Do feel free to pop round for a cuppa with that cake - do you prefer tea of coffee (*instant only I'm afraid*). We might even be able to stretch to a mocha or a hot chocolate.
There is definitely squirty cream but I'm not sure if we will have any marshmallows left. We seem to have a little elf (or perhaps 3 teenage children!) that eats them when know one is looking.
Most of the food shopping is done. We went on Tuesday as apparently the 23rd is the busiest day for supermarkets. We may pop out today for a last few 'fresh' items.
We aren't having a traditional Christmas dinner tomorrow. That is being saved for the 27th when my Sister and Brother-in-Law, as well as my motley lot, will be at my Mum and Dads.
For quite a few years now we've spend alternate Christmas' at home or at my parents. When we are at my Mum's she insists on the whole works for Christmas dinner - 8 veg, lots of sauces, stuffing, sausages in bacon, Yorkshire puds etc, etc. We shall be having a buffet lunch instead.
(It was that or buy everything 'ready done'.)
I remember when the children were very little that it seemed daft to spend most of the day in the kitchen and miss out on them opening their presents etc. I would have been happy with beans on toast and more time spent together .....
.... so this is a sort of compromise.
Now that the children are all teenagers I suspect we may be entering a 'new phase' for Christmas.
I (*just about*) remember the 'time before children'. Christmas is very different when you are all adults - I remember it being a lot less stressful!
And certainly no-one announces on Christmas eve ...
*as the teenage girl did, never having mentioned it before*
... that Santa is definitely going to bring a Playmobil Hospital for her!
As usual (despite promises made to myself, again!) I still haven't wrapped a thing. Hopefully I won't be up past midnight doing it, which I have been in the past.
I'm also hoping the teenagers won't need to be told to stay in bed until at least 7am.
About 6 or 7 years ago we seemed to have reached a stage where we didn't need to remind them about what was an acceptable time to get up. We had a year or two of even having to wait for them!
The following year they took us completely by surprise and were all wide awake at 4.30am - which coincided with the year I was wrapping until 1am. Santa nearly took all their presents away again that year!
Do you now I had forgotten that until just now - and I bet I haven't scrapped that story either.
In fact Christmas seems to be the thing I am worst at getting scrapped. I think it is because by the time the photos are printed it is dreary February and I want to look ahead not back.
So there is nothing else left to do but say MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very Happy and Peaceful New Year,