Me? I've got 4 young children, so it's still magical in our household. My daughter points out regularly that the only time I get up before them is on Christmas morning (I'm not even slightly ashamed to admit that it's true) and that's because I love creating the magic, the snowy boot-prints, the stockings at the end of the bed, the nibbled piece of carrot and mince pie crumbs.
I spend from September onwards squirrelling away stocking fillers, and surreptitiously trying to find out what the children want from Santa. It isn't usually until late November when I get into full swing, after my son's birthday. By then, internet shopping reigns supreme. I don't mind wandering through shops when I'm just browsing, but honestly, I love being able to order it online and then wait for the postman/email to say it's ready to collect.
Right now, it's all about the food. What will we eat this year on the day itself? Turkey, rib of beef, goose? What do we want for dessert? (traditionally we have an Adnams Broadside Christmas pudding) but do we want something different? Do we WANT pudding - do we want to dive headlong into a huge pile of chocolate instead? Breakfast: croissants and prosecco? Or Buck's Fizz and whatever cereal we can cram in quickly? Then there's Christmas Eve, traditionally (there's that word again) a bit of luxury for Mr L and I once the kids are in bed. And the family gatherings. Oh, the family gatherings!
Then, and you know this if you've read ANYTHING I've ever written previously, there are the edible, homemade, and/or food related gifts. Teachers, family, friends, no-one is
safe left out! And the tree decorations. So far, Alfie, my 4 year old, has seen a snow-globe inspired hot chocolate jar which he'd like to make for his teacher. Lewis wants to make biscuits for his teacher. Meg wants to make nearly everything she reads in her cookbook for hers. There's the Christmas Fair, who this year have asked if I'd be interested in making a Christmas cake for them to raffle off. I'm not THAT good, but I'm game for giving it a go. So, you can see that food takes up a significant portion of my Yuletime thoughts.
And that's my question really, some people love receiving homemade foodie gifts, some people loathe it. Do you like it? If so, what foods do you love to receive? One year I made homemade nutella (the recipe, from 2011, is here) and if you DON'T like to receive these types of gifts, what do you do with them?