We marked the start of advent with our annual trip to the garden centre so the Podlings could pick out their Christmas tree ornaments. As usual Tom chose his first, a china snowman that is really a bell. For Alex we picked out a blown glass car with a miniature Christmas tree tied to the roof. It couldn't be anything else for our car-obsessed baby boy. The girls took ages to choose, but eventually Lily settled on a white sparkly deer and Emma, a lover of all things snow, picked out a sparkly three dimensional snowflake. We had a lovely time looking at all the Christmas decorations and enjoying the lights. I always look forward to this family tradition that marks the start of the Christmas season for us.