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3rd December 2018

Decorating For Christmas 2018

We always decorate for Christmas on the first Saturday of the month. We were all delighted when we saw that the first Saturday fell on the first day of the month 🙂

KayCee did the lights on the tree this year. It’s usually my job and I don’t like it so I was happy for her to take control!

Ella helped with the fireplace this year which is usually my job. She wants this to be her job because KayCee always puts up and fills the treat trolley.
We did it together and I think it looks lovely.

Decorating For Christmas

Book advent, Chocolate advent, picture advent, DVD advent

Christmas tree lit up at night

Fireplace lit up at night

Christmas mugs

Glitter train and light up book ornaments

A snowball drink

Christmas treat trolley

Christmas treat trolley

Christmas village and Christmas ornaments

Hearth decorated for Christmas Ella putting the angel on the tree

Aiden, KayCee and Ella decorating the tree

KayCee and Ella decorating the tree

KayCee putting the lights on the tree

North Pole Breakfast

Christmas Tree

2017 Christmas Decorations

2016 Christmas Decrations

Great Christmas Getaways for Families

The holiday season is the perfect time to take a family vacation. Aside from breaking from long-held traditions in the household which can be stressful — such as escaping from that exhausting extended family Christmas meal — it allows you to form new and special memories of a very special Christmas surrounded by the ones you love: your family. Whether you’re looking to recreate the holiday magic of a picture postcard with snow-topped trees and icy vistas, or you’re looking for a more fun getaway with family-friendly shows, markets and glistening city lights, we’ve got something for everybody in this list of great family Christmas getaways. Who knows, maybe a family vacation will become your next family tradition.


  1. Holiday Sparkle in the Big City

Whether you’re staying in the UK or heading farther abroad, the big city lights bring with them a host of magical Christmas memories. From breath-taking Christmas decorations and shopping trips, through markets and musicals, cities keep you connected on Christmas with a multitude of fun activities and new culinary traditions (think a Chinese buffet for your Christmas meal). A great way to explore a new city and its surrounds is with a car. The Intelligent Leasing Blog has covered how to plan the perfect road trip before, check it out for advice and tips.

Christmas in the city

  1. Very Merry Time Cruises on a Disney Cruise Line

Very Merry Time Disney cruises are available in a host of cruise routes, offering great all-inclusive family vacations which transport you, literally, to another part of the world with the comfort of a well-organised family-oriented Christmas. Departing from US destinations through the Caribbean and South America, ships are kitted out with Christmas trees, decorations and entertainment, forming magical memories for young ones and winter sun for parents.


  1. Snowy Swiss Alps

Whether you’re looking to soak in charming Swiss villages or looking to ski off-piste, the Swiss Alps provide a perfect family getaway with picture postcard views of icy landscapes and impressive mountains. The stunning scenery is an ideal backdrop for your next Christmas memories, with chalets and country hotels offering a warming welcome from the cold outside, and local towns and cities featuring traditional Christmas markets. Villages like Andermatt are the perfect setting for your snow-capped holiday, with ski schools suiting all ages and spas for those wanting to warm their toes inside.

Christmas getaways for the family - people on a ski lift

  1. Vienna’s Christmas Markets

Speaking of Christmas markets, Vienna provides one of the largest and most traditional markets out there, with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. Today, the markets are a spectacular must-see for a short family getaway or extended city trip. Vienna alone has 20 official markets with lots more surrounding neighbourhood markets to explore. Because the Christmas market is so central to Austrian culture, it is worth seeing, strolling and soaking in with a traditional glass of gluhwein (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). What’s more, Rathaus near Vienna’s famed Christkindl Market offers family-friendly entertainment which is perfect for keeping the little ones happy.


  1. All Aboard the Polar Express!

All Aboard the Polar Express! offers a memorable ride via steam train through the famous Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Each carriage is decorated with gorgeous Christmas foliage and ornaments, and the heated carriage keeps families snug and cosy. The views from the window of breathtaking mountains and snow coverage make for an ideal Christmas getaway, while staff are sure to keep up the Christmas spirit with sing-a-long carols, stories and helpings of cocoa.


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Spiced Rum Cookies – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 3 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Spiced Rum Cookies. If you don’t have any rum and don’t want to buy a bottle just for a recipe, you can substitute with rum flavouring. It’s available in the […]

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The Christmas Promise By Donna VanLiere – Book Review #48

The Christmas Promise is the fourth book in Donna VanLiere’s Christmas Hope series, the first three being The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing and The Christmas Hope.

The Christmas Promise

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Each Christmas we are given a promise from heaven. And each year on earth we make promises to each other.

This is a story about how a promise from one person to another shows us the true meaning of faith, remembrance, and love.Seven years ago Gloria endured a family tragedy that almost shook her faith entirely. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, restating a promise she made to her husband before he died.

Now, having moved from her small town and all the painful memories it held, she is building a life by caring for people in need. Whether it’s a young mother who can’t pay her electric bill or a family who needs some extra food, Gloria always finds a way. Miriam is a thorn in Gloria’s side. Miriam is a constantly critical, disapproving neighbor who looks with suspicion at all the good things Gloria does. When a twist of fate makes them roommates instead of neighbors, it’s the ultimate test of patience and faith.

Chaz has a good job as head of security at Wilson’s Department Store, but each night he returns home to an empty apartment. He longs for a wife and family of his own but realizes that the life choices he’s made have alienated him. He befriends a young boy whose mother has fallen on hard times, giving him a chance to have a life he thought impossible.In The Christmas Promise, the lives of these characters collide and we learn that even as we move ahead, the past is never far behind. And when we are forgiven much, we love much.

In this warmly humorous and deeply poignant story, we are reminded that the Christmas Promise is the promise of second chances.

My Thoughts

We’re introduced to more characters in this 4th book and it got a little confusing at times. I read the book in a day, however, because I was on holiday and spent the day relaxing. If I’d had to keep stopping I might have found it more confusing trying to remember who each person was!

It was still an enjoyable read and Miss Glory is a lovely character.

The Christmas Promise By Donna VanLiere book cover



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