It's the last weekend before Christmas, and I've been busy with the final preparations. Thankfully I've finished my Christmas shopping, although I still have quite a few presents to wrap and put under the tree. As always, I'm giving people baked treats alongside their regular presents, so over the next few days I will be making lots of mince pies, shortbread biscuits and lebkuchen (delicious spiced Christmas biscuits). I love baking, so it's not going to be a hardship!
On Christmas Day itself, my husband and I usually split our time between our respective families. We're planning to spend the morning at home, just the two of us, the afternoon with my parents, and then the evening with his family. This is only possible as all of our family members live very locally! This year will be the first year I won't be seeing my sister on Christmas Day, as she's spending it with her in-laws, so we're also having a Boxing Day celebration at my parents' this year, where I will get to see her and my nephew. Even though we're both adults, it will feel strange not opening our presents together on Christmas morning.
Apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day, I'm planning a relaxed and low-key Christmas break this year. I'm feeling tired all the time and honestly, a few days tucked up at home reading in front of the Christmas tree sounds just perfect. I'm still plugging away with Les Miserables; I'm well past the half way mark now and have set myself the somewhat ambitious target of finishing it by Christmas Day. It's certainly possible, but it remains to be seen whether I will actually reach that goal or not. Either way, I will definitely be done by December 31st, ready to start the new year with a new book.
This week, I've been reading: