Friday, December 23, 2011

Operation Christmas Spirit

Operation Christmas spirit: this is my last ditch attempt to feel festive, after feeling decidedly meh! after the pottery Christmas party yesterday.

So up with kiddies at 8.30, despite a lousy night, despite it being my writing day. And straight into the kitchen. I unleashed my inner domestic goddess, who has been away these past weeks, perhaps even months, whilst creative rainbow mama has been here writing books. And so in two hours we made:

  • clementine jelly
  • cranberry sauce
  • cranberry, pecan, dark choc and orange cookies
  • gingerbread cookies
  • mulled apple juice

The house smelt of Christmas. And then breakfast of cookies and mulled juice tasted like Christmas. So I think we can say mission accomplished! Might even head off to see the big red man at the local safari park this afternoon!

After sharing last year's Santa post on my Facebook page (if you're not a friend, make that your Xmas pressie to me...) a good friend emailed me this...


According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December.

Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.

We should've known... ONLY women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit allaround the world in one night and not get lost.  A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!   

Oh it made me chuckle - thank you Leigh . As did the comment that another reader left at the bottom of my Santa post about collecting kangaroo poo from the Australian bush to act as reindeer poo! Hahaha!

So all it leaves me to say is have a very Merry Christmas, dearest readers. We are set to hit 50,000 page views before Christmas day which is very exciting. Thank you for coming back again and again and sharing the journey. It is all the more rich with you here.

I would love a festive hello from all my readers below. If you've never said hi, take a deep breath and de-lurk yourself (thank you SO much Lucy for your lovely de-lurking email this morning- it made me smile!).

Tell me what you REALLY want this Christmas.

Me? I REALLY want to hold my own book in my hands, and have a "placing it on my own bookshelf ceremony" - which is why I have been working SO hard on it!

That and a night's sleep. But I've been asking for that for 7 years!

Merry Christmas one and all, and to all a good night ('s sleep!)


  1. Merry Christmas Lucy to you and your family! Cant wait to read the book! xx Rob

  2. Blessings to you and yours xxx

  3. Blessings to you and yours xxx

  4. Hoorah! I knew you'd find it - a bit of Christmas spirit that is! Hope it hangs around for a few more days and makes this Christmas one to remember for all the right reasons, unlike last year! I've been getting all Nigella on it over here too. Chocolate seems to be a big influence this year! I'm wishing you get that good nights sleep too and that you can come and share some chocolately goodness with us soon.

  5. I am a new follower and I just want to say I truly enjoy your posts and the simplicity, many topics which hit home for me... Merry Christmas to you and your family and many blessings in 2012! ♥ This year my darling 3 year old and precious 2 month old and my lovely husband are all I need and could ever want!

  6. hello, cranberry, pecan and dark chocolate mmmmmm! yummy, wishing you a wonderful time dearest lucy and really looking forward to seeing over the holidays x x

  7. Thank you Rob, Mrs T (As in Robyn and Caragh?)Leigh, as in Leigh. Sarah you're v welcome here!

  8. Hopefully there'll be some left to share with you Laura - have eaten 4 so far today, and there's some packaged up for our lovely postman.

  9. What I want? Some peace and quiet... O no, a very merry gathering with all the kids and their noise. We have a 1 month old staying, and an additional two year old, so noise guaranteed. But we'll have fun.
    I wish you a very happy Christmas, hang on to the mood!!

  10. de-lurking for a festive 'halloooo'....

    i think i wandered in via Lis at Dandelion Seeds and Dreams because of your podcast on being a creative rainbow mama for Goddess Leonie's summit {very roundabout journey i had!} --- needless to say, it resonated deeply....very deeply. ;)

    festive blessings to you and your lovely family....


  11. Hello! Thought I would de-lurk too! I am a long time Juno reader but found your blog via my friend Paula. :) Love your audio for WBS. I am in Goddess Circle too! I'm mum to two little ones and live near Petsrborough. Glad to hear you feel more festive. As I write this my hubby is downstairs painting the Walls before my family visit tomorrow! Chaos here. But feeling very happy and content. My wish for christmas would be more sleep too! So on that note I'll go to bed. Merry Christmas! Laura x

  12. Hello Mel and Laura, delighted to meet you - delighted that I have another JUNO reader here, and chuffed to have a fan of my WBS broadcast.
    Thank you for delurking yourselves - I look forward to interacting more with you both here.

    Happy Xmas one and all



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