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Archive for December 18th, 2020

I’m a HUGE – no make that MASSIVE fan of Strictly Come Dancing.

I love the It Takes Two spin off on BBC2 and watch it every day…my alarm is set for 6.28pm 😁😁😁😁

Tonight is the last episode and they’re interviewing the 4 finalists and I’m not sure who’s crying more!! Them or me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜

So very much looking forward to the final tomorrow night….you’ll know where to find me πŸ“ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒ

Much as I’d love to see Jamie and Karen win, I reckon its going to be Hrvy and Jeanette lifting the glitter ball tomorrow night.

19.12.2020 Update : πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ I was wrong….LOL The winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2020 was Bill Bailey. A dark horse who came in first….magic!!

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After correcting the start date for the Great Ocean Road virtual challenge in Australia, it seems I’m actually ahead of myself

Why thank you, I’m giving it some welly…😁😁

But with the 2020 Conqueror Challenge I’m still behind

Okay, okay…I’m trying…πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

121.1km doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you’re not ‘actually’ walking ‘virtually’ it’s a longggg way to zero!!Now if only this sodding weather would improve, I might actually finish them on schedule, and considering that I still want to virtually climb Mt. Fuji before 31.12.2020 …..

Still to get started, never mind completed

Meanwhile, the last day of 2020 creeps ever nearer….

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As a child you grow up with traditions and learn about others, whether they be religious or seasonal, familial or foreign and they all seem to be set in stone with certain rules that govern how they play out. I learned something quite profound one day…..traditions are not set in stone, they can be amended or tweaked and new ones can be created…!!! 😁😁

My mother had quite a few traditions, one of which was decorating the Christmas tree. A few days before Christmas a tree would mysteriously appear in the lounge (sitting room for the Brits πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ), and if a real tree, it stood in a bucket of sand. πŸŽ„

In the build up to Christmas day we learned that Father Christmas aka Santa would be visiting on the night before Christmas and leave us lots of presents….and he would decorate the tree, so when we woke up on Christmas day, magically the tree would be adorned in all its glory.

As we got older and learned that ‘Santa’ was actually Mommy, we got to help with the decorating. I remember the excitement as Christmas eve got closer and the anticipation built….and then her Christmas boxes would come out from wherever she was hiding them and glory be….we got to open them. Oh the beauty of all those shiny balls, the tinsel glittering in the light, the quirky little characters exclaimed over with delight and then the decorating began as we tried to balance them out around the tree with much laughter – the baubles going higher the taller we grew. And finally with a flourish we pulled tufts of cottonwool off a fat new roll, threw them all over the tree with wild abandon and voila, the tree was covered in ‘snow’. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ Too much fun.

Being the eldest of 4 daughters I got to help my Mother decorate the tree in secret 3 times to surprise and delight my sisters on Christmas day…and of course the day brought a pile of presents too. πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽ Needless to say, my Mother did things in a big way, and half the house would be decorated too ☺☺

When my daughter was growing up I carried on the traditions of my childhood and decorated the tree and lounge the night before Christmas to delight her in the morning. As she grew up and learned more about Santa’s secrets, she also got to decorate the tree. As it was just the 2 of us, we used to decorate together.

Now she’s grown up with a family of her own, she’s started a new tradition….the grandparents are invited over earlier in December for an evening of laughter, dinner and decorating the tree. Last year we all gathered together and my contribution was a 1st Christmas decoration for Jamie; an engraved ceramic star

This year I found a delightful little wooden decoration in Shepton Mallet; a picture of a snowman – he loves snowmen. β›„β›„

Unfortunately this year, due to tier 3 restrictions the paternal grandparents didn’t join us, but we had a fun time decorating the tree.

Granny and Jamie hanging his decoration

This was Jamie’s first time ever decorating a Christmas tree. He got the idea straight away. Mummy gave him the first bauble, showed him how to open the string, and he went straight over and hung it up with very little instruction on how to do it. We’re so proud of him. ☺☺

He just got it….so smart πŸ₯°πŸ’™

Of course not yet 2 years old, he got impatient with taking the decorations out one at a time and turned the box upside down and all over the floor 🀣🀣🀣 – and THEN proceeded to jumble them up.

But he was dissuaded and one by one the decorations went up with the assistance of Mummy and Daddy.

A steadying hand from Mummy

And finally when every last bauble and ball was up, he helped Daddy put the star on top πŸŽ„…..πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ hoorah!! Its Christmas πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽπŸŽ

Daddy’s little Christmas star β˜Ίβ˜ΊπŸ’™
He took it all very seriously β˜Ίβ˜ΊπŸŽ„πŸŽ‰

Once the tree was done we settled down to have a superb Christmas meal….fully vegetarian.

Table decorations

A newly established family tradition.

I bought my boobee an early Christmas present; a Peppa Pig set of plate, bowl and cup. He’s currently obsessed with Peppa Pig, so an easy buy 🐷🐷

Another tradition my Mother had was making a Christmas pudding….every year she would buy the fruit mince the bread crumbs, the eggs, suet, the sixpences and 50p (all carefully boiled to sterilise them) and then the mixing began. We would fight to mix and once it was all done, fight again as to who would get to lick the spoons and the bowl. When the grandchildren came along they were encouraged to participate and I have the loveliest photo somewhere of my Mother, my daughter and 2 nieces gathered round the table mixing the pudding. Possibly the last pudding my Mother ever did since she passed away a couple of months after my daughter’s 4th birthday. Moving forward, my daughter doesn’t like Christmas cake, Christmas pudding or mince pies….weird child, but more for me 😁😁🀢🏻πŸ₯§πŸ₯§πŸ₯§

Oh and without a doubt, you can be sure that on Christmas day….we all vied for the 50p!!! A veritable fortune in those days πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

P.S. did you notice the spelling of merry in the header photo…πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ only noticed after the package was opened…. a new tradition? πŸ˜‰

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