Morning tea, Christmas tree

We went to my brother and sister-in-law’s home for morning tea recently. I had a LEGO advent calendar to give to their kids, my nieces and nephew.


We sat down to homemade bread sticks and dip, fresh fruit and slices of still warm from the oven chocolate cake with caramel icing. Nespresso coffee for the grown-ups and frothy babycinos for the kids – everyone was content, especially those sporting magnificent milk moustaches and dunking marshmallows into their mugs.


DSCF2807See that big blob of icing pooling on the plate? I ate it.


After morning tea, the kids decorated the Christmas tree. Caleb’s Christmas tree decoration strategy was simple: grab as much tinsel as possible with both hands and (literally) throw it onto the tree.


He was pretty chuffed with his efforts, but his mum and sisters talked him into trying a different, less tinsel-heavy approach! The next fascinating challenge was separating the thread loops on the Christmas decorations. Certain aunties were enlisted and only too pleased to assist.





Jac and I don’t have a Christmas tree – our younger cat Truffle won’t be able to resist munching on tinsel and attacking the shiny, dangling decorations – it’s just too dangerous. So it was a real treat to help the kids decorate their tree and see how thrilled and excited they were. I’d love to hear about yours – do you have any Christmas tree traditions (or naughty pets) in your family?


For Christmas this year, Jac and I will be away from home. Jac’s mum will be looking after our house and our cats. As usual, I’ll update my social media accounts while on holiday, so the best thing to do is follow me on Facebook, Twitter and my recently resurrected Instagram account. I still plan to update the blog 2-3 times a week as usual. Where are we going? Stay tuned…

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  • Linda

    I have naughty cats too so no Christmas tree for me this year. I do love Christmas decorations but have had to be content with a reindeer head and a wreath on the front door this year. PS the caramel icing on that cake looks divine.

    • Linda, the icing was fantastic! The kids made me some decorations but they are hanging from my cupboards in my study at the moment since we are tree-less. I still have to keep an eye and make sure Trufflr doesn’t grab them.

  • Nicole Jackson

    I love Caleb’s decorating strategy.

    • And of course being a responsible adult I let him carry out that strategy so I could photograph it… :P

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  • Craig Hind

    I love Caleb’s style!

    • He was so cross initially that we removed the mega-tinsel from the tree. But then once we showed him the preferred approach, he really enjoyed placing ornaments on the tree.

  • Row

    Great job with the decorations, kids (and aunties)! :) The dude and I have what we call a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree. We only have two ornaments hanging from the plastic branches, because a third one might make the tree tip over. Can’t wait to find out where you and Jac travel for holidays! :)

  • Cindy M

    Wow, has Caleb grown!! And Zoe looks about as tall as Ruby, in the one photo. I do like his decorating strategy — lol! :-) It’s been ages since I’ve used tinsel. That cake looks maaarrvelllous. Tall glass of cold milk to go with. Our tree has been with me since 1991 (I was single then). It’s a 4-footer, and definitely showing wear. This year almost unusable (its stand), but husband fixed. No real tradition, aside from my recent development of foregoing individually hung ornaments (sooo time consuming), and decorating with fancy garlands (containing bells or stars, etc) instead. Of course strings of lights (red, green, blue this year). The topper I usually place is a conical Santa Claus made via cross-stitch (an elderly lady made it). Trixie, our cat, totally leaves the tree alone (thankfully). Ah, eager to see where you and Jac are off to for the holidays!

    • Cindy,
      Yes, Caleb has grown a lot. He talks too now. Good that Trixie leaves your tree alone. Truffle likes to chew on everything (she’s like a little dog) so I have no doubt she’d get into trouble if we had a tree.

  • Gourmanda

    Decorating a Christmas tree would be such a fun activity for the kids. We don’t really celebrate Christmas in my family, so I never got to do that growing up. Even now my partner and I don’t really ‘do’ Christmas – there’s no tree in our house!

    • I’ve never really had a tree as an adult – even before I had cats. I like getting together with family and friends and giving gifts, but for me personally, not fussed about having a tree.

  • Haha up until her last Christmas at aged 14 my fat little grey cat used to launch herself up the 6ft tree and bring it crashing down while a naughty Lab puppy stole presents.