Can you believe it!!! There's only four more sleeps until Christmas :)
I can hardly believe how quickly this year has gone by. It feels like just a few weeks ago that we brought our little boy home from hospital, scared silly with the prospect of having to take care of this tiny little baby. In reality it has been nearly seven months already and he's really not that little any more. Having T around has made Christmas feel like a really big event this year and I am planning on making everything that extra bit more special. But before I start making things for us, I have to make things for others, after all, that is what Christmas is all about.
I love the idea of baking and making sweet things for friends instead of buying something and have done just that again this year. Once a week I meet with a lovely group of mums for lunch and a chat while our little ones entertain each other. Today was our last meeting for the year and I wanted to give them something small to say thank you for keeping me sane with some adult conversation and letting me know I'm not the only one struggling with sleepless nights. Little star shaped cookies, studded with bright red cranberries and spiced with cinnamon seemed to me like just the treat. Add to this little milk chocolate lollipops sprinkled with chopped nuts and a few more cranberries and you have Christmas ready to be wrapped up in a bow. Last minute shopping and family visits meant that a few mums missed out on their gifts, but luckily nothing was wasted :)
For the next few days I will rarely be leaving my kitchen, making more edible gifts, preparing a traditional Polish Wigilia dinner and of course roasting the bird, making the trimmings and lastly getting those Yorkshire puds into the oven.
I wish you all a wonderful and happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year!