and find Christmas for the mantel shelf.
The wooden Christmas cats and mini snow globe are new-to-me for 2019 and I've put 4 things in a bag for the next charity shop visit to make up for acquiring more 'stuff'. I think the snow globe, with a jolly snowman inside is quite old as it's not lost any liquid like modern globes seem to do and it has something in it that looks like snow rather than glitter - which is what they put in snow globes nowadays.
I've also put my Christmas cup and saucer in the charity shop bag, it came from a charity shop years ago and I've faithfully used it every December since, but the darn thing is so heavy and so big that it loses heat quickly, so someone with bigger arm muscles can enjoy it now!
My Christmas started with the carols and cake last Saturday, continued with more carols, Christmassy demonstrations and party food at WI on Monday evening and this weekend the Surrey family will be here, so I've made a start with writing cards and wrapping gifts so they can take them home with them as they won't be staying here again this year.
Some people love wrapping presents........I don't, they never look very good when I've finished but as the paper usually gets ripped off anyway I've given up worrying and I don't add fancy bows or twiddley bits any more either. Sellotape and a name tag - usually made from last years Christmas cards - that will do.
More New TV news...............Sorted out how to get BBC iplayer yesterday so I'm able to catch up on University Challenge and Only Connect on a better (than lap top) screen. Why the Beeb insist on always putting both programmes on Mondays when I'm at WI every other week I don't know!
I'm ever so pleased with the bigger and clearer picture, the family will get quite a surprise when they see it - "Fancy Mum getting up to date!".