The good bits...
Here are some of the bits from our Christmas that have made me feel happy:
This duck, above, which nestles annually in amongst the branches of my parents' Christmas tree
New things to wear which feel especially exciting and Christmassy: one pair of golden, cashmere Brora gloves that make me wish summer would never come; one tube of Beauty Flash Balm, something that I've wanted to sample for at least a decade; one grey snood, beautifully knitted for me by my husband's mother.
Rolling orangest clementines from their net and into a bowl next to these jolly roses that my sister bought for Mr Teacakes a few days ago.
- Eating liquid fudge from a spoon with my sister-in-law
- Finding, as we looked through a box of birth certificates dating back to the 1800s today, that my husband's great, great grandmother was called Minnie Rosetta. I'm not sure there could be a more perfect name. I wish that she was alive to know now.
- Stealing the children's new roller blades while they were watching a film with their grandfather and test-driving them with my sister (this is the joy of having very small feet and a house full of rapidly growing children).
- Drifting in and out of sleep while designing a dress in my head...I seemed to be dreaming the dress and then waking briefly to think through construction methods, before going back to sleep and dreaming more lovely dress details. Unfortunately the dress I dreamt of may be beyond my pattern-making capabilities.
I hope there have been lots of wonderful bits to your own Christmases.
Wishing you a happy few days before the new year,
Minnie-Rosetta's Great, Great Grandson's wife x