Do you hear what I hear? Yes, the sound of rustling wrapping paper, carols being belted out on the radio, recipes being shared & lots of laughter! I LOVE Christmas! Really I do. I don’t make a big deal about most of the holidays but I LOVE Christmas.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. See what I mean it’s impossible to say anything without it forming the lyrics of a good old Christmas tune, don’t get me started about the Christmas movies… These are my magnificent seven highlights that I love about this cosy season.
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE … probably my favourite film, although I do have a soft spot for The Polar Express
- VISITING THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS … There are lots around the Peak District and although many seem to sell the same things it always possible to pick up some fab unusual gifts and goodies.
- PUTTING UP THE TREES AND DECKING THE HALLS … with four cottages and the house to decorate there’s plenty of opportunity to practice. The biggest challenge these days is the now huge Cedar tree in the front garden … double ladders extended to the max! The Elves & Safety inspector will require a risk assessment for that job.
- THE CHRISTMAS TREE IN WINSTER … the switch on of the Christmas lights in our village is such a lovely tradition, most of the village turns out for mulled wine and carols it’s a great, friendly, happy night which just has to end in the Old Bowling Green pub.
- PREPARING THE FOOD AND DRINK … Starts early at Blakelow. It begins with the making of the ‘fortified spirits’ using our own grown fruits (so technically they are part of our ‘five a day’) and include damson gin, raspberry vodka and blackberry whiskey … hic! Then it’s the mincemeat for the welcome mince pies, Christmas Cake and mulled wine.
- A BIT OF CAROLLING … there’s lots of opportunities to join in some community carol singing, from local church services to organised concerts like the ones in the underground caverns at Castleton and events in Bakewell and Matlock.
- THE TRADITIONAL BOXING DAY WALK … with so many walks from the door to choose from the big decision is usually the menu for the ‘halfway picnic’. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, it’s the fresh air, beautiful scenery and of course the company preferably with a glass of something warming!
So if you’re getting your Christmas cheer going? Enjoy this beautiful time of year. May all your lights sparkle and glow when you plug them in! happy decorating… and a very Merry Christmas to you all … x