How’s Your Christmas Planning Going?

I was in London a couple of weeks ago and spotted this bus. I played a lot lego-londonwith Lego when I was younger and I still have a soft spot for it, so I trotted off to Leicester Square and eventually (there was a queue!) got into the store. It was fab! There was a big wall of Lego where you could fill a cup with your choice of bricks, including the ones needed to build a penguin. And they had hollow Christmas ornaments, with bricks to build a chalet or reindeer inside; so I bought one of each, naturally.

lego-pictureBesides the purchasing opportunities, there were lots of amazing Lego creations, including a two-storey Big Ben clock tower and a perspective view of London up the staircase. Here’s a picture of it – and let me repeat, it was a perspective view. See how the internal light wells inside County Hall (the big building beside the London Eye) get smaller as they get further from the viewer? I have no idea how they did that in Lego bricks, but it looked amazing. Well worth a visit if you’re in London.

mermaid-tailSo that was some of my Christmas shopping successfully completed. I’ve also knitted and sewn up a mermaid tail, based on a Sirdar pattern, but lengthened as the original only goes up to age 7, and am half way through a cowl in 4 ply (fingering) yarn. I’ve written most of the cards, ordered some of the food and wrapped a few gifts. I like Christmas, and I like starting early, but I know some of my friends refuse to start anything festive until December arrives. What’s your preferred routine? – and have you any tips you’d like to share?