I'm ready! The presents are wrapped, the evening meal is prepared and our daughters' rooms are waiting, warm flannelette sheets on the beds, new hot water bottles bought, waiting for their arrival by train and by car.
The only present that we open on Christmas Eve is a picture book, everything else waits, in its decorated wrapping paper, for Christmas morning. I try to find a really beautiful book that is appropriate for Christmas. This Oscar Wilde edition is a favourite from several years ago, with images very appropriate for the weather that we have been experiencing for far too many weeks now.
This year I have bought Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales, selected and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, one of my favourite illustrators. We shall unwrap tonight. I'm being very good and haven't looked inside it yet. (Honestly, Santa.)