Time seems to be racing by this year and my favourite time of the year is upon us. I quite enjoy spring, tolerate summer (just) but count the days until the weeks before Christmas. Yes, this is time of year I love best. I look forward all year to preparing for Christmas. I particularly love, and I mean really love, Christmas magazines. I keep my birthday money (which conveniently falls at the end of November!) to buy almost every December edition of the home/woman's interest section! Worse is that I mark off on the calender when they are published...Country Living, obviously is the one that has me hyperventilating most but the Christmas edition of the Radio Times (TV listings magazine) is one of my annual highlights. Have I mentioned before that I am turning into a bit of a TV addict? Mmm.. it's not something that I really like about myself but I blame Sky+ and my cozy corner on the sofa and our real fire..who would want to go out and leave that? Anyway, back to the Radio Times..I sit with a cup of tea and a pen and go through the Christmas and New Year programmes ticking the ones I want to watch. I feel a bit embarrassed confessing this, even more when I tell you that I have been known to argue with the shop assistants (very un-me!) when they tell me that they haven't got the Christmas edition and I then show them the advertisement that says that it should be 'out now!' This causes great hilarity with my family! The funny thing is I usually don't end up watching what I have previously ticked...but it is my little ritual. I love to see what the front covers look like too. I do cut out my favourite pictures for my Christmas inspiration books so the magazines are not 'wasted' and I then gaze longingly at them all year..waiting! Christmas music too, but I will save that for another day!
You can imagine my delight when I came across the above book last week. I was hoping that there would be an inspiring Christmas book this year and bought this from Amazon for the front cover alone! It arrived yesterday and it is beautiful. I have seen some of the pictures before (the publishers obviously use the same picture library) but it still is a lovely book.
This advent calender is one of my favourite things to make - the colours are wonderful. The ISBN is 1-84597-255-4 if you are interested and it is by Antonia Swinson.
If you know of any other Christmas books I would like, or magazines to feed my addiction, let me know - I would love some more inspiration!