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3 things that make Christmas Christmassy!

Morning everyone!

I don't feel very well today - got some sort of virus.... and there is SO much still to do....

So today you must restrict yourself to THREE things..... that make Christmas Christmassy for you and yours!

I will choose:

1. Crackers
2. Gold money in little net bags
3. Oranges with cloves stuck in.

So come on, lets help everyone feel more Christmassy by listing our favourites.

Over to you ...


Posted at 20th Dec 2007 - 11:11AM   Posted by Faith   3 things that make Christmas Christmassy! Comments: 8

Smell of Mulled Wine.

Smell of the Christmas Tree when you come down in the morning.

Smell of Chestnuts roasting in the hearth or on a brazier in the street, had my first last night at the village fair, ate a wonderful hog roast , drank mulled wine, ate warm mince pies with almond frangipan topping; listened and joined in with Carol Singing on the Common where all the churches had come together and an amorphous mass gathered around a flat bed truck as the various Ministers said prayers. Had a hug with Santa too, he asked me if I had been a good girl, I replied the rumours were true, he laughed, and said he would see me later; an old friend in disguise. What made me smile most was watching totally bemused commuters in their cars on their way home driving through our village wondering why the pretty village they usual race though breaking the limits and ignoring the crossings, had for one night of the year, sprung to life as soon as dusk came and the roads could only be navigated with care, Santa's Sleigh was causing a traffic jam! Market stalls selling local produce, cheeses , wines , ales, crafts, fish and meat and game hanging from the butchers doorway. All the shops stayed open late and each shop window looked like a party was going on inside, with people supping wine and eating canapes, you could graze your way down the High Street. The local Morris Men doing their thing, a small jazz band playing outside one of the pubs; the local Bobby, paramedic unit and retained Firemen were all out in force, raising money for their benevolent funds, and showing excited children round their vehicles. The village was heaving as a whole community came together and celebrated, we made the roads and commons our own again. I guess the whole event has made me feel more Christmassy, and I look forward to it each year.

Posted by: ZoŽ on 20th Dec 2007 at 11:39AM

Pipany's Avatar That's lovely Zoe. Sorry you are poorly Faith; hopefully it will be a short bug.
1. Mulled wine.
2. Christmas carols particularly Silent Night and Away in a Manger.
3. Children - the excitement on their faces as the big day approaches.

Posted by: Pipany on 20th Dec 2007 at 11:52AM

Milla's Avatar Carols. Except have just been to a funeral, and Silent Night was the one chosen for the service which just invests it with even more tear-jerking potential.
Tree done, and presents lying underneath, unmolested either by nippers or dogs.
Lying flaked out on the sofa Christmas evening, chores done, everyone fed and presented and time for us just to indulge in the simple things of a glass and a DVD. For let's face it, who needs to see Titanic again.
Oh, and children's nativity play. Altogether now, aaaaaaahhh.
Actually, in vague and late summary, what I really like is the anticipation. Christmas Eve is probably my favourite time with as much done as can be done and all the fun bits ahead.

Posted by: Milla on 20th Dec 2007 at 02:02PM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Sorry to hear you are not well, Faith. If I could, I would come down and help you out.

Christmas trees. Decorations, coloured light (preferably not those blue led ones as they play havoc with my epilepsy!).

Satsumas. Love 'em.

Wrapping presents.

Crystal xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 20th Dec 2007 at 02:35PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Oh Faith I hope you feel better soon and as much as you want to get things done - REST - or you will delay your recovery.

1) Xmas dinner - love the smell of it cooking and having the family all around.

2) Smell of the pine tree

3) Xmas decorations in the shops and the mince pies that get served in many shops in our village - plus Xmas commercials. You may not get the Snowman Iron Bru South of the border.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 20th Dec 2007 at 03:06PM

Faith's Avatar We do get the Irn Bru ad, WW.

Feeling a bit better.

Posted by: Faith on 20th Dec 2007 at 03:09PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Oh, sorry you're poorly's Adrian and SZM......I am hoping and praying I don't catch it.......just in time for Christmas.
I'm hoping these will do the trick for me.....
1. Carols....we're going to a carol concert on Saturday night.
2. Making the mince pies....don't really like them but love the smell.
3. Christmas incense - and tons of candles...... I'm seriously into amber, my favourite fragrance......

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 20th Dec 2007 at 09:18PM

Camilla's Avatar Sorry to hear you are not feeling very well at the moment Faith, hope you make a speedy recovery, it's horrid not feeling well with the dreaded flu-bug. Hope it goes in time for Christmas.

Three Things:-

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

Christmas Lanterns - Usually hang them on Cottage Gate, they have to be little white ones though.

My Grandchildren unwrapping their Chrsitmas Presents, makes me happy to see joy in their eys.


Posted by: Camilla on 20th Dec 2007 at 11:40PM

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