Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Launching Christmas

So how's it going . . . all of you Santa's helpers out there?

Do you have lift-off on the Christmas preparations . . .
the cards
the presents
the concerts
the parties
the baking
the decorating
Or are you struggling to breathe in the de-oxygenated atmosphere?

My brain feels like it is in perpetual orbit
around Christmas Planet.
Only my lists keep me anchored
to the solid (but icy!) ground.


Sarah Laurence said...

Wild! If you're looking for more traditional holiday decorations, check out Oxford. Tonight's the last night of Hanukkah. Tomorrow I'll gear up for Xmas. I need to catch up on email too. Happy busy holidays!

julochka said...

well done...i personally have scarcely launched planet christmas, tho' we did make (and consume) our first batch of russian teacakes.

hope all is well with you!

Emm said...

Oh wow, Carnaby Street looks amazing this year!!! I wish I could get a chance to see it but alas it is work-work-work-fly to South Africa - relax for me!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Looking at the list and feeling a bit
de-oxygenated! But these decorations are amazing, and are helping to restore clear holiday thinking!

Thanks for sharing these and good luck with it all!

rachel said...

A friend brought me a wreath for the front door the other day, and it's almost roused me from a profound Christmas-denial state..... There may be panic later on!

elizabeth said...

The season is upon us
oh my!

still no card designed.....
house needing cleaning before the little angels are set out

we will keep it simple
I hope

how is your weather
cold cold here
but only a few light flakes....

Cait O'Connor said...

I am usually un denial but I like your Carnaby Street pic.

Cottage Garden said...

Fantastic pictures Bee - I haven't been to Carnaby Street for a long time!

Bought some cards today oh, and some Christmassy stamps. We keep it simple as regards gifts and decorations. Look forward to buying the tree though - always a nice day out to the farm.

Went to my first carol concert yesterday. In the cathedral, it was lovely.


Alyson (New England Living) said...

I'm with you! Though not as good at the lists as you are. I should learn my lesson and do so, but instead I deal with the consequences of being a disorganized mess. My only saving grace is that it has always been my policy not to take on too much this time of year.

Love your photography! Hope you are having an amazing holiday season! xx

kristina said...

Oooh stellar!

Was disappointed to discover this week John Lewis had sold out of the paper trees I liked. On to Plan B. Sigh.

K x

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Bee

Love the pictures! I hope you and your family will have a great Christmas.

Don't get stressed out and keep warm!!

Tracy :)

Teresa O said...

Christmas planet...yes, that's exactly what it is, another world within a world that orbits out of control every December. I've done the fun stuff, decorating the house, as for the rest I'm procrastinating.

Dragonfly said...

Really must get a wriggle on...

Star said...

Ha ha! yes, I went to the Post Office today and posted off the cards to far flung places, like Australia. I felt quite proud of myself. Hope there's no postal strike over there!
I have all the cards written out, no parties or concerts to go to. The Christmas cake is made and being fed with sherry at regular intervals and some of the presents are wrapped.
Not bad eh? Like you, I depend on lists.
Not sure I like those planetary decorations, very weird.
Blessings, Star

steven said...

bee i've got lights up around the outside of the house, two trees up inside, cards are appearing but i've not started on anyone's lists yet. nope. i love to let that whole shopping thing percolate and acquire a patina of desparation before i set foot in a shop. it really doesn't feel like christmas time without edge!!! steven

Lisa said...

Thankfully, holidays here are simple affairs. We're wrapping up Hanukkah tonight with candles.

But I LOVE the decor there! Space Santa!

Catalyst said...

It's not Dickens . . . but it is way cool!

Mr Bee said...

A only saw Oxford & Regent's Street with their Narnia and fairy lights. I missed the Sci-Fi Christmas.

slommler said...

Oh how fun!! They did "launch" Christmas! HA!

Tess Kincaid said...

Love the space-age Santa! So far, so good, here at the manor. I can still breath! Happy festivities, to you!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ah, I do love Carnaby Street. My husband spends his time there whilst I'm in Liberty!

As for Christmas preparations? I'm pretty much on track. Tonight was our big Christmas Book Club party that is always, for some reason, held here at my house. So, my house is spotlessly clean, there are fresh flowers in every room, and I've been baking up a storm. Now, everyone's gone home, the dishes are washed, and I'm off for a hot, hot bath. Fortunately, we have some mulled wine left over!

Fantastic Forrest said...

What? Is it December already? I've been preoccupied with other things. :-) Our summer travels will be our main present to each other as a family, but I suppose I'd better get busy on some stocking stuffers!

I like your pics - can't wait to visit the place, even if Santa won't be flying overhead then.

Relyn said...

I know JUST what you mean. What perfect pictures! I'm just now lighting our main tree today. Sheesh! It seems to take me longer every year. It is so beautiful, though.

Lucy said...

good luck and good courage. You are an ace list maker!

I'm just so glad it's simpler than this for us, but I'm sure you do enjoy it and will remember it with great pleasure. The pictures do look inviting.

David Cranmer said...

Those are some sharp decorations in your photos. Radical as I would say circa 1989.

My wife and I are buying some ornaments tomorrow. We love Christmas but go light on the extras.

Frances said...

Oh Bee, thank you for this glimpse of Carnaby Street's 2010 decorations! And also thank you for your visit.

About those trees...tiny ones might be $25, but the tall beauties could be well over $100. Wow!

I have got Period Piece checked out from the library and look forward to reading it this week. What a delight to discover that there are marvelous period drawings amongst the pages, as an additional treat.

Best wishes.

Marcheline said...

Pretty wacky holiday ornamentation, eh?

Still struggling my way out of the flu, but did manage to get the cards done. My husband, the artist, drew our card this year and I printed them out on card stock. It was such fun!

herhimnbryn said...

I just cannot get into the Christmas spirit over here. Too hot. I shall recline on the sofa and drink copious amounts of Campari and soda...

Love the look of Carnaby St!

Merisi said...

A Clausonaut! ;-)

I don't even have a list!
(Is that a bad thing, I wonder ...)

Stay warm!

Dick said...

We've got the lists done. But that's about it. Sandwiches on Christmas Day, I suspect.

Jeni said...

Fascinating picture.