This years gingerbread ” house” project is a shabby chic ( mostly very shabby) village of small gingerbread houses on a hill. This pastel concoction is moving out of the kitchen and in to the girls room as soon as the organising in there is finished and it´s all set for the big day. My kitchen will be de- pastellised a little.
Tämän vuoden piparkakkutalo onkin vuoren rinteessä oleva vanha kylä joka on täynnä hieman vinksallaan tönöttäviä mökkejä. Rääkyvä Röttelö tulee tästä hieman mieleeni. Ja toki pastelliset pikku kylät Cinque Terressä. Ensi vuonnaa teen jotain isoa ja suurpiirteistä, tässä oli aikamoinen näpertäminen. ( tämä on siis tehty pienimmälle jalustalle ja mökit ovat noin tulitikkuaskin kokoisia)
The Christmas week that is! So exciting!!! I´m already starching & ironing the table linen, writing shopping lists, penciling my yearly Christmas poem and polishing the silver. Teachers gifts are wrapped and ready to go ( I got to rehearse with my calligraphy pen a little on the cards). Party dresses are in neat rows. I have to fly out for one last work trip but after that it´s all about Christmas. On top of school parties we have one more gingerbread baking session planned at our friends house and we still need to get all the greenery in and trim the tree! I was dreaming of having a green wreath on every window of the house too but as they are quite pricy in the city centre I´ll try and see if I could find them somewhere for a bit better price ( we have quite a few windows in this house). I still have not found my fairy lights so that needs to be shopped for and the tree is hopefully coming in on the 23rd ( my family tradition of decorating the night before Christmas eve). Some cleaning and grocery shopping still gets done but the important parts are pre-ordered. So when the tree is trimmed and the lights are lit I will sit down with a glass of glög and stare in to the fire and sigh deeply ( and then start decorating the doll house!). But trust me, this is the kind of hassle I love. It does not stress me out. Let´s see if we will bake the Christmas buns this year or perhaps skip a step and buy them ready made at Ekberg. I´m not going to stress it. Some wise person once said that Christmas will come even if your cleaning closet is not organised yet.
How is your Christmas planning for this year going? Mine is very stress free so far. We have decided on a ” theme” of white and luscious green for this year so it feels quite hassle free. Lot´s of white flowers & candles and plenty of spruces mixed with eucalyptus. My only teeny little problem is that I seem to have lost all my fairy lights! Where on earth did I put them? They are usually where all my Christmas decorations are but now I only found empty boxes. The only thing I can think of is that I kept them longer last year than the rest of the decorations and then put them somewhere safe. Good planning! If I don´t find them soon I might have to buy new ones.
The organic turkey is ordered, the menu is planned, the wines are in the wine cupboard, the champagne is ready, I bought the foie gras in Paris and the girls doll house is waiting to be set up. All in all we are in good progress here. No tree yet and I´m not even sure if I´ll get a big tree or go for the table tree in an urn again as it has been so pretty ( and hassle free to get rid of after Christmas) these past years. In any case we are only bringing the tree in on the 23rd.