Sunday, 2 December 2012
On the Second Day of December
Today's chapter was all about presents.
There were several suggestions:
Give everyone the same present: I did this on a couple of occasions. Each time it was a book for families with young children. The first was Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's River Cottage Family Cookbook and the second was Jostein Gaarder's The Christmas Mystery.
Make your presents: I've been doing this for several years now. Not all of them, but the ones I give to friends. They've all been edible - truffles, florentines, stollen, lebkuchen, chutney etc. I'll be doing the same again this year. I just haven't decided what it will be.
This year I'm trying to avoid the big stores and buy presents from independents and local artists/crafters. Bristol offers an incredible array of Christmas markets (in addition to its usual galleries). This weekend alone I visited three and picked up a couple of items in each. And there are plenty more to come between now and the big day.
How do you choose your presents? Do you make your own and, if so, have your any suggestions for me this year?
PS Today's photograph has nothing whatsoever to do with presents. It's just that today being the first Sunday in Advent I got to eat my first mince pie! It was well worth the wait.