Elf Mission
Dec27

Elf Mission

There’s nothing like the Christmas Eve Elf Mission to get the heart racing and the adrenaline pumping. Can you do it quickly enough? Can you do it quietly enough? Will all the presents get into the right sacks? And how late will you have to start to be sure it’s safe? The whole thing is like holding your breath for half an hour. Like everything else in my life lately, the Elf Mission has been affected by our temporary...

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A normal Christmas?
Dec24

A normal Christmas?

Last year was not a normal Christmas. My husband and two boys had flu right through the Christmas period and nothing felt right. We didn’t take our traditional photo by the tree on Christmas Eve, my younger son missed his trip on the Santa train, there was no enthusiasm for unwrapping presents, they made a vague attempt to eat a Christmas dinner that was delivered to them. I became nocturnal (but didn’t sleep in the day...

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Double Cheese Ready Baked Jackets
Dec23

Double Cheese Ready Baked Jackets

Jacket potatoes are one of my absolute favourite things to eat, whether I make them myself or eat them at my favourite coffee shop. (My younger son says Daddy makes much better ones than I do, that’s both true and another story.) The only downside of jacket potatoes is they can be a little time-consuming to make – there certainly isn’t time after a day at work when I’m just feeling hungry and want to eat. Those...

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Silent Sunday 22.12.13
Dec22

Silent Sunday 22.12.13

   

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The Christmas round-up
Dec21

The Christmas round-up

Christmas comes once a year and it inspires weeks and months of stress and excitement and, hopefully, enjoyment and relaxation too. It also inspires a lot of blogposts. I’ve written a fair few posts about Christmas in my time. Some of them were pretty good. I wrote them in 2011 and they had a handful of views. So, in honour of it being Very Nearly Christmas, I am sharing with you some of my favourite Christmas posts from 2011...

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