We all associate different sights, smells and activities with Christmas. Our exchange daughter, Riikka, is waiting for snow before she will believe it's really Christmas. Besides the spiritual associations, I think cooking definitely goes with Christmas, and here I am with some of my preserves, jams and pickles labelled ready for gifts for my friends to be given out today at the Hello Dollies Christmas lunch. Although my preparations were a little late starting, today I am beginning to feel a bit organised, with only as couple of things to do before Christmas day. After the Simmons family party tomorrow (30 people for lunch at our place), it 'll be time to relax.
It's been a busy week. My card making class had a Christmas morning tea on Thursday. Even with all the festive food, we were still able to make some lovely cards and enjoy the camaraderie of the morning. I had also made some little tree decorations for the ladies who sit at the same table as I do each week, so obviously we have become friends. These are basil card tags, covered with decorative papers, and embellished with polymer clay 3D Christmas symbols. (mostly poinsettias). On the back, I chose a fairly plain decorative paper, so I could write a message. These decorations were instead of cards - I was quite happy with the result.
Today was the Hello Dollies Christmas party and the annual Christmas sale at Anne's Glory Box. Quilts, dolls, teddy bears and all sorts of treasures at absolute bargain prices - no one could resist. Like everyone else, I left with a bag full of stuff I absolutely need! I think I was quite restrained with only one bag. It was wonderful to have the Sydney dollies join us in Newcastle for the day, and we revisited the Adage challenge, with those dolls on display again today. The food was special and really delicious, and we all had a great time discussing doll projects past, present and future, making the little beaded stars and swapping gifts on a star theme. What a happy time we had - it must be Christmas!