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Secret Santa and the Christmas Market

Secret Santa has been! We do that every year at the work Christmas Party, and here is what I got.


That’s a massive bar o’ chocolate and a “talking” Chewbacca. He makes Chewie noises when you squeeze him! The little tag is my work avatar, Christmas-ified as a present tag.

I also went to the Christmas Market in the village hall. As well as sausages, bread and such I also bought this, ideal for keeping my tootsies warm.



And also this – a dinky chocolate-coated one-man Christmas cake in a little box.


I don’t really like Christmas cake all that much πŸ™‚ but I couldn’t resist the cuteness of the little cake, so I also bought a pot of Cornish clotted cream to mask the taste.



Merry Christmas, everyone!

  1. December 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I’m guessing you don’t have a weight or cholesterol problem? Love the hot water bottle cover πŸ˜‰


    • December 25, 2014 at 6:44 am

      I will have soon πŸ™‚
      When I moved house my new doctor’s surgery did all sorts of tests. Against all the odds my weight is “fine” and my cholesterol, much to my surprise, is well below the “warning” level. Then, apart from my weekly pizza and ice cream treat, I don’t go nuts on high-fat food. Except at Christmas πŸ™‚


  2. December 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Love your presents! That was awesome. And the water bottle cover is too cute, as for your Christmas cake it’s cute but there isn’t enough cream in the world to make Christmas cake enjoyable I’m afraid. There are those who love it, and those who don’t and no one lives on the middle ground. ooooo I should be careful this could ignite WWIII… LOL!
    Merry Christmas Ali!


    • December 25, 2014 at 6:46 am

      I’ve never liked fruit cake. It’s definitely a love it or hate it kind of food. I’m sure I’ll force it down, though!
      Merry Christmas!


  3. NotAPunkRocker
    December 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I was reading this and an email came through for World Market, where I can go and get clotted cream and Galaxy bars for three times the price y’all pay. I am going to pretend that isn’t a sign for me to go out now and buy such things.

    That Chewy toy is Adorable! It’s like a Chewbacca Tribble almost πŸ™‚


    • December 25, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Mmm, Galaxy bar with clotted cream num num num πŸ™‚ Seriously though, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried Galaxy but it’s one of the best chocolate bars I’ve ever tasted. Back when I was 2 stone heavier and eating half of one of those a night, it took me ages to stop. I had to wean myself off by switching down through chunky Kit Kats to biscuits to nothing. It took ages πŸ™‚

      I thought it was somewhat Tribble-like too!


  4. merbear74
    December 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Merry Christmas! I hope your Chewy doesn’t eat your Christmas cake!


    • December 25, 2014 at 6:51 am

      Oh lawks, he better not have. I thought he was getter plumper…
      Merry Christmas!


  5. December 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Very cutsie photographs going on here:) I want that hot water bottle holder! ***holds hands out “please”***
    Happy Holidays! Now, onward cake!


    • December 25, 2014 at 6:52 am

      It’s mine, mine I say πŸ™‚
      Happy Holidays, Ellespeth!


  6. December 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Ohhhh! your FF story is next in my reader 😦 I can’t read it till I do mine….I like the photo this week, whew!


    • December 25, 2014 at 6:53 am

      I never read the others ’til I do mine either. I don’t want to be influenced, or find out someone has written the same thing and have to change mine.


  7. December 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Fun gifts, perfect for you. Merry Christmas!


  8. December 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Merry Christmas… What is clooted cream? Ans, I would wear the socks!


    • December 25, 2014 at 7:00 am

      It’s actually a hot water bottle cover πŸ™‚

      Clotted cream is a very thick cream (you use a spoon to get it out of the tub). It’s a speciality of Cornwall and Devon mainly. The brand I bought (Rodda’s) is made a few miles from where I live and is the largest producer in the UK. It can only be called “Cornish Clotted Cream” if the milk comes from Cornwall (it has EU Protected Designation of Origin status).
      Most importantly, it’s yummy πŸ™‚

      Merry Christmas!


  9. December 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Ali, Merry Christmas. That hot water bottle cover is great. I hope your bottle doesn’t leak. Youe little Chewbacca is really cute. When I first saw it I thought it was a fright wig until I saw the eyes. The other comment was right. It could also be a tribble. That clotted cream sounds great. It also sounds like something I could look at and gain weight. Looks like you’re having a very good Christmas. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


    • December 26, 2014 at 5:56 am

      He is a cute little fella!
      I checked the fat content of my clotted cream – 60.5%! Heh heh. In fact 55% is the absolute minimum for it to be called “Cornish clotted cream”. I didn’t realise it was possible to get that much fat into anything.


  10. December 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I’m going to have to talk with my boss when I get back to work and ask why I don’t have a Mecca avatar….

    Merry Christmas, Drali! Or as Chewie would say, “Awwrawwr rawwr awwawwrrr”


    • December 26, 2014 at 6:02 am

      You should definitely have a Mecca avatar. It’s an outrage!
      β€œAwwrawwr rawwr awwawwrrr” to you and yours too!


  11. December 27, 2014 at 3:57 am

    yummy and useful gifts you got:and bought:) cheers!


  12. December 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Heck, I’d forgotten about Secret Santa, we used to do it when I worked in the UK. Christmas is very different here, no pressies really just lots of eating lol πŸ™‚


    • December 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      No Secret Santa 😦 Still, lots of eating sounds good πŸ™‚


  13. January 4, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I’m a week late but Merry Christmas to you. You’ve been good company those times I’ve needed a laugh this past year.
    Chew baca, ahh my man. Not a clue why even after all these years but I had the biggest crush on him from the moment I first saw him on the big screen. Strange.


    • January 4, 2015 at 6:32 am

      I hope you enjoyed your Christmas! I always enjoy seeing your comments appear in my email πŸ™‚
      Chewie does look like he’d be quite cuddly.


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