Well, despite all my plans to make many Christmas gifts, they have slowly been whittled down to just a few, due to time constraints, and a rather wakeful 3 month old! After two attempts at the honeycomb that had worked so well on Bonfire night, I resigned myself to filling the Christmas bags with shop bought sweets, although the temptation to find some "homemade" shop bought sweets and pass them off as mine, was rather high, it was also a victim of time, or lack of.
At least I have lots of ideas for projects to work on when time is less of an issue!
However, we can now all breathe a big sigh of relief that all Christmas plays, parties etc are finished with, and we now have 2 weeks together as a family, and we can start on the family traditions. Such as our trip on a steam train tomorrow, munching on roast chestnuts whilst waiting to see the man in red, and then returning on another train having waited by the roaring fire in the waiting room eating warm mince pies. This is the official start to Christmas in our family.
We are all looking forward to a peaceful, restful family Christmas, and I think Alec may be looking forward to spending a bit more time in his bed in the mornings, as am I!