A year goes fast, and today it was time for the annual Guiseley Infant and Nursery School Christmas Fair.
Having spent four hours at the school yesterday helping to set things up, Vanessa was determined to reap her rewards at the adult tombola. She failed.
But thankfully another treat lay in store.
On the way out, we called into a converted classroom to see our friend Ruth - a proud servant of Guiseley Baptist Church - who was taking some pics on behalf of the congregation. And they were pics with a difference.
Ruth doesn't do things by halves. And so the sight of a full-size stable and manger set shouldn't have been a shock. Neither should the rows of costumes on offer to families wishing to dress up for their very own Christmas picture.
Needless to say it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
My mother has always said I'd be a star one day.
Let the festive season begin.