Christmas trees

Christmas trees are another custom that always bring joy to my heart.  Although the modern Christmas tree was introduced to the UK from Germany by Prince Albert, evergreen trees have always been venerated at the time of the mid winter solstice. These ones made me smile.



The last book as been marked, the nativity plays, Christmas Jumper days, parties and carol concerts are over, cards and calendars covered in glitter and the holidays have finally begun.  Time to recharge the batteries and enjoy all the festive traditions.

One of my favourite traditions is Santa Claus – here are a few of my favourite Santas.


Christmas Meal Planning Monday

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Christmas is finally here after weeks and weeks of build up. We travelled home today after a weekend with my Knight-in-Shining-Armour’s family. No it’s not a Christmas tradition but a celebration of a family member surviving a major illness this year.  They will be partying on all week whilst we are returning to have Christmas at home with my side of the family. I’m looking forward to being able to relax.

Monday 23rd Eating somewhere on the journey home
Tuesday 24th Poached salmon, now potatoes & veg
Wednesday 25th Traditional Christmas Turkey & trimmings
Thursday 26th Indian Feast – this has become a family tradition with my children who are not keen on too much traditional Christmas fayre.
Friday 27th Left overs
Saturday 28th Left overs
Sunday 29th French onion soup



Two Christmas Cats

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Two more Christmas favourites.

Mog’s Christmas

By Judith Kerr

Another delightful Mog story from Judith Kerr.   Mog is very disconcerted by the  disruption of household routines caused by preparations for Christmas and retreats to the roof. A walking, talking tree is the last straw for her and she takes refuge on the roof and refuses to come down. In the end she  returns with and unexpected bump. Poignant and funny.

Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers

By Lynley Dodd

I’m a great fan of Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary series. All great stories which play with words and rhymes.  Slinky Malinki started as a minor  character in Hairy Maclary stories but has now been promoted to having whole books of his own.

Slinky Malinki watches the Christmas tree being decorated and as you would expect he  disrupts the proceedings as only he can.  “Slinky Malinki, with mischievous glee, crept from the shadows to climb up the tree.”   Very funny.


Both simple stories that revolve around the family home familiar to most children. Children love them!


Trifextra 98

This is this week’s challenge. We are giving you exactly 33 words to make us laugh out loud and spread some festive cheer. 

This made me laugh and cry at the same time.  One child’s version of the traditional Christmas story!

child's nativity

Mary went to the doctor in Nazareth.  He said you are going to have a baby. Mary didn’t believe him. Next the doctor in Bethlehem said you are going to have a baby.


Meal Planning Monday 16.12.13

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Christmas will be taking over everything at work this week. We’ve written our letters to Santa,  retold the story of the First Christmas and solved a variety of Christmassy mathematical problems. So this week it will be Christmas lunch, Nativity play, parties, Christmas disco, visit from Santa and the Carol Service. I love it but it is exhausting.  We also have a colleague who is retiring so there will also be a variety of farewell celebrations interspersed throughout the week.

So this is a pared down meal plan, mainly using up what is in the fridge and  freezer.

Monday 16th Cheese and ham omelette
Tuesday 17th Prawn & lemon risotto
Wednesday 18th Tuna & Baked potato
Thursday 19th Retirement do
Friday 20th Slow cooker beef casserole
Saturday 21st Away for family celebration
Sunday 22nd Away for family celebration

To see what everyone else is doing this week head over to Mrs M’s.