Given that it will be the 1st of December on Sunday, I'm surely allowed to mention the C word now? As I've been making Christmas items for weeks now, I feel that I'm already well-immersed in the festive spirit.
This is not a problem for me - I love this time of year. From the moment the leaves start to fall and the air begins to taste cold, I'm readying myself for sparkle. I always make myself wait until the 1st to decorate my trees (yes, plural!) and to start playing my many Christmas cds. This year, I will have a tiny tree in my workroom (bedroom) and I will as always be decorating hubby's workshop, too.
I have been trying to support handmade artists even more this year - as we all know, sadly not everyone appreciates a handmade gift, but for those who do, there is such a wealth of talent out there. I, like everyone else, was spoilt for choice! (Can't show any of them here, though - presents, and all that.) ;) I still have a few to buy, and then I can enjoy wrapping them on the floor of our living room, with a wee dram of something festive, while the tree sparkles in the corner and a Christmas film plays on the telly. (And I try to pretend my knees will in fact see 40 again, and aren't going to make me pay for hours of sitting on the floor.)
And we may even have snow this year - having struggled to work several years in a row, the glamour of snow has almost worn off for me; it is a nightmare for travelling, in this country, at least! But it is pretty - and it brings sparkle to dull days, which surely can't be a bad thing.
How many of you will be trimming your tree (not those of you who have real ones, of course - unless you want a pile of brown needles and a stick come Christmas Day)? Think of me if you are, unwrapping my precious tissue-wrapped glass baubles and having a little sniffle as it reminds me of loved ones long gone. I hope you are all able to enjoy the festive season this year. I'm sure this won't be the last time I mention it, but the countdown is starting - bring on the sparkle! :)