Thanks for visiting what I think is the last Five on Friday before THE BIG DAY! I know, it's come round rather quickly!! Thanks Amy for all the Fives this year, I've really enjoyed joining in and getting to know all the lovely people out there that read your blog and now read mine, leaving such kind messages.
Keeping with the festive theme, here are my five:
One - Cards
I really look forward to receiving cards and letters from friends and relations, many of which I don't see from one year to the next. I love the so-called round robins which are so vilified - I just don't know why, as nothing pleases me more than hearing how well people are doing, seeing their photos and sharing their plans.
Two - Presents
We have a couple of presents under the tree already. I like to look at them and wonder. That's the best bit. Anticipation! Small homemade presents are wonderful.
Three - Crackers
There's nothing dafter than a Christmas cracker but we wouldn't be without them, would we. After the BANG, out pops a hat, a joke and a present. Then the toys go in the drawer and gradually increase in numbers, well they might be useful one day!
Four - Snow
Traditionally, it's snowy at Christmas but in actual fact we're more likely to have snow between January and March. A white Christmas is defined by the Met Office as one snowflake falling somewhere in the UK during the 24 hours of 25th December. It was more likely to happen in the 18th and 19th centuries. Have a look at this website to see a chart of Christmas snowfall from 1959 to the present.
Five - New Year
We have a great many anniversaries to look forward to in the UK next year -
950th Battle of Hastings
400th William Shakespeare's Death
300th Capability Brown
350th Great Fire of London
200th Charlotte Bronte's birth
150th Beatrix Potter's birth
100th Roald Dahl's birth
That's going to keep us all busy plus there's the Rio Olympics too!
All the very best to you all for Christmas and the New Year if you aren't able to call in again.