And just like that, we've flipped our calendars over to the very last month of the year.
|What a great looking month - the only commitment I've got scheduled for before Christmas is a leave day.|
Hello December and everything that your 31 glorious days promise. The official start of summer, the count down to Christmas, those lazy days from Boxing Day to New Years Eve plus all sorts of other good things like birthday parties, the summer season at The Opera House and even more summer fruit. I don't know how I'm going to fit it all in personally but where there's a will, there's a way.
Speaking of wills and ways, I've finally figured out how to do outfit selfies without using the bathroom or lift mirrors. Timer delay on my iPhone, the top of a book case and a nice white wall to stand against. I think a monster has been unleashed. Apologies in advance.
Our Advent Calendars have been ready for weeks now and they've now been arranged on the the mantle piece.
As well as on other even surfaces around the place because the mantle piece is already a bit over crowded in the festive cheer department.
I'm especially excited about opening mine each day. I'm a born again fan of The Body Shop and am looking forward to rediscovering old favourites and finding some new ones over the next 24 days. I'm a bit nervous about the reception Preschooler SSG's Dinosaur calendar will receive, though. While he's talked about dinosaurs a bit, he's never actually asked for a model dinosaur before. I guess I'll only know after he's opened the first window.
And here it is. Our first proper Christmas tree. I'm really happy with the way it looks. It's just the right size for the study and looks as beautiful as it is budget friendly.
For a first time tree, its branches already hold many memories and moments by way of some special decorations.
This candy cane came from Preschooler SSG's Christmas craft stall. The children in his class made decorations to sell with the money raised going towards gifts for the Smith Family's Christmas Appeal. Many of us parents have already donated gifts but the children wanted to buy some gifts themselves. They took a bus to our local Westfield, went to Target (where else?!?!) and each chose gifts to add to ours. It was such a beautiful way for them to learn about giving while also having fun as a class through the craft, the excursion and then depositing the gifts under the tree at reception.
This horse was the first decoration Preschooler SSG hung on the tree. Even with the chair, he was still a bit short to put our star on the top of the tree but I reckon he'll be fine next year.
This star and bell were gifts from our lovely next door neighbour. We always have interesting chats about the world and her local knowledge about life in our neck of the woods is encyclopedic.
This bobbing Christmas tree is a very new (like Tuesday new) decoration I got from Woolworths. My memory of it will always be that I bought it at the same time as our first family Christmas tree.
Do your tree decorations have special memories attached to them?