Ok - so we have the log burner in. And the mantle up. But the painting's still not 100% finished. And there are still a few fireplace hearth tiles to lay. Not to mention the ropey old carpet that needs taking up and shelving to be built either side of the chimney breast.
But, by Christ, add a few ceramic decs, a bit of garland and a coupla stockings and you've got A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS ON A PUMPKIN PIE PLATE :
O, and throw in a coupla log baskets and you might as well be back in Ye Olden Days when Christmas was all about mulling and wassailing and carolling and merry-making :-
The Chuppies has also managed to procure some sweet chestnuts from one of his work sites and I fear that with the burner lit and the chestnuts roasting on top of the burner I might very well combust.
O, and this is our tree (recently purchased from John Lewis) :-
Kindly avert your eyes from the disgusting curtains in the background, the aforementioned ropey old carpet on the floor and the exposed heating pipework on the walls, and concentrate instead on the bushyness of the tree, the over abundance of decorations on its branches and the tastefully decorated pressies on the floor.
These are all for the Chuppies, by the way. I understand that whilst my pressies are all bought and paid for (online) they are still `in the post'. This does not fill me with confidence as we all know how crappy any delivery service gets at this time of year but the Chuppies seems quite calm about the whole thing and does not see a problem that we are only about fourteen days away from the big day and the only gifts to be opened in the house are all for him.