Happy Holidays! Hope you all hade a bloody good day spent with your nearest and dearest. This year was my first Christmas off in four years, which meant the first Christmas off with the boyf as well as a lie in! Yeeeeeeesss. Right now, like the majority of people I am sort of stuck in an awkward limbo, still feeling festive in my pyjamas grazing on all the leftover nibbles, yet at the same time yearning to get up and do something productive before the celebrations of new years arrive and I fall into a semi-drunk and food fuelled coma once again. As David went back to work, it gives me a perfect excuse to crack on with some productive ‘me time’. Scrapbooking, reading my book and photography are all on the agenda, but first I want to tell you about the wonderfulness that has been the past 7 days!
Last week, you would have caught me moaning about how busy it had been at work and complaining about all the grumpy customers I had to face. It turns out, the nearer you get to Christmas, people started to cheer up and I got numerous ‘Merry Christmasses’ and ‘Happy Holidays’ thrown my way. It’s only small, but after a long and stressful day at work, it really cheered me up to have people wish me a Happy Christmas – a custom I am now going to adopt whenever I am served by someone near the holidays.
Christmas Eve Baking
As it was my first Christmas off, I decided I wanted to take the responsibility of preparing everything for the big day, snacks, mains and dessert – the lot. By the end of Christmas Eve I was absolutely knackered but it was so nice to see everything that I had accomplished – trifle, mincepie tart, mincepies, perogi, garlic bread and the vegetables prepped and ready to go. I promised myself that next year I am not cooking as much, so future me if you are reading this – do not cook everything. You will be tired.
On the evening of Chrismas Eve, me and David went for a drink with a few friends to really get us in the Christmas spirit. The first bar we went to sold mulled cider and my oh my it was delicious. I would even go as far as declaring it as even better than the classic mulled wine. If I could have bathed in a vat of mulled cider, I wouldn’t need Christmas presents.
Chilled Out Christmas
Christmas Eve was spent preparing for the big day, which meant Christmas was actually relaxing and stress-free. In the morning I made waffles for everyone before we opened all our presents, we then took a quick trip over to visit my nan before the dinner was made, which involved some serious teamwork going on between me, my mum and David. After stuffing ourselves silly, we watched Harry Potter (along with most of the nation), played a game of Trivial Pursuit and continued to watch more TV, all while complaining about how full we were. There was a tiny bit of drama in the evening with Daves family (it’s not Christmas without drama!), but on the whole, it was a lovely relaxing day that came and went too bloody quick.
Boxing Day Games
As we spent Christmas with my mum, Boxing Day was spent with Davids family. We arrived around lunch time, to open presents, have some nibbles and play some games. Davids sister had bought Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit to play and while I thought I had my Harry Potter knowledge down, it turns out I don’t know as much as I thought. Surprisingly, Davids parents are also big Harry Potter nerds and the only person who hadn’t read the books or watched the films multiple times was David – therefore it’s no surprise to say he did not win, nor did he enjoy the game all that much! He soon redeemed himself, as the next game we played was Cluedo, which he won. It was my first time, so I made a widely inaccurate guess that took me out of the game, yet it was a good laugh and I hope it’s a feature of many Christmases to come!
These ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’ you have seen scattered all over the bloggersphere have been inspired by the lovely Sally Tangle. If you want to read more then check out Jo, Helen,Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El, Kerri and Carina’s blogs and let us keep this cycle of happiness and good intentions spinning!
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