This weekend we went down to the farm and chose our Christmas tree. The 7 foot beauty was stuffed into the jeep and off we went home.
This brought back memories of last Christmas. I had decided to put the tree into the corner by the livingroom door. Not a lot of space there so asked the guy at the farm for something thin. ~In fact as we walked round the field l found just the thing. A tree that was wind blasted on one side so only had branches on one side instead of all round. How perfect for my tiny corner. I carried it home in triumph. We put up our slimline beauty in the chosen corner and lovingly dressed her in festive finary and lights galore. It was only after she had crashed to the ground three times and smashed all my favourite old baubles that l realised the folly of a branches-on-one-side tree!
Anyway, here we are back at home with the latest bristling beauty (branches ALL round!) and Idgy leaves me to do the boring bit of dragging it in and putting it up. Eventually find the metal stand thing in the sheep feed bin in feed shed (!) and set to with gusto. Now my livingroom is not big and has the disadvantage of having two doorways and a staircase in its corners. This only leaves the corner where tv is and we only have 2 plug points, so that can't be moved. I decide to put tree into stand and try it in different positions. It is at this point that Idgy reappears and asks 'why are you dancing with the tree Mum?' Well you try lugging a 7 foot prickle monster round the livingroom and look graceful – not easy. I will win no prizes on Strictly Come Dancing.
We decide that we will just move all the furniture into a friendly group and have tree sort of almost by the window. We decorate to the strains of Christmas carols, and the strained sounds of me singing along. All done and tree obliges by remaining upright – ah the joy!
This has put me in the mood for a festive tipple. Decide to make Mulled Wine using my Mulling Spices that l sell on the web site. Now l have to say that this spice mix (l use 8 different spices in my sachets) is a winner every time. You get the tastiest mulled wine and can use the cheapest of plonk to make it and it is just so simple to make. Can't drink it all alone so phone neighbours to come and see the tree. Good evening follows of wine, mince pies and of course the carols.
Christmas has arrived big style………..