Santa’s little helpers

Today is the first of three days of the Christmas preparations Chez Stitches.

This morning I did the penultimate pressie shop (we have a few more children’s gifts to buy this evening).

I also shampooed the hall and stairs carpets, and the entrance mat and sitting room rug.

My kitchen looks like this:

I’m baking 3 different sorts of cookies today.  Tray after tray of vanilla or ginger scented goodies.  The house smells amazing.

Tomorrow I shall make chicken liver pate, gravy, and cheesecake.

I’ll be entertaining a couple of friends for tea and biscuits.

And I’ll get a couple of hours in the evening to sneak off to the cinema with Mr Stitches and relax a bit.

I love this time of year.  Preparing the food and the house for the Christmas day celebrations with my family.

But I’m so very lucky as I have a great deal of help.

So this is a shout out to Santa’s Little Helpers, without whom this would be a nightmare of epic proportions rather than the joyous time of preparation that I enjoy.

Firstly to The Husband, who every Christmas runs around and braves psychotic old ladies (today they were actually coming to blows over a packet of cranberries) and does the food and drink shopping.

Thanks, baby.  Not only am I grateful that you free up the time for me to do other stuff, but also that you save me from being in a situation that might result in me spending Christmas in the cells for coshing a little old lady over the head with a bag of cranberries, or worse.

He’s also entertaining the babies whilst I scrub the house on Christmas Eve. He’s just fabulous.

Also thanks to Ma and Ma SIL, who have my two little cherubs today and tomorrow.  If they didn’t, I wouldn’t be calling the munchkins “cherubs”. They’d be something far less complementary, probably including several unprintable expletives.  And not only are the Ma’s entertaining the babes (obviously with Pa SIL chasing them up and down the house like loons) but Ma is taking both of them for haircuts…thus saving me even more time to cook!!!!

You guys are the best.  I really couldn’t do it without you.  And I’m very grateful and very blessed.


4 Responses to Santa’s little helpers

  1. Ah, what a lovely post! It´s wonderful to have a loving family around us to make what could be a nightmare into something more mamageable. Preparations and cooking started in earnest today here too. I have a top I have so nearly finished that I want to wear over Christmas….need to find a quiet hour for that..

  2. Brigitte says:

    Gold stars for all Santa’s little helpers! My preperations start in earnest tomorrow. To do lists have been written for each of my reluctant little helpers and I’m making a stollen and scrubbing carpets.The house has to sparkle Christmas morning, and I don’t by the Christmas lights twinkling. I don’t know why I bother, by lunchtime the kitchen will look as though it’s been hit by a hurricane and Santa’s little helpers will have scarpered or be snoring loudly on the sofa!
    Wishing you and your lovely family the very best of Christmas’s and a wonderful new year. Looking forward to reading more of your fab blog.They always bring a smile to my face. xxx

  3. PendleStitches says:

    Hope you’re enjoying the calm before the storm. All is done here and all is quiet.

    Thank you for your kind comments this year. Have a lovely Christmas and a fabulous new year…you have so much to look forward too. xxx

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