I missed the first of the Christmas Sunday posts due to me being totally disorganised in the lead up to my trip to Germany and not scheduling a post - but am back on track today!
My mum loved Christmas and did everything possible to ensure that our Christmases were happy and memorable. It was her favourite time of year and she loved to cook and entertain and find the perfect gift. It was a cruel twist of fate that she passed away the week before Christmas in 1997, but even though she was so ill leading up to then, she still had all her presents wrapped and labels written.
She was a great crossword puzzler, she always did a crossword every day and her ability to decipher anagrams and cryptic clues was legendary. So when she did the labels for her Christmas presents, they always gave a slight hint as to what was inside. Some were more cryptic than others and even once you had opened the present, you still weren't clear what the tag was all about! This is a tradition that I have carried on with my family, sometimes the clues are better than others and sometimes there is much groaning when they realise the hint I was trying to give. But oh does it make Christmas wrapping take a long time, trying to think of something witty or puzzling to put on the tag. Clues like 'I hope you think this present is out of this world' went on the bottle of 'Alien' perfume that I wrapped for my daughter yesterday. You get the idea?!!