I am really excited about this venture, although I never expected that so many bloggers would want to join in. As there are so many of us we are going to do posts each week in December and then we might change the format in January. So if you would like to join in, please drop me an e-mail and I will get back to you.
Welcome also to new visitors and readers and commenters, you are all so very welcome and it is lovely to hear from you and to know that you are there. Thank you for stopping by!
Thank you for all of your lovely comments in the last week, especially those on my Christmas Tale. It has been wonderful to hear from so many of you. I am sorry that I am rather behind in replying to e-mails and comments and reading and commenting on your blogs. I am, as we all are at this time of year, rather occupied with Christmas preparations and other things going on. I am here though, I read and love and appreciate your comments and I am getting through the e-mails and am visiting your blogs as much as I can, so please bear with me.
I wanted to start off by saying that I have collected all of my Christmassy things, books, decorations, music, DVD's and so on over many years and actually decades. I keep pretty much everything from one year to the next. It has been said in the past by some people - in real life, never in blogland! - that I have too much Christmas "stuff" and I admit, I have a lot, but it has been acquired at the rate of just a few things a year. This year I have added one CD, the Christmas decorations that I showed you last week and some new twigs to go by the front door. Not a lot really!
Oh, and I did buy some chocolate - just for blogging research you understand...
So, on with the post! Today is actually a few more than five things! Ooops, cheating a bit there. You will see why though as I go on.
Christmas films are one of my favourite things. I have been watching the Christmas films that I have recorded from afternoon TV and mostly enjoying them. Some of them are so daft that I have skipped through them, but they are nice in the background when I am reading blogs or crafting. For more serious Christmas film watching though I turn to my Christmas DVD collection.
Here are some favourites.
Christmas with the Kranks. A classic in my opinion that is underestimated and not shown nearly enough on TV. If you remember Tim Allen from years ago on Home Improvement you will love this film. If you like a good, fun, pleasant Christmas film you will love this. It has a lot of laughs and is great fun.
Otherwise, I turn to Home Alone, and the sequel. I also absolutely adore Miracle on 34th Street, the original version and the updated one with Richard Attenborough. I will definitely make time to watch all of these over Christmas.
I also love Christmas books. I don't have many, although I tend to pick up a few Christmas novels and read those at this time of year too. I have various books that I like to flick through each year. 'Twas the night before Christmas is a favourite, as is this anthology called Fill My Stocking by Alan Titchmarsh. They are both good clean fun.
My favourite though is this little book called American Country Christmas with pictures and poems. It was bought back from America for me I am guessing 25 years ago as a gift - I looked and it was published in 1989! It is, to me, what the quintessential Christmas really is in decorating terms. I have never decorated like this, but I would if I had the right house!
This page below is my favourite of all, I love these arrangements. I don't know if anyone still does them, but I would if I knew how and had the space - and the fruit!! Do you notice the pineapples? Long time readers will know about me and pineapples!!
Christmas music - are you sensing a theme here! - is another seasonal favourite for me. Mostly played in the car, at loud volume and sung along to very loudly. I prefer carols really. As you can see I have several CD's of carols! My new favourite for this year is the Downton Abbey Christmas CD. It has some wonderful pieces and a really lovely reading of 'Twas the night before Christmas by Carson the Butler.
So, what else do I need for a good Christmas. Chocolate. Yes, I am afraid that I must have chocolate. These truffley balls and a chocolate orange do it for me! Oh, and some chocolate coins and a few tree decorations too! (I am of course pretending that these were bought solely so that I could photograph them to show you! I mean, why on earth would I have two packets of chocolate balls otherwise!!)
Finally of course there must be decorations. I am keeping these for another post next week, but I do have a sneaky peek for you now of the mantel. It needs more work, I am not happy with it yet, but that will come!!
What things do you enjoy at Christmas?
I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things. Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.
|Helen from Woollybluebells|
|Gina from Fan My Flame|
|Joanne from A Whole Plot of Love|
|Debbie from Saylor Street Cottage|
|Rosie from Corners Of My Mind|
Yes, I do have a chronic need to explain myself and apologise for being on the planet. I am working on it and believe it or not I am getting better!! Sorry!