1 Dec 2016

Christmas greetings, my lovelies

Hello, my darlings! It's the first of December. I guess you knew I couldn't stay away for the whole of my favourite month, didn't you, and here I am inspired to write to you on the very first day. Wow! So how are you all? Well and happy? We are, and I do hope you are too. It's been so long since I've written that Blogsy didn't recognise me and I had to register all over again. Now I can't find the photos that I've only just taken of our Christmas decorations to show you, so I think I'd best write now and worry about that later in case the inspiration leaves me and the post won't get written at all.

Is your tree up? Ours is, even though it's only the first day of December today. A few years back we decided that putting up the tree on a weeknight was too stressful for words, so now we do it the weekend before. Much better. We trimmed our tree on Sunday night, with much laughter, glögg and shortbread, and The Snowman on the telly. It's gotta be The Snowman while you trim the tree.

Jemimah is at rehearsals for her dance concert at the moment. In December she's almost always at dance, but she loves it, and she has good friends there, so all's good. She's 15 in February - can you believe that? Do you remember how young she was when I first started writing here? Now she's almost as tall as me. I still have a few centimetres on her, but not for very much longer, I fear. She's a lovely young lady, and I enjoy her company very much. AO10 next year. How can that be when she was only in kindergarten last week?

We started our Christmas read alouds today. I posted them on Facebook for you to see. I love doing my picture book advent countdown over there each year. I have some lovely books lined up for this year, and even have a few blog posts planned to tell you about them, so we'll see how that goes. I especially want to share my very favourite super special books, so I'll try to get that post up at the very least. I haven't started my 'book for mum' yet.  I have my book club breakup next Tuesday, and I still need to read that book, so I'm trying to be good and sensible.  What are you reading this December?  Any ideas for me?  I've picked up Jeanette Winterson's new book, Christmas Days, and it looks beautiful, filled with stories and recipes - yes, recipes  - for mince pies and trifle and red cabbage and mulled wine and other perfect Christmas food. Did you know that Jeannette Winterson has a Christmas Eve ritual that includes champagne?  Champagne AND smoked salmon? She even gives her favourite French champagne choices. I just knew we were kindred spirits.  There are twelve stories here, so I was thinking of saving this for the 12 days of Christmas, but I'm not sure I can wait that long.  Besides, I might need to try that trifle.  And some champagne, of course.

We are almost halfway through our long summer holiday this week, and I don't feel organised about AO10 at all.  I need to order the books at least, so that they arrive before the start of term.  I've got lazy over the years.  Long gone are the days when I planned years in advance.  Poor child deserves better from her teacher than this.  It's amazing how it all seems to fit together, though, in the end.  I love the books she'll be reading next year.  I hope she does too.

Okay, I'm going to stop now so I can sort out how to upload these photos and resize them so they fit between the columns.  Hopefully I'll be back in a day or so with some booklists.  If not, feel free to give me a nudge.  It's been so nice chatting to you all.  Let's just imagine for a moment that I'm standing under the mistletoe in our hallway waiting to give you a kiss.

Milles Bisouxxx.



  1. Jeanne
    How lovely to hear from you :-)
    Love the dust jackets on the books in the second pic, certainly caught my attention. Such a lovely pile of books you have.
    Let's see I have some Christmas chapter books you may not have seen. Think you would particularly love Starlight in Touronne

  2. Hello Jeanne, what a wonderful blog post to come back into blog land. I love all the festive sights around your home. Our tree gets delivered on the 3rd, but we as a family have started our Jesse tree today with Ann Voskamp's book - 'Unwrapping the greatest gift'. Also this year I have ordered about a dozen christmas books I have had on my wish list for a couple of years, ones that you have shared, and I'm so excited, they will be coming in the mail any time.
    That mistletoe brings back lovely memories that we shared at your house and the moment your and Dave shared a kiss under the mistletoe...on the cheek of course (for those wondering) hehe

  3. Lovely to read another of your posts! Your christmas tree looks lovely. My little boys and i are enjoying our christmas reads. Tolkien's Letters from father Christmas are bringing much delight, especial from mr 3. Mr 7 os enjoying our christmas traveller book, and so am i. We have our advents mostly all organised and mr 7 has helped design and sew some of our decorations which is extra exciting. Looking foward to reading here again soon. Merry Christmas!

  4. So glad you are blogging again. I have been checking. Looking forward to your Christmas book posts.

  5. It's so good to hear from you. How can Jemimah really be that old? I saw a photo you posted sometime recently and noticed how she's grown.

    Please write more!

  6. Between you and Brandy I have been thoroughly encouraged to get into the spirit and do the decorating this weekend!

  7. What a lovely post, Jeanne. Nice to hear from you :)

  8. Hi Jeanne, it's so lovely to have your friendly voice chatting in blogland once again.

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