But what about the more subtle hints?
Upstairs in my bedroom, there are carrier bags full of presents waiting to be wrapped. That’s my staging place. That’s where I keep them as I buy and then get them all out form time to time to check if we have enough, and if it is fair between the kids.
In the dining room, there are rolls of wrapping paper standing in the corner. I use the dining table as my wrapping station. Scissors, tape and gift tags are all to hand, and the table is an easy height to work at standing or sitting.
Remember this box of presents? Well, here’s what was in them! Maurice had a new shed and I bought him a ‘shed survival kit’ all on our budget of £10! It was a few years ago now, and we’ve kept up the tradition of the £10 budget as it makes it more fun!"
There’s already plenty of presents underneath the tree.
Now the kids are grown up, they don’t decorate their bedrooms, but there is a chocolate advent calendar in each of their rooms. Getting empty now. This year I sewed an advent panel, and it’s up on the wall in the hall filled with chocs for me and Maurice! (He forgets every day!!)
Outside there are a string of coloured lights along the porch. Maurice has put them up this year, but I don’t think they have been turned on yet! Maurice is the only one who will sit in the lounge next to our big Christmas tree and not turn the lights on! I do think it looks rather sad without it’s twinkly lights!
What signs of Christmas are around your house?
Be back later with advent presents for last couple of days!