Tonight I spent a wonderful evening getting festive at not one, but two, Christmassy events.
First it was the lighting up of the Christmas tree at our local church. A few days ago I joined other members of my WI and decorated the tree outside the church, overlooking the village green and then tonight we joined lots of other people from the village to sing (out of time and definitely out of tune) a few Christmas carols and to switch on the tree lights.
Then we all went inside the church to enjoy a warming cup of tea and some delicious cake as well as buy some gifts from some of the stall holders.
There were some beautiful wooden figures on sale carved from olive wood from Bethlehem. Master Madaboutbags took a liking to a nativity bell decoration and a camel.
We also bought a Christmas gift Miss Madaboutbags and Master Madaboutbags had a go at cake decorating.
We also saw Father Christmas himself, so this is my Advent Day 3 photo, joining in with Julie's Scrapbook Advent Calendar.
He was very jolly and handed out candy canes to all the children.
Then is was time to head off to the next village and watch a Christmas show at the church that Miss Madaboutbags goes to.
The play was called Twas The Night Before Christmas and was by The Saltmine Theatre group.
All the parts were played by just four people and it was funny, moving, poignant and with just the right amount of religiousness. The underlying story was to be thankful for what you have and not to catch stuffishness, and it does make you realise that there is more to Christmas than stuff, stuff, and more stuff.
It was a wonderful way to spend an evening especially as it was shared with good friends too so I'm feeling all warm, nostalgic and thankful.