Whilst it’s been a very trying and rather stressful time for me and my family, I want to keep positive, get into a little bit of Christmas spirit and make this a fun post. Are you all set for Christmas? I can almost hear the collective shouts of “no!” from here. Me neither! Well… I’m mostly there…. Just a few food-related items to buy now including collecting the turkey from our wonderful local butcher. It’ll be a fairly quiet affair at chez Dream.Cut.Sew, but still full of the usual festive goodies. Most of our pressie buying was done online fairly early on as I didn’t get much time for bricks and mortar shopping and anyway, I think it’s so easy to shop around and find great bargains online. I did get out to a couple of local garden centres lately and I love them at this time of year. Always guaranteed to get the festive mood going. They have fab displays of trees and decorations and sell lovely unusual food-related gifts too. I love to spend a morning browsing and stopping for a hot drink and a mince pie.
Moving off the subject of food though (difficult at Christmas I know)… I thought that I’d share with you, a couple of festive outfits that I’ll wear over Christmas. The first one is my red velvet dress styled for daytime, you may have seen it on the blog last week styled for the evening (here) and the second Christmassy outfit includes one of my plaid skirts…the other is here. I adore wearing plaid/tartan in the Winter.
To wear my red dress for daytime I’ve added warm tights, knee-high boots and a cosy scarf. When I go visiting I’ll top it off with my memade cognac coloured padded coat.
The fabric for my plaid skirt was bought on a trip to London about 3 years ago and it was from one of the wonderful Goldhawk Road fabric shops. I love the red, black ivory grey colourway. The chunky sweater is one that my mum knitted for me on her machine and I trimmed it myself with narrow knitted tubes for a mock cabled effect. The pure wool yarn is by Rowan Yarns and is very cosy and warm to wear. Thick tights, black boots and a cream RTW parker will finish it all off.
Now, I thought it might be fun if I rounded off this post by sharing a few fun and little known, festive facts about me….so here goes…
- My top two favourite Christmas pop songs are Last Christmas by Wham and Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea
- My two favourite festive films are Polar Express and Scrooge (the one with Alistair Sim)
- I still believe in Santa 😉
- My favourite hymn is Silent Night
- When I was a kid I loved to watch the Top of The Pops Christmas Special every year on Christmas Day.
- My favourite comedy film is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
- I like sprouts! No…really….I do!
- A recipe for stuffing that I serve with the turkey each year was passed to my mum from her dad and is one that I make every year with my mum. It’s a Thyme and Parsley stuffing and has no sausage meat in it. The smell is divine when it’s being cooked. So Christmassy 🙂
- My favourite cartoon is Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, I love the Aled Jones soundtrack too.
- My hubby and I love traditional Christmas pudding(plum pudding) so much so, that each year we buy loads of them and carry on eating them regularly after Christmas until they run out. Oh, and no brandy sauce with it for me…it HAS to be good old British ‘Birds Custard’ (and thick too!)
How about you join me and tell me a couple of fun Christmas facts about yourself in the comments? I’d love to hear them!
Well, It just remains for me to wish you a wonderful Christmas (only 5 more sleeps!) and a peaceful New Year. I’ll be back just around New year with a little bit of a blog roundup and a look forward to 2018. See you then…
Ps…guess how many times the word Christmas or Christmassy appeared in this post (including this sentence)?