To be sure, it’s a very small Christmas here in Bootville this year.
Our lovely big tree and the decorations we have been making and collecting for 23 years are at the farm. So’s the nativity set and the Christmas candles. As are the Christmas quilts, pillowcases, bunting, banners, gift bags, table linen …
All that’s left here is the funny little tree I picked up from hard rubbish a couple of years back. Noah and I spruced her up with slices of oven dried oranges and salt dough cookies (which I’ve caught the naughty dog licking). And in a moment of weakness, I even called into HoneyBees and bought a sweet wooden angel to hang.
We’ve prettied up the mantlepiece with fairy lights and angels and some dear little wooden friends – St. Nicholas herding a few cows, a cheerful shepherd watching the singing angels with his sheep, and Good King Wencelas and his stoic little page.
Presents are gathering under the tree – we’ve no time or room for making lovely wrappings so it’s scraps of packing paper and wool (unless there’s shop wrapping to take advantage of!).
And now, just before I head off to night duty, Julian and I have brined the turkey (we use Nigella’s fabulous medieval brining found in her Feast cookbook – one of my favourites that’s also at the farm – or here!) and since we can’t find the lidded bucket we’ve brining the turkey in for 9 years, we’re using the old nappy bucket – well washed I promise.
Yes, we are swamped with boxes and tumbling over piles of things that were about to be put in boxes and then got left out til next time. And mess. There’s so much mess.
Never mind. I think there may be a bit of stocking-sewing action tomorrow, there’ll be a bit of Christingle action on Christmas Eve (if you’d like to make some, there’s a sweet little history and description of them here), there’ll definitely be Midnight Mass and probably Christmas morning mass too (I get so carried away with the carols!), and at any moment, my Mum will be here.
Yes, it will be a much smaller Christmas than that which we’ve become used to – but one with plenty of good cheer and love.