Putting away the Christmas decorations

So yesterday, we started putting away the Christmas decorations.  The greenery I’d decorated the house with went in my compost bin and we took the decorations and lights off the Christmas tree.

Christmas tree decorations
Christmas tree decorations

My son said “Poor Christmas tree; it will be lonely” so I told him that the Christmas tree was happy because it had fulfilled its Christmas destiny (which I think I pinched off Friends but it did the job).  I hope he doesn’t find it too upsetting when we cut the tree up later on today.

I must take down the cards.

Our tree is now up

So, our tree is now up.  It’s a bit of a big beast but my husband and kids seem to have got it up okay.

Our tree so far
Our tree so far

Separately, we have lost (LOST!!!) three crucial presents.  They are the ones that I cleverly ordered at the end of November, wrapped and sent down to the IoW with my husband in early December (so we wouldn’t have to bring everything down at once).  Now, we can’t bloody find them.  We’ve looked and looked.  So I’ve ordered them again (and one comes from an Amazon approved seller so God knows whether it will arrive for Christmas).  It does rather stick in the throat though, particularly as the ones I’d already bought will almost certainly turn up at a completely useless time.

Sorry, I just wanted a moan.

Woohoo! Everyone’s getting ready for Christmas!

One thing I do like about Covent Garden is just how Christmassy it gets.  The Christmas light switch on is today AND they are having a mulled wine festival this weekend.  I love mulled wine.

The decorations are up
The decorations are up
So is the giant Christmas tree
So is the giant Christmas tree
Covent Garden
Covent Garden
This is a great spot for drinking mulled wine
This is a great spot for drinking mulled wine

I had some good news yesterday – Truprint emailed me back to say that, as a goodwill gesture, they will refund my credit card to reflect the discount they offered a few days after I put my order in.  I’m really glad I got in touch with them about that.  Although our Christmas cards have now arrived, it is still MUCH too early to start writing them – I usually do this in the last days of November as cards really shouldn’t arrive before children start opening the windows in their advent calendars.