Rather than this, which is our usual way of displaying presents on Christmas Eve:
Mum was adamant she only wanted a little tree this year. She said it's too much hassle putting up the big one in our tiny living room. Our Christmas tree and decorations live in my brothers loft. He asked yesterday if we wanted them and I said just the decorations not the big tree. Then I remembered that we used to have a smaller tree that we used when my niece was a baby/toddler and we really needed space and not to have a little one crashing into the decorations we've collected over the years.
Our tree in 2001
We actually bought this tree as a replacement to the 'real' one after we had a nightmare tree issue. I'd insisted we had a real tree this year and I am adverse to real trees if they don't have roots. So I bought a real tree in my local supermarket. It was wrapped in mesh so it was only when I took the mesh off I realised the tree was the shape of a Christmas pudding. Still I put it up and decorated it.
Our first tree trauma of 2001
Several days later we noticed an odd smell in the living room. Try as we might we couldn't find out what it was. It smelt like something had gone off. It was awful. Then we realised it was coming from the soil around our tree. So we had to undecorate it and stick it outside. We can laugh about it 10 years on, but it was a headache at the time.
Anyway, this year my brother went up in his loft and there was no sign of our little tree. He got pretty stressed about it. I told him not to worry. We'd not used it for some years and I had a vague recollection of suggesting we got rid of it one year when it was brought down. I said it's ok I'll get one at my local supermarket. However, they had none left. I went to Homebase today and they had none either. So he has had to get the 'big' tree down and we'll put it up tomorrow (hopefully with the assistance of my niece). I've been shifting furniture around to make space for it. (and yes more baby wipe cleaning has taken place!)
Last night I went out with a friend to a local pub that specialises in Thai food. I only took a couple of pictures with my phone which is not great, but I've uploaded them to flickr here. the food was really really yummy. I ate far too much. I've not had much Thai food before so it was good to not only try something new, but find somewhere that did it so well!
Then this morning we woke to our first now. It was a pretty light dusting (thank goodness), although I'm told some areas quite close by got about an inch of snow and I could see some on the hills when I made my dash to Homebase at lunch time.
So with luck tomorrow I can show you the tree up and looking all lovely!