I’ve been struggling to get into the festive spirit this year. Work’s been really busy, and I’ve been putting in extra hours including on my non-working days in order to keep up with everything. As such I haven’t had much energy left for all the extra preparations required for Christmas. I can barely keep the household ticking over at the moment, to be honest!
Last weekend however I finally got myself organised enough to grab the tree and the Christmas decorations out of the loft, and the geekdaughter and I set about making the house look a lot more festive, while the geekson followed us around attempting to undo everything we did!
To be honest I was impressed with how helpful the geekdaughter was – she threw herself into all the decorating activity, particularly the tree. She really has reached the age where she completely “gets” Christmas and it’s all totally magical to her. She’d been nagging me for at least the week before that we should get our decorations up! It helped a lot that Asda sent us some new decorations to put on our tree, as I spent most of the time threading cotton onto the baubles whilst the geekdaughter arranged them on the tree. I did have to do a little “rebalancing” afterwards, but on the whole I think she did a great job!
Just the simple act of decorating the tree makes me feel a lot more ready for Christmas. I still need to put our cards up, and there’s still some presents that need wrapping, but on the whole there’s not an unmanageable quantity of stuff left to do now. Thank goodness.
I have failed a bit on the “sweet stuff” this year though. I’ve not been able to find any chocolate oranges anywhere, and we haven’t got our traditional huge tin of Roses (keep your mitts off my caramel barrels, ok?!). Again Asda came to my rescue by sending us one of their 3D Santa cakes to try. He arrived in the same box as all the decorations, and the postal system had not been kind to him, so the first thing we had to do was take him out of bis box, sit him up straight, and put his legs back on!! You can see him in the picture at the top of this post.
He’s a very jolly looking fellow, but we came up against a bit of a problem when we came to cut him – he was so tall that we didn’t think it was a good idea to just slice him “as is”. So we did what seemed like the only obvious thing, and gently separated his head from his body with a knife. If you or your children are of a nervous disposition you should probably look away now…
I mentioned this on Twitter, and got a response that I’d have to be careful not to traumatise my children too much with this decapitated Santa. I think it says a lot about the geekdaughter that she was not traumatised AT ALL – in fact she wanted to help!
Once we’d reduced Santa to a more manageable stature it was time to dig in. We ate our way through the head first, which was plain sponge with quite a thick layer of icing. The icing had a pleasing red berry taste, and neither the cake nor the icing were too sickly sweet. When we got around to Santa’s body we discovered he had multiple layers of sponge separated by buttercream icing, which was even nicer! Once we’d started on that it was hard to stop and it all disappeared rather quickly I must confes