It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

I am so excited the festive season is upon us. I love catching up with family and friends, finding the perfect gift for loved ones, baking and indulging in sweet, once a year treats.

I am not so keen on how busy the shops become, or attending very noisy and crowded functions but that is a small price to pay for festive cheer.

This will be the second christmas Wiley and I have shared together. Much the same as last year I have gone a little overboard and there are quite a few gifts under the tree with his name on them. I stuck to a range of soft toys as he has plenty of food dispensing toys and nylabones. He doesn’t go through those types of toys as frequently as he does his soft ones. My favourite gifts for him are a massive rabbit and Tuffy elephant, I can’t wait for him to have a chance to play with them.

I also had lots of fun buying toys and treats for all my families and friends dogs. Not sure why I get such a huge buzz out of buying presents for dogs.

Christmas shopping for the special people in my life is also under control. I have everything organised so Wiley and I can completely avoid the shops for the last week or so before Christmas. In addition to having my presents sorted (and mostly wrapped) I have all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry for my christmas baking.

I have plans to bake some gifts, as well as making treats to take to parties. On my list are shortbread, gingerbread houses, caramel popcorn, chocolate truffles, snowmen cakeletts, fudge and peanut brittle. I have only practiced a couple of the recipes so have to keep my fingers crossed there are no all out disasters.

One of my favourite seasonal activities is decorating my small unit. I think the place feels more Christmassy when they are up even if I can’t see them. I particularly like hanging a stocking for both Wiley and myself as well as filling my wooden advent calendar with doggy treats. Wiley obviously remembered the advent calendar from last year as he is already sitting patiently in front of it waiting for each door to be opened. I had to tell him his much loved daily ritual doesn’t actually start until tomorrow.

My stereo system is currently playing a mixed selection of carols and Christmas songs – nothing gets me in the festive spirit as quickly as singing along to Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. Now with the music playing in the background I am off to wrap a couple more presents before trying my hand at making fudge 🙂

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