I actually bought a Christmas tree. Clearly getting soft in my old age - though I still have very little excitement for anything xmas related, other than overeating.
presents and everything
It's black (bah humbug etc), skinny and 'pop up' - ie it's just a spiral of fake tree. Came pre-decorated and pre-lit - but I've removed several hideous baubles, and swapped the harsh blue LEDs for some nicer warm white ones.
And I've added a few of my own decorations, though there wasn't really much space! Some holographic stars and mirror music notes from Ikea, a silver bead chain (instead of manky tinsel), and these tiny little hazel elves bought from the local craft market:
even cuter in real life!
The rest of my decorations are too big for the tree, so are hanging on a stand thing on the mantelpiece.
Today I've made my traditional cake - mincemeat and marzipan teabread. It's so good!
As well as that, the last few weeks have been a bit of a mincemeat baking extravaganza:
- half a dozen mince pies
- mincemeat mini muffins
- more mince pies
- mincemeat flapjack
- yet more mince pies, but with 'posh' cassis (blackcurrant) mincemeat
- mincemeat and marzipan cake
- another batch of cassis pies to finish the jar off.
In my defence, some have been eaten by people at work and hungry kayakers. But yes, I quite like mincemeat.. mmmmm