... mulled wine! Let's get in the Christmas spirit on this first Friday in December!
We have friends who lived in Belgium for a while and the first December they were there we went to visit. It was such a lovely atmosphere there, and visiting the Christmas markets in Brussels was such a lovely day out. When you bought your mulled wine to keep your hands (and insides) warm while you were walking around, you were able to keep your cup or glass. These particular mulled wine mugs are actually from Cologne; we enjoyed the European markets so much we tried somewhere else the following year. Happy memories!
Can you believe that we are in December? You'll notice that we don't have our decorations up yet - family tradition dictates that we do that just before Paul's birthday so we have another week or so to wait yet. To be honest, much as I love the decorations, I am always ready to take them down between Christmas and New Year. My one concession to early decorating is this festive ribbon wreath that I made!
Do you have particular family traditions at this time of year? It's always interesting to hear how other people organise their time. When we went to Belgium that year we had to leave our shoes outside of our bedrooms on December 5th and in the morning Sinterklaas had left chocolate gifts for us. That's the start of the celebrations over there.
Have you heard of the statue in Brussels called Manneken Pis? A little boy relieving himself into a fountain. He's pretty famous over there and is dressed up for national occasions.