The Christmas Gala evening proved to be a huge success, I honestly didn't know so many people lived in the area, maybe they only come out at night!The tinkling of the ivories from the antique shop Lent a touch of glamour. With sparkling glass and Christmas colour, the shop looked delightful. Robert was on hand to catch unsuspecting passers-by with sherry and mints. More old goodies found new homes in one evening than in the whole week.
The pottery was set up for kids painting sessions. Painty hands were everywhere and the children all took home their treasured piece of Christmas artwork.
Silly hats were the fashion order of the day. I thought it would just be us coffee shop gang wearing the silly headgear. Oh no, it would appear the whole village found the evening cause to dig out the daftest hats they could find. There were Rudolph hats, a huge variety of Santa hats, Elf hats and even a chimney hat with Santa's legs popping out of the top.Pete and Tim were giving away these giant balloons and glow rings to all the children.There was a drumming band to drown out the lovely strains of White christmas coming from the antique shop and a choir in the cafe belting out all the festive favourites. Hot chestnuts were being roasted on the proverbial open fire (and yes Jack Frost was most definitely nipping at your nose, as the temperature dropped considerably as the evening wore on) and they tasted wonderful.
Pete (and his elf) who owns the coffee shop was hard at work giving all the kids glowing keyrings and of course all those huge balloons etc. Idgy (my Elf) was sidelined from helping me and ended up putting together all the glow rings.
Head hoopla became the game of choice, with anyone who would stay still for more than a minute getting glow rings thrown at them. Idgy ended up with this rather fetching millinery creation.I sold lots of gingham hearts that wouldn't fit into the bags I had brought. It looked really weird to see so many people wandering about clutching my hearts like fashion accessories.We packed up at about 9pm as it got seriously cold and came home to huddle by the fire with hot chocolate and put our feet up.