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he’s Been!, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”


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Butchers where we had our Chicken from, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

This is the really cute looking butchers we got out chicken from this year. I really am not keen on Turkeys and we have had a few dodgy ones the past few years so this year we are having a chicken.

I would love to live in the house next to this butchers (is it too late to ask for it Santa???).

Boo went in with Mr W to collect the chicken and came out with a bag of little sausages for him and Moo for their lunch!

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A tiny bit of snow…, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

I Would LOVE a white Christmas, when I say white I don’t mean the ‘offical’ white Christmas a few snowflakes on top of a weather station somewhere I mean lots and lots of lovely snow to wake up to on Christmas day! I doubt it will happen though as this is the best we seem to get at the moment and then it melts by lunchtime!

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Jamie O Gravy, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

This year I plan to have a really relaxing Christmas day so I am cooking as much as i can in advance so I can just throw it all in the oven and spend more time playing with all the new toys : D

I am a huge gravy fan I could eat a bowl of it like soup so when I saw Jamie Oliver’s gravy on his Family Chritmas program (how cute is his baby Petal?!) I had to make it.

I was really easy and the smell whilst it was cooking was amazing, it tastes fab as well so can’t wait to have it on our dinner on Friday.

I also plan to make the roast potatoes and some parmesan parsnips in advance.

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Card Holder, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

I couldn’t find a nice card holder to match my decor in the lounge anywhere, so I made this from sparkly turquoise elastic, basic clothes pegs and decorated with more paper snowflakes! It has made 3 card holders for £3!

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First batch of Home made mince pies have been made! I have been meaning to make some for weeks.

They are gorgeous. I tried something different as I prefer ‘deep filled’ mince pies, so I use silicone cake cases, seems to have worked out quite well.

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Salt Dough Chrstmas Decorations, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

We decided to have a go at the Salt Dough Christmas Decorations which Kirstie Allsopp made on he Christmas program DETAILS HERE.

I was pleasently surprised at how well it went! Me & Boo made the dough and then we all painted them – I couldn’t let the boys have all the fun – I had a go as well and mine are the 3 silver hearts.

We are going to be giving them to Grandparents as presents from the boys, just need to varnish them so they last.

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