As I mentioned in my last post Mr G has rigged us up with a camera security system to go with the security lights. It’s like Fort Knox around here!

And thank goodness he did because we caught some ‘activity’ on camera the very first night! As Mr G was going through the footage he shouts to me to come and look. Well my thoughts immediately run wild thinking we’ve caught a sneaky burglar. Or perhaps it was the big bad wolf returning for a second time?

But no, it wasn’t anything remotely scary or threatening. It was a pretty little deer. She was snooping around the garden having a good old nosey. I think Santa sent her to do a recce so he knows where he’s going on Christmas Eve. As it’s our first Christmas here he probably wants to know where he can safely land his sleigh. Strategic Santa!

So we’re counting down to Christmas on multiple levels in our house. We have a chalk board stating how many sleeps we have left and we have three advent calendars – two chocolate ones and one string of mini Christmas stockings with gluten-free sweeties in them for Amelie. Mr G and I are sharing a chocolate calendar this year, which has slightly more posh/grown up chocolates in it. I opened it yesterday and Amelie liked the sound of the salted caramel chocolate delight. I didn’t eat it immediately as it was 8.20am and we were off on the school run. Amelie then asked me if it was gluten free and if so could she have it. I told her I’d check the ingredients later. And when I came to check later on it was indeed gluten free and therefore safe for Amelie to eat.

I was at home with the deliciously named chocolate all day. I kept looking at it longingly and I have to be honest the thought did cross my mind to tell Amelie that it wasn’t gluten free and therefore I ate it. Bad Mummy!!! But I didn’t. I somehow managed to magic up the willpower not to scoff it. So I’m hoping I’m still on Santa’s good list.

advent-boxesAlthough we have three advent calendars, we have tamed it down from previous years. A few years ago Mr G presented me on the 1st December with THE BEST advent calendar ever. It was made up of little boxes, all threaded on red ribbon and each box contained a gift! It was like a little mini Christmas every day. I loved it! (Obviously).

Since then we have split the calendar between us (only fair) and we have filled it with little gifts for each other. This is lovely but trying to find gifts small enough to fit into the little boxes has proved more and more difficult each year. Last year we squeezed gifts, (which were far too big) into the boxes and had to hold it all together with tape. I would spend hours searching the Inter-web for gifts and treats that would fit into the boxes. One of my searches brought up a knitted warmer for a certain part of a man’s anatomy. Well, I immediately put that into my virtual shopping basket as all I was thinking was that it will fit into the damn box. And give us a giggle when he opens it. Which it duly did!

But the funniest part of this purchase was when the online store emailed me to review the knitted warmer! Do people really use it??? I assumed everyone who bought this was doing so for a joke. Perfect for Secret Santa at work to embarrass your boss – that sort of thing. My review was just two words – too small! 🙂



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