This is a scheduled post. My sister, her husband and her four children will have arrived from Australia and we’ll be celebrating their arrival, catching up with their news and marvelling at how tall the children have grown. My computer will have been switched off and stay that way for the next few days, if not until 2013.
Tomorrow I’ll be cooking Christmas Dinner for 22 of us. Today I’m probably a little stressed. The Christmas Tree barn will be shut up at lunch time and we’ll bring in ivy, holly, herbs and Christmas tree branches to decorate the house. The Christmas tree will go up – too late now if the lights don’t work – and the foliage chandelier will be made and hung from the ceiling. My mother will be peeling potatoes and chestnuts, over excited children will be wound up even more by their older cousins, my children will all be home (see previous) and there will be chaos and fun in equal amounts.
There will, of course, be time to open the advent calendar …