I took my two American friends to a National Trust property today: Waddesdon Manor. It was all decked out for Christmas with twinkling lights and wonderfully opulent trees ponderous with baubles and ribbons. The various dining rooms were laid out with amazing sets of silver and crockery (including some crockery turned into an incredible candelabrum). It was a wonderfully warming pre-Christmas activity. The mulled wine certainly helped with the warming! Advent Sunday tomorrow and I'm feeling Christmassy already. Oh dear!