Anyway, another Christmas tradition that's started in recent years (perhaps just in the UK?) is Christmas Jumper Day. One Friday a year around mid December we're encouraged to wear a festive jumper to work etc. I love it because it means I have an excuse to buy a ridiculous piece of knitwear each year. And even better than that, this day is in aid of Save the Children so by buying and wearing said knitwear it helps to spread the word. (Which reminds me, do donate if you feel so inclined.) This year, however, I think I outdid myself with my jumper. I thought I had it nailed last time with pom-pom snow, but this year... I've got dogs in santa hats. If I could design a Christmas jumper, this would be it. Incidentally, my dream is to one day receive a puppy for Christmas with a big ribbon bow around its neck, a bit like in Lady and the Tramp ... but how on earth do you hide a puppy before giving it to someone as a present? I haven't got that part of the fantasy worked out yet.
And one last word on Christmas... for all my ardent perfectionism I am literally the worst present-wrapper ever. And it kills me. I try so, so hard but I can't cut in a straight line and every time I fold the ends into triangles, they're misshapen, wonky and usually have jagged edges from where I've cut the paper horrendously. So, unlike all those other bloggers who have beautifully wrapped gifts that look like something out of a shop window, mine look like the dogs on my jumper wrapped them. So these days I just hope that people will think it's, er, quirky and, er, love me for it. And that they'll know I really did try... but unfortunately the more I try, the worse it looks. So while I'm wrapping a real present in the photos below (blogger multitasking at its finest), there's no way I'm showing you the details. Although if you look closely, you will see a corner where it started to go wrong...
Nope, that's not wrapping to be proud of. If anyone's interested, the jumper is from ASOS and the trousers are from Collectif - more to come on the latter another day, perhaps, as they have the most amazing high waist. And yes, this is my living room and the beautiful tiles in the above photo belong to the fireplace. When I've got things a bit more finished in here I'll show you it properly!
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