Friday, 6 January 2017

12 Days of Christmas Swap

For the 3rd year in a row my very good blog friend Jo at Through the Keyhole and I have exchanged a 12 Days of Christmas swap.
One gift per day is opened starting on 25th December and finishing on 5th January.
I like to save mine until mid evening when all jobs are done and it's time to sit down and relax, hence a lot of my photos are taken when the light isn't great.

Let's start at the very beginning.
What an appropriate book for our swap this is!
I started reading it on Boxing day and finished last night.
A very light and lovely Christmas read, I would certainly recommend it.
Day 2 was a scalloped edged egg cup complete with a chicken shaped cover. I love a boiled egg with soldiers and so my new egg cup will be well used.

Who doesn't love cute stationery and sets of notelets don't get much cuter than these two little girls in their red head gear.

I have failed miserably for being able to share day 4's glittery silvery tealight holder.
It was on the mantelpiece until I packed all the Christmas decorations away and is now nestled in tissue paper up in the loft. I'm hoping Jo has been as organised as she normally is and has a photo of it I can link to.

Item number 5 is a very handy magnetic notepad which is now on the front of the freezer, on hand for jotting down grocery items I need as and when they occur to me.

No swap is complete without chocolate and day 6 was a great day when I opened a package containing 2 of my most favourite bags of festive edible treats.

Day 7 made me smile for two reasons. One was the red polka dot pen, Jo knows me and polka dot obsession very well. The second reason was I bought this exact same notebook for my sister back in November. All I can say is great minds think alike!

Number 8 is a shimmery butterfly coaster. Jo told me she bought this whilst she was on holiday and it really does echo the sights and colours of summer. Initially I put this next to my bed but now I've decided I will take it into work to have on my desk.

Back to the chocolate again on day 9. Cadbury's dairy milk, need I say more.

I can't wait to use these paper straws and ice cream tubs from day 10. These have given me a plan for a little Sunday afternoon high tea in the near future.

My feet will be so oh cosy thanks to my gift on day 11. You can never own too many pairs of snuggly socks and if they are decorated with snowflakes then that's even better.

My final gift on day 12 was another polka dot item. Some mugs are just comforting to hold and this is definitely one of those. I absolutely love it. 
T was very proud of the fact he bought all of his own Christmas presents this year. He was very generous, so much so that he bought a Tassimo coffee machine as a gift for our family. At some point over the weekend I shall be enjoying a caramel macchiato in this cup and considering myself very blessed indeed.

Thank you Jo for all of my presents, I love each and everyone.


  1. What lovely gifts beginning with a great choice of book for its title.
    How generous of T - enjoy your coffees xx

  2. That is such a good idea, a little treat to open during the days when we it's back to work and the nights are cold!

  3. I'm so pleased you liked everything, and thank you for all your lovely gifts too, I shall be blogging about them soon. How generous of T and what a super gift. I bought Mick a Tassimo machine a few years ago and it's one of the best Christmas presents I've ever bought for him, he uses it every day and wouldn't be without it now so enjoy your caramel macchiato.

  4. How lovely! What a great idea. It seems Jo knows your taste very well as she chose you some brilliant gifts. And how sweet of T buying you all a Tassimo, what a thoughtful young man. x

  5. That must have been such fun to do between Christmas and the new year. It was very thoughtful of T to get such a useful and generous present for the family. x

  6. I think it was a very good idea to wait until mid evening when all the jobs were done and you had time to sit, relax and open your gifts. What a super selection they were too.

    That book looks a great Christmas read.

    Hope this coming new week is a good one for you

    All the best Jan

  7. ooooh, so good!! You did very well!
    Well done to T- what a great boy he is!
    I am so glad you enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas! I read it too and loved it!