Each week either before or after her swimming lesson S and I pop to Sainsbury's to do a top up grocery shop. On one of these trips a month or so ago I asked S to choose a tin or packet of food which we would then add to on a weekly basis and take as a donation to the City's food bank in time for Christmas.
I thought this was a simple idea (and relatively affordable way) to bring to the children's attention about how important it is to give to others at this time of year.
Then we had the idea of asking all our family and friends who were coming to our Christmas get together yesterday if they would mind bringing a small donation with them. They were all more than happy to and today I packed up my shopping trolley with 25 assorted tins, pasta and rice, cereal, tea bags and coffee.
In town I met up with my friend I and we spent a leisurely hour pootling around the art gallery looking at the two current exhibitions before heading off for a hot drink and cake.
If you want to give someone a kiss for Christmas then look no further than the official kissing point set up by one of the flower seller's.
I wonder how many smooches this mistletoe has seen so far?!
We are all hoping Father Christmas will be very generous with his gift giving in our house, do you think I should leave him some of this cheese instead of a mince pie on Christmas eve to try and curry favour?
The postman had a parcel to give me today. All the way from the USA and inside with a gift for each of us was a card with the cutest little trio of birds on the front of the envelope. Don't worry Sue I've safely tucked away the gifts and the card from the smallest people in the house!