I'm at work in Siberian weather loaing like hell until midnight, but yesterday and this morning I prepared a lot of things and put ourselves in the Christmas mood!
With a martini and some Sinatra we decorated our small Christmas tree last night.
It's actually the first Christmas tree I've had since I moved away from home a decade ago!
I usually pack a lot of my gifts in old newspapers - saving money, saving nature. Normally I go for the daily papers I've read at home, but this time I picked up some free chinese magazines in my local supermarket (apparently Tapiola is full of Chinese readers?). I make the cards out of lace-like cake paper or left over gift paper from last year.
If you have no idea of what gifts to give, a pretty bowl (from the flea market/super market/fancy store, however you like it) filled with fresh fruit would at least be appreciated by me.
I baked heaps of gingerbreads! Spelt gingerbreads with a hint of orange and another set with almonds.
Eddi wasn't totally happy with being dressed in my apron, having to mix the other dough. But he did enjoy eating it later on.
Saved some for ourselves, while the rest is meant to be decorated and given away.
The decorated ones turned out surprisingly ugly though. For a while I considered saying it was Eddi's kids who baked them. Disappointment. But well, I'm good at a lot of other things! And they do taste good.
I also gave myself a little Christmas present!I had already give up on receiving these before the holidays, but then the delivery boy arrived only minutes before I was on my way to work. Ave Maria was playing in hte background when I opened the parcel. It was a very beautiful moment.
And very beautiful shoes!It is however minus 20 C outside so I won't be wearing these beauties for some time. Well, except for indoors.
How are your Holiday preparations coming along?
Ok, Edit : it's almost minus thirty, not 'just' twenty.