this Christmas is like no other isn't it. Though we are not in tier 4 (essentially lockdown) yet, we are warned to be super cautious about any mixing, especially with this new strain of coronavirus which is even more contagious spreading throughout the country.
It's sad not to be able to meet up with family and friends, but as we are a family of 5 it doesn't feel lonely at all. I know I'm so blessed to have all three boys at home.
I've been making regular batches of mince pies using THIS pastry and THIS mincemeat . Christmas is wonderful for baking opportunities isn't it. All offerings disappear pretty quickly these days.
I've been walking everyday, going a little further when the sun shines.
Back home presents are wrapped, mostly in reused and reusable gift bags.
Cards have been sent. I was impressed with these charity cards from Tesco. Minimal packaging, no glitter
And easy to recycle.
I'm aware I don't do much to support small businesses, but I did order this embroidery kit as a present to myself from a lovely UK Etsy shop . I'm looking forward to trying out a different craft after the big day
On Monday, the winter solstice, I did a final bit of decorating, prettifying my kitchen window
With much loved old decorations
In the evening we went to a local market town to admire their twinkly lights while it was quiet.
There's still so much I'm thankful for, despite this reduced celebration. The little things and small joys are largely unchanged. Also It's the first time in 17 years I don't have to work at least part of Christmas....I'm super grateful for that.
I do hope you all stay safe this Christmas and manage enjoy however you celebrate it.