But soon things improved. All kids managed to get to school on time, wearing festive red and tinsel where appropriate. Annie was all exited because she was going to play a cello duet at the schools Christmas service in the local school. The duet was brief (about 7 seconds..) and part of a longer song but beautiful and I was really proud of my Annie to play in front of the school and many parents, too.
After church I dashed off to a coffee morning and enjoyed a glass of naughty mulled wine. Next stop was the post office to collect 6 parcels that I had missed yesterday. Yes, 6! They were all for the kids, with the exception of one, which was addressed to ME. I could barely wait to open it!
When I opened the parcel it I found a lovely letter from Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse and a letter from St Nicholas personally. Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse wrote a lovely post recently about the Feast of St Nicholas, a feast that I fondly remember from childhood. I left a comment saying that St. Nicholas was a regular visitor when I was living in Switzerland but that I thought he had probably not received my change of address and never visited here, in Scotland.
Well, with the help of Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse, St Nicholas found me once more and look what he sent:
A jar of festive St. Nicholas cookies, a proper little St Nicholas bag (hessian, jus like I remember his bags to be) filled with nuts and chocolate coins and the most gorgeous tangerine.
The jar of cookies had a beautiful crochet cover:
I am really really touched and grateful for this wonderful kindness. I'll share the cookies and chocolates and nuts with my family tonight, telling them about St. Nicholas and his amazing helper, Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse. This gift made me cry with happiness. Thank you!
I just had to abandon all chores to write this short post. Now I am going to bake a few more biscuits and wrap some presents, or at least hide them before the kids get home once more. Have a lovely Friday. Cx