Wednesday, 28 December 2016

weekend #52: Christmas

As quickly as Christmas came, it went.
The older I get the more I realise that looking forward to the event is often just as exciting and magical as the event itself, which is why I made every effort to just enjoy this year, to live in the moment and not focus on capturing every moment for posterity. So, this post may be a little lighter on photos than regular readers have come to expect from me, but don't let that fool you - I had an amazing Christmas!

I've been feeling so tired and run down in the weeks leading up to Christmas that I decided in advance that I would spend Christmas Eve in my PJs, having a shower before dinner only to get dressed into another pair of PJs, and that's exactly what I did - it was bliss!
I started the day with a banana, strawberry and kale smoothie, hoping to not only boost my immune system but also in a futile attempt to lessen the effects of all the food I planned to consume over the coming days!

Throughout the day, Tom and I cleaned and tided, made an ox heart stew in the slow cooker (for him not me #yuk) and were visited by family we wouldn't see on Christmas Day itself; this included a visit from Tom's sister and her gorgeous new cat, Blu...
Growing up, my family always had a dog and two cats but my parents don't have cats now; I do miss them, so it was great to stroke, play with and cuddle little Blu for a few hours. 

After showers and dinner, Hubs and I settled down on the sofa (in our Christmas PJs) and watched TV...

...And when Hubs retired to bed earlier than me (standard), I played Santa by putting out our presents.

Christmas morning started the same in our house as I'm sure it did in many across the world, with presents...
We got some great gifts :)

For me, Christmas Day is one of only two days throughout the year when it is acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast (the other being your birthday!)...
We spent the rest of the morning watching Despicable Me 2, which surprisingly neither of us had seen before.

Once dressed in our Christmas jumpers, we headed over to my parents' house as they were hosting this year, where I discovered Izzy loved her Christmas gift from us, albeit a little too much :( 
Poor Rudolph!

This year, as an alternative to the traditional prawn cocktail starter, my mum decided to buy these seafood shells and they were bloody delicious...

Next came the main event...
Don't they all look festive with their cracker hats on? Incidentally, I got a yellow hat in my cracker :)

After pudding (traditional Christmas pudding and brandy sauce for me and mum, and gingerbread cheesecake for the men) and far too many After Eight Mints, Hubs, mum and I headed out for a walk with Izzy...
It was super windy and every step felt like climbing a mountain (that'll teach us to fill our bellies to bursting)! I think the fresh air did us some good though as when we got back to mums, we watched the minions movie, but both mum and I fell asleep so missed the middle section of the film.

Later than usual because the day seemed to fly by, we had some Christmas tea, which included leftover turkey, ham, sausage rolls, prawns, crab, salad, cheese, crisps, and mini pizzas...
I had such a lovely day with some of my favourite people. This year has been full of dark times but for these few days at least I focused on the light and the love in my life, and I felt all the better for it!

I hope you had a great Christmas too.

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