Posted: 23/11/2016 at 14:41
I bring in evergreens, pine and spruce - they exude woodland smells as the house warms up. I also make pomanders with oranges and cloves (like these http://www.simplebites.net/how-to-make-spiced-orange-pomander-balls/ ) and keep some in a pretty bowl by the fireplace.
And I cook - there's always something baking, roasting or simmering when someone comes to the door - gingerbread, ginger biscuits, spiced baked gammon, baking potatoes with honey and sesame chipolatas or buffalo wings - and after Christmas there's soup on the hob, made with the carcass of whichever poultry or other beast has helped us with our festivities.
And then of course, there's mince pies and mulled wine ...................