A bit early this year 


I saw a retro style notice board in Homebargains and had to get it as it was only £5.99 , it comes with loads of letters and numbers and I love it, and I got a cute Christmas cup to add to my collection and as soon as I got home I had to set up my hot drinks station which is basically mugs,syrups, candy canes,marshmallows and sprinkles,the kids love it . I do it differently every year.  Here is it what do you think ? 

I am pleased with it, I don’t usually put any Christmas decor out until the 1st of December but I couldn’t resist. I won’t be putting anything  else out yet. I am actually dreading putting up my tree this year as I know Archie my Chihuahua puppy is going to have a field day with it. I am going to have a trial run with just the tree no ornament and if he is OK with that it is staying if not,and I will be so upset if he isn’t, we will have to get a small table top tree and put it on the sideboard.  

When do you start to decorate? 

X Dawn


Nearly October can I mention the C word yet ? 


Christmas ……there I said it ! 

I love Autumn, as much as I love the Summer there is is nothing nicer than snuggling up in your PJ’s under a cosy throw with candles lit ,fire on with it’s comforting glow. Autumn dramas on TV , walking the dog wrapped up on my warm coat and thoughts of Christmas in my head. I am a planner and a list addict and I already have my list for Christmas gifts done. Planning the decor and events to attend get me excited and sometimes the day itself doesn’t give me as much pleasure as the run up to it , does anyone else feel like that ? Its because we have no children in the house on Christmas morning now and it isn’t the same. I love church and carols and Christmas markets and making yummy treats for the Grandchildren and like to be organised .This year as we have a little puppy I am thinking of getting a table top tree as he is small and I can see him now getting under the tree and chewing wires or ornaments. I have to have a look around, the stores already have lots of Christmas goodies in and today its Christmas on QVC. Are you excited about Christmas? Even though I do everything myself and wouldn’t have it any other way. 

X Dawn 

Get a flocked tree she said. …note to self. ..shut up!


 Happy 1st if December. Our Elf Jingles visited this morning bringing our advent which is little boxes filled with treats and things to do .They have little notes that say have hot chocolate with marshmallows,watch a Christmas film,help deliver the cards,go to the Christmas market today etc plus some chocolate coins,you have to have gold chocolate coins. Well the countdown has well and truly begun. 

I failed getting all my gifts by three as one was out of stock and the other two I changed my mind at the last minute but all in all I have done well.I am wrapping Monday and it will all be done. 

My tree,where do I start . My tree arrived and I couldn’t wait to get it out of the box,I was covered in white flock and dust,my floor , furniture it was everywhere , what the heck was I thinking ?  here is the mess that the blooming tree made getting it out and assembling it. 

It took ages to clear up I have to dust the furniture , sweep and hoover the floor and put my clothes in the wash and I was getting so frustrated with it as everytone I moved it we had another snow storm.  

Here is the devil tree all decked out ,  I do love how it looks but my gosh it is a nightmare!

I am dreading taking it down and packing it away again! 

How is your prep coming along ? 

X Dawn 




Ordered a tree 


We have a Christmas tree coming on Monday . I have decided on a 6 foot flocked tree with berries and pine cones .  I walked around the shops and couldn’t decide so I looked on line and got a £40 saving so it was £89.99. I am going to but a tree skirt and a few more decorations for it on Saturday, I have always had a red gold and green theme for my tree and I have decorations from when John was a boy and my kids were little and I do get a few new ones every year. I got John some angel wings for the tree because both his parents have passed away. I saw them and thought he would love them . I am aiming to put the tree up during the first week of December and as I have done since the film was released I play National Lampoons Christmas Vacation while I decorate the tree. It is one of my favourite films and it gets me in the Christmas spirit. I will take some photos when it is up,I always do it on my own but Emily said she is putting the angel on top so I said she could . John got her a little pink tree for her desk with pink and purple baubles to match her room .

What sort of tree do you have ? 

X Dawn 

It’s November which means only one thing.


Christmas countdown, well  it is November…like it or not Christmas is just around the corner. I love all things Christmas and I am armed with my trusty Christmas planner which is full of lists , I love a list, my planner has the following lists, gifts,cards,menu for Christmas week,food and drink shopping,non food shopping,makes and bakes,ideas for my advent (it is a little one with drawers which I fill with to do’s) for example,have hot chocolate and watch a Christmas film or bake cookies,school events ,my Grandaughter  lives with me so I get involved with school stuff,events to attend for example Christmas fete’s,church service,Christmas film etc,decor ideas,also a page for online purchases I make and expected delivery dates.

My Christmas planner 

393761_2464811372159_187842097_n My advent that I use every year

I like to get all of my gifts and get them wrapped by the end of the month, I have a massive roll of brown paper and look online for wrapping ideas , I loved the look of last years  brown paper packages.I used little paper doilies,ribbon and stickers.


I am working through the gift buying and as usual am struggling with my parents, I always give them money and a gift because they have a lot of stuff and don’t really have many hobbies, they do like to take coach trip holidays as my Dad doesn’t drive anymore he likes to read. John and I are planning a shopping day in two weeks and aim to get all of he gifts that I still need then, I will shop for Johns when he is at work,again he is so hard to buy for but I have a few ideas.

I give John a list of things I would like and he chooses some from them and then he always gets me a surprise. I always ask for Yankee candles,perfume,a book,a nice notebook,fluffy socks,smellies,he knows the stuff I use and that’s it, I can never think of anything else to ask, he has good taste so he usually surprises me with something lovely.

My parents are coming for Christmas lunch,the turkey and beef are ordered and the rest of the shopping I will do online and then pop out for fresh items on the 23rd ,I stock up on baking items from now as I add a few to my weekly shop. I buy my cards in the sales after Christmas and I start to write them this week. I am on track and like to be organised so I can enjoy the run up to Christmas.

I would love to say we are on track with the house,we are in the middle of having a bathroom renovation and the bathroom walls are now down to the bare brick,not a place to enjoy a long soak in a bubble bath, I am in and out in a flash, I can’t wait to get it done,we have lots of projects on the go and I know we wont be getting them all done by Christmas but as long as the bathroom and stairs are done and we have new carpet on the stairs I will be pleased.

How are your plans coming along? x Dawn







Christmas Traditions


I love all things Christmas and have a few things we always do,it has changed since my boy’s grew up and left home as when they were here we always gave then new PJ’s on Christmas Eve ,write a letter to Santa and always went to visit Santa and other kids stuff. Here are our traditions for us,the empty nester’s with Grandchildren.

Our Family Christmas Traditions

We always have an advent full of treats and fun stuff to do (2 of us things to do,movies,shopping,etc,kids Christmas crafts,movies and popcorn,baking)

We always go to a Christmas fair

We always go to a Church Carol Service

We always go to see a Christmas Movie at the cinema

Mum (me) always watches National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation when she puts up the tree and the decorations and have done so for years

We always go late night shopping and have a Christmas hot chocolate at our favourite coffee shop

We always put out cookies and milk for Santa and a carrot for the Reindeer on Christmas Eve (my grown up Son’s think this is hilarious)

We always put out our stockings

We always make Gingerbread Men

We always give a gift(s) to those less fortunate and volunteer with fundraising events

What traditions do you follow? ours have changed a little since the boys left home,we do fun things with the Grandchildren and I incorporate these activities into my advent.

x Dawn


More Christmas prep


Hello welcome to my blog,Christmas is coming,so be ready!

Last time I talked about lists,my lists are done,gifts,cards,meals for over Christmas,shopping lists so now I am concentrating on gifts and advent.


I have all of my Grandchildren’s gifts and have crossed them off my list.

I have a small gift for my Son’s partners and have crossed them off my list,have yet to get the main gift for the girls.

I have My mum and Dads small gift that I wrap and give them money ( they are going away and they have everything so they can treat themselves when they are away)

I have half of my Niece and her partner’s and my  Nephew’s and his wife’s.

I have a couple for John

1 of my friends, I can get the other this weekend as it is a book that is being released this week.

I have quite a bit done so am pleased as I am on track to having it all done by the end of November.


I have decided to stick to the brown paper packages that I did last year, I have a huge roll of brown paper that John got from a shop that was closing down years ago,it was three times the size as it is now it has been used for so many things,I loved using it and decorating it and everyone said it was lovely,here is the link to the post


I have to get some sticky labels and ribbon this weekend.


I have a little elf called Jingles she visits the house and leaves little messages and gifts for the children she also brings the advent full of things to do. I have an advent that is made up of numbered drawers and inside maybe a treat or something to do on that day. When I know the kids are coming I make sure there is a treat for them or a something to do that is kid related,have a hot chocolate with marshmallows,or make a friend a Christmas card, I get ideas and start now writing little notes. here is a link to last years post about advent and a few of our traditions.


Here is Jingles our Elf,he leaves notes and little gifts from Santa and sometimes plays tricks on the children,they love jingles and know that Jingles reports back to Santa so they have to be very good. Jingles is a very old vintage elf but so cute,she is called Jingles because she has a bell on her hat.

Emily with Jingles the Elf and her letter from Santa

Emily with Jingles the Elf and her letter from Santa

I hope you are getting on ok with your prep.leave a link to your blog/blog posts about your Christmas in the comments and I can pop in and have a look.

Dawn x