A 7ft Christmas tree and some of the world’s best pasties

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I wanted to ensure we didn’t come back from New York to total chaos, so this week has been ‘Mission Christmas’ to get everything in order so that when we return we don’t have a mad rush to buy last-minute presents or have to find somewhere still selling Christmas trees.

I have to have a real tree every year (please don’t judge me!). So this week not only have I done all my Christmas shopping, it’s all wrapped and neatly tucked under our beautiful 7ft tree.

We got it from the shop in Southwick just over the hill. It was a bargain at £25 and they even delivered it.

As we were nattering to the shopkeeper, Matt was eying up the enormous pasties they were selling – and we were told they were among the best in the world! That sealed the deal.