Can someone please explain to me how it can almost be Christmas again?
I'm sure it was Christmas just the other day.
I do love me some Christmas, so I won't complain too much.
We have already trimmed the tree and put up decorations.
Stripy monkey is also back, I can't imagine our tree without him now.
And heaven help me because the papillotes are back in the supermarkets. I bought a big bag of the cheaper variety to display around the house.
Papillotes are sweets/candies wrapped in shiny wrappers - they're usually chocolate-coated something, but occasionally can be fruit jellies. They also come with a little note (a joke or a fun fact), similar to Christmas crackers.
This vase display lasted 15 mins on the dining table before the 2 yr old found it and gobbled two, right before dinner. Now they live up high in the china cabinet.
The bag had two papillote varieties, a strawberry centre with dark chocolate coating and a caramel praline centre with a milk chocolate coating. Don't ask me how I know this.
I also bought a smaller bag that cost twice as much - these high end papillotes will be part of my kids' teachers' Christmas gifts.
Three varieties of ganash filling with dark chocolate coatings. Too classy for jokes, these ones come with an inspirational saying on their note.
That papillote came that way. Oh, alright, it was me. But it wasn't just gratuitous, random eating - I was conducting quality control on behalf of the teachers.
Now, the eclair which I scarfed about 30 seconds after taking this photo, that was gratuitous, random eating. And it was GOOD.
Hey, I finished my stitching. Now I just need to wrangle it into a hoop for displaying. Will have some close ups once I've made her pretty.
One little brag before I go - I've finished all my Christmas shopping. I did it all on line and it is such a relief to have it done. I don't know what I'm going to do without Amazon.fr when I go home.
Good luck with all your preparations for the holidays. Don't forget the chocolate!