Right - LCM (aka Bah Humbug the Misery Guts of Xmas Doom) has actually given in. Yes, you have read correctly. I have given in. I blame the kids, personally. And the freezing temperatures. I mean even the local swings and slides have become the 'slips and slides', and there is only so much outdoors cold you can impose on young children before even they start to complain about the insides of their noses freezing.
So today (Dotterel, please take note) I have:
- placed some pretty star lights around the entrance to the house (thank you IKEA, I knew they would come in handy some day)
- made a seasonal front door wreath of sorts, complete with a touch of southern hemisphere (see if you can spot it)
- bought a Xmas tree, and actually allowed the children to decorate it (even though I do admit to running a rations station with regard to baubles, tinsel and other paraphernalia so as to avoid having to re-do the entire thing once completed)
What to do? Traipse out to the shops in the hope of finding a spare set? Blossom's godmother put me right as she passed by the house to drop off her present. "You will never find any," she stated quite emphatically. So much for even starting to hunt some down.
Should I resort to dismantling my oh-so-wonderful front door star light adornment (too short anyway and they had grown on me by now)?
And then a stroke of genius (com'on, give me some credit here).
How about the garden lights we used during the summer that clipped on to the umbrella?
What can I say? Ta-da! I give you the LCM indoor/outdoor Xmas tree special. At least there is now a touch of lightheartedness about the whole thing.