This is a brief little loves for December as I’ve written a post on Christmas so may repeat myself in my magical moments from this time of year, No matter how I plan, December is always a busy, busy month and there have been so many special moments this month.
I like to add the sparkles to Christmas, I don’t do big and extravagant but thoughtful little things which I hope my loved ones will appreciate. One of my special things this month was that our son got a Lego train for Christmas (AMAZING) We knew he would be very impatient to play with it on Christmas day, so Mr S made it in advance and before packing it I took a photo of Tommy our elf with the completed train. I added the photo and an elf message that Tommy had made it with Santa into the parcel. Just a little thing to keep the magic.
I finally finished Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things this month. I’m not sure how to describe my feelings about the book, I liked it and was willing for a fair ending which I wasn’t sure was possible. Its a book which leaves more questions than answers about our multicultural society.
To counter the seriousness and angst of Picoult’s book, I also read Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews. It was a sentimental, predictable and Christmassy story and just what I needed this month. Another seasonal title but a much, much better book was One Day in December, a fantastic read in which I just couldn’t work out the happy ending for the four main characters. There’s real depth and quality in this book, well worth a read but have your tissues ready.
This month was full of Christmas concerts and there is nothing more magical than a Christmas concert with children singing traditional and contemporary carols. I enjoyed every minute.
I also took the children to see the Snowman accompanied by an orchestra playing the soundtrack live. It was stunning and awe inspiring. I love the film but the live music was just extraordinary, it really had all the festive feels.
I love cooking and Christmas dinner is my favourite meal to cook. I prepare lots in advance so I can enjoy the day more. However being in the kitchen with Classic Radio playing with all the festive songs, cooking for my family is one of my happy times. Our main this year was a vegetarian butternut squash, beetroot and goat cheese wreath, it was delicious and I loved the colours (its a WW recipe)
We also made our traditional ginger bread decorations just before Christmas, the sensory delights are perfect in the run up to Christmas.
With all the festive events I was often in a Christmas jumper this month. I’m building up my collection over the years, and this year’s new addition was pretty cute. I still can’t persuade Mr S to wear one though!
A lot of Christmas songs ….
The best thing I heard on Christmas day was Little Man asking us ‘Is this a dream?’ because he was so happy. The cause of his happiness was the present of his Lego train which he has been obsessed with for the past two years ( we thought he was too young last Christmas) It was a moment of pure joy.
I believe that this is Morgana’s @coffeeworksleep last Little Loves linky so a huge thank you to her for being the driving force and inspiration behind the linky and introducing us all to so many new bloggers and recommendations. I understand that @mummyheartsyou is our new host, so thank you and here’s to many more interesting and fun posts.