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Fortnum and Mason Sparkling Tea

Just yesterday, I discovered that Fortnum and Mason’s have started doing Sparkling Tea. I was super excited and wanted to get my hands on it as the bottle looks very luxurious. I have just had a look at their website. They have both the alcoholic and the non alcoholic version. It will have to be the non alcoholic version for a teetotal like me. I am disappointed that they only have one non alcoholic version but I suppose it is better than nothing. Strangely, both versions have got the same price tag!!!

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My Christmas

Christmas at the Vicarage is getting simpler by the year!

As expected, December is a very busy month for the Mhinisteir. I will be glad to have him home once he finishes his final service on Christmas Day.

I usually tend to the presents and the Christmas meal. Over the past few years, I have been forced to keep everything to the bare minimum due to health reasons. I will be going to the midnight service.

The presents have been mostly distributed. Lunch will be a simple roast chicken. The Mhinisteir has said that he wants to catch up on his sleep after lunch so his wish will be granted.

Holidaying at home is not an option if you live in a Vicarage so we will get away at some point for a good few days of peace and quiet.

I never post pictures on my blog but since it is the festive season, I will bend the rules and post some pictures.

Presents!!! Last year, I used FT Weekend newspapers as my gift wrap. This year I have used the FT Magazine how to spend it as my gift wrap and the FT Weekly magazine to make the bow.
Christmas favours created using Fortnum and Mason teabags and dark chocolates in gold foil.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us – Matthew 1:23

Merry Christmas!

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The Missing chocolates!


Christmas is a very low key affair in our household thanks to my Protestant Christian upbringing.   We even know of some Protestant Christians who do not celebrate Christmas as they see it as a pagan winter festival.

Growing up,  we had presents under our Christmas tree but it was never for us or our families.  It was always for the underprivileged families or children in our community.   As usual, I digress…..

The Mhinisteir almost had a coronary when he heard that I wanted to get Christmas presents for our Churchwardens and parishioners.

Imagine the horror on his face when I suggested getting some of the gifts from Fortnum and Mason!!!! You see, we belong to a Multi Parish Benefice with more than 10 Churches!!!  Anyway, when I put forward my proposal and the budget for it,  I got the go ahead.  Yay!

Most of the presents were bought online directly from Lindt chocolates.  I have only just gotten round to gift wrapping the chocolate boxes this week even though the boxes arrived last week.

I  enjoy gift wrapping as I find it therapeutic.  As I wrapped one chocolate box after another, I got into a gentle rhythm only for it to be broken abruptly.  Hang on a minute!!! Where are the chocolates??? I muttered to myself.  I was holding a lovely red Lindt chocolate box but it was void of chocolates!!! What happened to those beautifully wrapped nuggets???? The box was factory sealed but there were no chocolates!!!!  Strange!

I just have to assume that somebody at the Lindt factory forgot to put the chocolates in before sealing them!   Thankfully I bought some extras just in case!