Santa’s Elf

Papa Noel has it all figured out. Hire Elves. Let them do the planning, crafting (buying), wrapping, labelling, destination organisation, load the sleigh, harness the reindeer, so all he as to do is don his red suit, fly, eat minces and hand out presents. Lucky b*gger.

Apart from a few friends presents, I somehow pulled off the great feat of all the Christmas present shopping and wrapping done this weekend and in the post today. Some elf help wrapping would have been nice. Nearly 3 hours and two BBC Sherlock Holmes episodes it took me to wrap, decorate and label this years presents, only for them to be ripped open in 5 seconds flat! Attention’s in the detail. I appreciate a nicely wrapped gift, so maybe one member of my family will notice! Even if they don’t, I’ll know they’ll look nice under the tree. I incidently wrapping discovered a new yoga mat use. The floor’s the only place with enough space for me to spread out and get down to wrapping but it isn’t the softest of places to sit (well, it’s wooden floor). I was quite impressed with myself. Only one pen mark.


Anyways, I hope you had a great weekend! Apart from present hunting and wrapping, mine was the usual. Gym Saturday, run Sunday, snuggle with the cats, too much time on the internet and not what I should be doing. I did start sorting out the place a bit, come up with a business name and take a trip to a different part of the city centre, because even though the most shops are the same and I ended up back in the usual area I shop, you know it’s somewhere different.

I’ll let the photos do get talking and if you know the name of that Christmas song in lights (see below), please shout as it’s bugging me something crazy!

Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona

I think this is Hark The Harold Angels, but it’s in Catalan so it could be anything! Thank you to the car who waited for me to take this shot! Gran Via, Barcelona.

Down a side street off Passeig de Gracia.

Passeig de Gracia

Sunday’s 14km run turnaround point back to Barcelona. It was a hard run, arch issues, several to do lists playing on my mind and I miss trails. As much as this route is pretty, I do miss running and biking trails! IMG_0622

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Would you like some Elf help with it?! Do you have a designated wrapping area, or end up on the floor like me?


  1. says:

    The street lights are amazing! How fun and festive! Oh and those gift wraps make me wish Christmas day was today! 😉 xo~ Lena

    1. says:

      Thank you! Someone noticed! And yes the lights are amazing. They like to go all out here! xo Nat

  2. Wow Natalie, you really do a nice job of gift wrapping.
    Did most of my shopping last weekend, but nothing has been wrapped. Some Elf help in that part would be great! 🙂

    1. says:

      Elf help with a lot of things would be fantastic! And well done to doing nearly all your shopping last weekend!

    2. says:

      Thank you!

  3. says:

    Love the photos. Looks so festive. I got some shopping done on Saturday. Yippee!

    1. says:

      Yay! Hope it wasn’t as crowded as it was here!

    2. says:

      Thank you!

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