I think a lot of our traditions stem from happy childhood memories, don’t they? I was very lucky, I had a wonderful childhood crammed full of magical Christmas moments. Now, I include so many of those early loved traditions with my own children.
On Christmas Eve we start the day off by baking sausage rolls and mince pies. That smell, both savoury and sweet, is unmistakably Christmas, isn’t it?
Munching on the finished goods, burning your tongue as you sneak a bite, too impatient to wait for them to cool down, is another! I’ll never learn…
There will be a couple of visits in the afternoon to family and friends. And with each visit, the children will get more and more excited. And I won’t lie, I’m not far behind them.
We try not to eat too much on Christmas Eve, as we know that the next couple of days are going to be rich food central!
Then when we get home, it’s time to sprinkle reindeer food on our lawn, so that Santa knows where to land his sleigh. The reindeer food has glitter in it, to help guide Rudolf. The children will also leave carrots on our door step, and a plate of sausage rolls, mince pies and cookies, with milk for Santa.
Is it Christmas Eve yet? I just cannot wait!
Happy Christmas everyone
An angel gets its wings…
Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.
As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.
Hence, Christmas is cancelled.
So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.
But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…
Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?