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Christmas Spirit


The kids nagged me about getting up our Christmas tree so we spent a good part of Saturday doing it. I didn't make the mistake last year of putting up the tree first and then putting up the icicle lights across the back. This time lights go up first, then the tree.
 
Much easier, especially when it's done by hubby. I did buy a new set of blue bulbs for the tree from Big W and the Merry Christmas sign under the t.v. matches them. I went with a blue and white theme (sort of) this year and I think it turned out nicely.



My son was meant to make a Nativity set for school. He is driving me nuts at the moment. He has been diagnosed with a combined type ADHD and his concentration levels are giving me and his father frustrations like no other.
 
Anyway, he was meant to bring in a shoebox and other bits to make a Nativity scene. I had remembered that I bought this panel of fabric from Spotlight a few years back because I thought it would come in handy one day. So it seems today my fabric hoarding is not for naught.
 
We started his project and eldest daughter helped me cut out the pieces. We decided not to use all the pieces. I sewed them up and the kids helped to stuff. Dad helped to do the big cardboard cut out. It turned out ok, I thought. But apparently the next day, his teacher said "You'll get an E if you use that!" Clearly not impressed it wasn't what she wanted. Ho hum.
 
So on Sunday afternoon he spent a few hours getting a shoebox version done instead. I didn't take a photo but it was nice too. This fabric Nativity now is situated in our lounge under the t.v. stand. I suppose it is kid safe since it can't be broken unlike our ceramic version we normally use.



I finally got a new diary from the bargain store. I normally umm and ahhh for a while at other shops before I bite the bullet and make a decision. It's cream, classic and week to view. I'm very happy with my purchase. Now I can start writing in things for next year because sometimes it's actually nice to write instead of inputting data into my phone.


Hubby made me lunch (for once). We are a bit health conscious since putting on weight after our trip and other celebrations. It's a very healthy deconstructed rice paper roll (without the rice paper). I just felt like sharing the picture.

Summer is hitting us down under. I hope it stays hot over Christmas. Last year it rained. Like ALOT. Like torrential rain as I was driving up to Port Stephens. This year I got a special deal because of the rain. So mid Dec we are going up there again and hopefully it'll be nice and warm. I can't wait. I really need a stress free holiday even though it won't really be stress free. I don't think life ever is after you have offspring. Lol.

So far I've bought most of my Christmas presents for the little ones but I like doing a bit of a round of shopping the week before Christmas. It's just fun looking at bargains. Not sure if we'll do the seafood market again this year. We can get the same prawns at the local fish shop. I do love Christmas food though (there goes the diet).

I have downloaded Nicole's Christmas Planning Checklist. I should really look at it again and actually use it. There's a lot of good items in this list that I totally forget up until the last minute.

Have you got any special plans for Christmas yet? Is it really the end of the year??? Already?


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