Christmas is absolutely one of the favourite times of year for the FoA Girls – we love the twinkling lights, the shining tinsel, the smell of the Christmas Tree, the carols, sound of the letterbox clanking with something other than the usual bills!! And, of course, we enjoy and appreciate the time we get to spend with family and friends.
Seasonal craft-room hep!
This year we had Holly the Elf with us in the busier than usual run up to the festive season. She arrived with chocolates for the grown ups (always a good way to introduce yourself!) and was a huge help with all the cutting, folding, foiling, gluing and packing. We individually hand applied well over 1200 gemstones during December. Holly also joined us on family trips and we are missing her already! Here are a few of the highlights from her time with us…
Traditionally (for me at least) Christmas Eve involves last minute shopping (usually the vegggies and cheeses with shorter use by dates!), card writing, reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and attending Midnight Service.
Then, with the tree lights twinkling, shopping completed, cards written and the presents wrapped – its time to stop, relax and probably eat and drink WAY too much while celebrating with family and friends.
This was also Tasha’s first Christmas with us, and another reason to celebrate. No longer the grumpy, hissing, anti-social puss we collected back in February but a contented and social (on her own terms obviously!). A cat who enjoyed all the fuss made of her with the various additional visitors to her kingdom. Although suspicious of her new climbing post, her foodie nature meant she did explore to find her tasty treats before snuggling up nice and cosy – at ground level!!
But it’s also a time to reflect and be grateful. There are countless others who will not enjoy the season and for a wide range of reasons so we spare a thought for the emergency services, medical teams, servicemen and women, the elderly or recently bereaved…..the list goes on.
That in between bit…
Now it’s that strange in between bit of the year where its not Christmas anymore, but the New Year hasn’t arrived either and we can’t quite keep track of which day it is!! For retailers it becomes a mad rush to remove the Christmas promotions, and start the Boxing Day / January Sales and of course…. yep – Easter!!
A New Decade
The last decade seems to have flown by and there have been so many changes! At the start of it, we were looking forward to the London 2012 Olympics – now, as we approach the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics seeing the Olympic Torch as it passed through our (then) hometown and the event itself seem such distant memories and as the FoA Girls look forward to the New Year and the New Decade – we have plenty planned, both personally and for Floating on Air Designs!
A few Dates you may like to Remember!
31st December 2019/1st January 2020 – New Years Eve/Day but how are you celebrating? Have you made any New Year Resolutions? Or are you simply resolved to not bother!
7th February 2020 – Send a Card to a Friend Day – no need to wait for their birthday, surprise a friend with a card today!
14th February 2020 – Valentines Day are you hoping to receive cards from an unknown admirer? Or planning a romantic surprise for the love of your life?
29th February 2020 – YES!! Its a Leap Year – time for all you Leap Babies to celebrate your REAL birthday and for us girls to get down on one knee (if we are so inclined!)
1st March 2020 – St David’s Day – the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales who died on this date in 589 AD.
17th March 2020 – St Patricks Day – a cultural and religious celebration held on the traditional death date of the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
22nd March 2020 – Mothers Day – Traditionally known as Mothering Sunday but how will you be showing your Mum how much you love and appreciate her?
Wishing you a Happy and Safe New Year – See you in 2020!!
The FoA Girls