December Days Gone By……

Hello,

It’s finally here. 2018. Already it seems the New Year is in full motion. So much of the year is already mapped out, it is almost slightly worrying that we are only 3 days into January and the year is fully booked. But I think that worry is probably the wrong word… perhaps I should replace it with exciting. After all we have multiple weddings to attend, some big birthdays, our first mini break away from the little pigs and our eldest will start school in September. Eeeeek.

One way to feel calmer is to look back at the month just gone. I adore Christmas and luckily so do my family (unless they are just humouring me). As soon as the 1st of December hits, I unleash the Christmas cheer and commence decorating. We as usual for our family went and purchased our real Christmas Tree. This always happens on the first weekend of December. Last year we went and choose our tree and had it cut down. Which is more environmentally friendly than the imported trees. However combine that with a young infant that got cold and my eldest who decided that it was time for a number two in the middle of a Christmas Tree field. We decided that perhaps we would skip that this year and try again in the future.

This year we went to Christmas Tree Farm in Kent and had a wander round with the little pigs and some feed buckets. As we wandered, we fed the animals before choosing our tree. The little pigs loved it, I think the goats and the cows were their favourite. For me it was all about the wooly pigs… that’s right wooly pigs. I am in love. I had never seen them before and they were simply amazing.

Wooly pigs.
Wooly pigs.
Feeding the goats.
Feeding the goats.

We decorated our tree, and I finally accepted this year that my days of decorating the tree solo were gone. I had two very determined and ‘helpful’ little pigs who wouldn’t take no for an answer. It was fun and I just made sure that I gave them the cheap plastic baubles and not my favourite, more delicate ones.

Decorating the Tree.
Decorating the Tree.

The next weekend, we had snow…. which did put rather a damper on my first ever craft fair. Unless you were running the coffee shop there, in which case they did really well selling hot drinks. After the fair we went for a family walk in the snow before the light faded. The little pigs and the pooch loved it. The left over snow fall and frosty days afterwards made everything so pretty if not a bit slippy. Sometimes I feel very grateful for living in the countryside.

Snowy walk in the fading day light.
Snowy walk in the fading day light.
Frosty Morning
Frosty Morning

We had more festive themed days of ice skating and a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London. Another craft fair where I did slightly better with no snow to scare off my customers. We had some quiet days too where the little pigs rediscovered their love of play dough multiple days in a row. Thank god I have wooden floors as so much of it seems to end up on the floor, and also I suspect in my youngest’s tummy.

Ice Skating.
Ice Skating.
Winter Wonderland.
Winter Wonderland.

Christmas itself passed in a comforting yet busy blur of family time. Four days in a row we were either hosting or had family staying and I loved it. I love the busyness of a house filled with voices, noise, pooches and people. New Years Eve passed filled with family and friends and even the little pigs managed to stay up to ring in the New Year. We certainly paid for the late night on New Years Day, but they had so much fun we couldn’t regret it.

Trying my hand at knitting under my sister in law's watchful eye. And yes I am using kebab sticks.
Trying my hand at knitting under my sister in law’s watchful eye. And yes I am using kebab sticks.

Once New Years Eve has passed, that is it for me. I am finished with Christmas and just want my house reclaimed, after all I have had my decorations up for just under a month. All of my Christmas decorations have been taken down and packed away. The tree is waiting in the garden for the recycling collection day, where it is collected and turned into compost. And I am ready for the New Year. I’ve made lots of resolutions already, most of which I am determined to keep.

Did you make any New Years resolutions? I would love to hear them.

Speak to you Soon.

Wishing you well.

Stay At Home Piggy.

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