Thursday, December 12, 2013
Anyone who knows me will tell you I am Mrs Santa I love Christmas.
I enjoy making things for Christmas and all the baking, cooking, gift wrapping, watching Christmas films, carols and anything else that is Christmas based.
I also love Santa and yes I am 60 years of age and still a big kid when it comes to Christmas.
Probably because the Christmas I had as a child was so different, trust me a mother who is so drunk on Christmas Day that she was unable to eat the dinner is not much fun. Christmas Eve the tree and decorations went up admist arguments of where they were to go. I would get my brother out of the way and take him to his room and play carols and drown out the arguments. Christmas Day I would creep into his bedroom and watch him open his gifts that were in a pillow case at the end of his bed so as not to disturb Mum as she was sleeping off the booze. Dad would get breakfast and I would open my gifts after breakfast and keep my brother occupied.
My Ex Husband cancelled Christmas in 1980 and we never had it again.
Now I have a Husband who loves Christmas and over the years I have learnt what it is all about. I saw films for the first time like It's a Wonderul Life and A Christmas Carol and was hooked. Now I have loads of DVD's like Polar Express,
Santa Clause with Tim Allen 1, 2 and 3,
AChristmas Carol with Patrick Stewart,
and this one
A Box Of Delights
and loads of others and we watch them all every year. Then there are all the Christmas films on TV to watch as well so you could say we are hooked on Christmas. It is full of magic and love and I simply love every minute of it.
So the decorations are up and carols are being played.
Altar to Santa?
We have our own little tradition that we hold to each year the 21st December we give each other one small gift as it is the Winter Solstice and have a nice meal nothing big but a nice meal,then 25th we have the main gift and the dinner of course then on Boxing day I give DH an extra gift to beat the Boxing Day Blues. My Husband always feels a bit down on Boxing Day so I decided one year to give him a small gift to brighten his day and now it is something that we do each year and last year he gave me a Boxing day gift as well.
So we are all ready for Christmas and I hope that all of you are as well and wish you all a
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Yesterday (Saturday 30th November) we went on a coach trip to York Christmas Market
Stalls were decked out for Christmas but were practically impossible to to get to for the crowds
If you think this looks busy it is mild to what it was yesterday it was so packed you could hardly walk.
A Merry-Go Round was the centre attraction
We had lunch in a Pub as the caf√©s were packed I had a lovely Chicken Salad with a roll with Spring water and lemon and DH had Wholetail Scampi and fries with a glass of coke.
We tried again to get to the stalls but gave up and went around some of the shops and saw the lovely tree that was all lit up.
We wanted a nice hot cup of tea and after searching for caf√© that did not have a queue of people waiting to get in saw the Salvation Army building with a board outside saying Tea, Coffee and cakes being served. So we had a lovely cup of tea for 50 pence and a good warm up in a place that was not crowded, just what we needed.
This is the Salvation Army building in York.
After a much needed warm up and cuppa we headed back to the Market hoping that by now things had calmed down, wrong, it was worse than ever. We managed to get to one stall and was pushed and jostled along in the crowd until we decided to call it a day.
We went to the Cathedral, York Minster and decided to have a look around inside. We were greeted with a price list of entrance fees to look around the Minster,
so needless to say we did not do that and headed back outside.
As we had time to kill as we were to be at the coach for 5pm we headed for the St. Michael le Belfrey Church as they had refreshments and Carol singing so we went inside and had a cup of coffee. The refreshments were free all they asked for was small donation if you wanted to make one. We made a donation and sat down to enjoy our coffee and hear some Carols. The money was going to go to the elderly and low income families and give them a Christmas Dinner and a small gift. They had gits all stacked up ready to give to the elederly and children.
This is the St. Michael le Belfrey Church
Windows in the Church
The Church was built in 1525 and is beautiful, here is a bit about the history of the place
One last try at the stalls and we saw the crowds were still so large that people were now getting annoyed so we headed for coach. It was 4.30pm and thankfully the drivers were there so we sat in the coach and waited for the rest to arrive.
The drivers said they had never seen it so busy and apologised for the day being spoilt by the fact the you could get to the stalls.
It did not spoil the day as we got to see a lovely bit of history as the market was so crowded, I would probably not have gone into the St. Michael le Belfrey Church if the market was less active.
We had a lovely lunch out and eventually got a few bits and pieces from the shops that we cannot get here in Milton Keynes.
We got home at 9pm tired but happy.
Would I advice anyone to go to York Christmas Market? being honest No as it was so crowded it was not a pleasant experience.
Would I advice anyone to go to York? Yes as it is a lovely City but go when it is warmer and less crowded.
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