I can't believe Thanksgiving is on Thursday...eek! This year has flown by so fast! I have just started getting ready for Christmas, as I intend to start decorating right after Thanksgiving. If you were reading my blog this time last year, you'll know that because we were so busy moving etc. we only got our Christmas tree put up a few days before the 25th :( It was very sad! So this year, I want an early start as I'd like to enjoy my house at Christmas! My mom recently came back from Dublin and brought me these lovely Christmassy things! Actually the tin of sweets is for my fiancé, Jonathan (hahaha) and the confetti are what I had mentioned before in a wedding post, they will be our favours for our wedding. They're hard sugary sweets with almond in the middle and are traditionally given at Italian weddings or christenings.
Onto my absolute favourite for Christmas...panettone. These have become very popular in Ireland recently, I remember when you could hardly find them here. This is a traditional Italian Christmas cake, or sweet bread. It's what we eat every Christmas morning for breakfast with a hot drink. Yum! The original kind has candied fruit inside but this particular one has chocolate. Normally you get a big panettone to share with the whole family, but this is a cute baby one! I can't wait to
eat it all myself share it with Jonathan!
All these sweet treats are from Carluccio's in Dublin.
My mom also brought me back some adorable decorations from Avoca. I absolutely love the gingerbread man and cupcake! They are made of soft fabric but covered in glittery "sugar". The heart is for my room, I think it will look so sweet hanging on my closet door :)
Last week I also picked up some decorations from Dwyer's (they usually sell electrical things like fridges, cooking appliances, stoves, etc.) who had a surprisingly good Christmas collection! I got two wooden reindeer, a star decoration covered in toadstools and two furry polar bears. My mom took the other two (they came in a pack of four).
From Dwyer's I also picked up three stockings for each member of the family...can you guess which one is Albi's? I'll give you a hint, it's the one with only a right eye..hahaha!
Actually, this fell off accidentally but how much of a coincidence is that?!
Have you started shopping for Christmas yet? What is your decorating style?