The past month or so has been spent prepping for Christmas. I spent a couple of weekends doing crazy amounts of Christmas shopping, and hours and hours wrapping everything. I realised being prepared is incredibly annoying when you live in a small house and have to spend a month tripping over presents and decorations. We put the tree up, did the yearly trip to the Leeds German Christmas market with our friends, and got annoyed when we had to go to work in the snow. I got a small promotion at work, which I’d spent ages working hard for, and we celebrated with an amazing meal at Jamie’s Italian. It’s been a fairly quiet couple of months on the socialising front, because everyone’s so busy at this time of year, but I’ve kind of enjoyed spending more time relaxing at home.
Christmas Eve was split between mine and Andy’s family, involving a mix of chinese food, early present-opening and lovely catch-ups. We opened lots of presents at Andy’s grandparents’ house, as we wouldn’t see them on Christmas morning, which really got me feeling festive. I’d not been feeling very Christmassy at all this year, so it was really nice to finally get into the spirit.
After a few hours there, we went down to my parents’ house for a lovely chinese takeaway, some Christmas Eve boxes which involved really noisy voice-changer toys, and relaxing on the sofa watching It’ll Be Alright on The Night.
Christmas Day is a bit of a blurry, tired mess, to be honest. I barely got any sleep after Christmas Eve, because I stupidly thought I could fight the rest of my cough without any medication, which resulted in being up most of the night in pain. I still had an amazing time, even though the majority of it was spent trying not to fall asleep on the sofa.
Yes, this is the second year in a row where I’ve fallen asleep watching Gremlins. Oops.
This year, my sister got us all tonnes and tonnes of presents and I felt like I was a child again. It took us hours to open them all and we even had to have a couple of tea breaks because it was so tiring!
I also surprised my mum and sister with a Pandora bracelet each, and I absolutely loved seeing their faces as they opened them. They definitely weren’t expecting them! My mum has since spent all her Christmas money on the Pandora website to fill her bracelet, so I’m sure my dad is tired of hearing about charms, clips and safety chains. #SorryNotSorry
The rest of the day was spent eating food, watching telly and playing Christmas-themed games. I also ended up wearing a velcro Christmas pudding hat so my family could throw balls at my head. Why do things like this happen every year?!
Click here to see last year’s ridiculousness…
On Boxing Day we went back to Andy’s grandparents’ house for a nice festive buffet lunch, where I ate way more than I should have. They had some absolutely amazing mini steak and ale pies, which I definitely need to eat again and again and again and again and again. Unfortunately, we had to leave early as I wasn’t feeling well, but it was still nice all the same.
Here are a few of the things I got this year:
The rest of this week involved lovely meals with friends, an amazing day out for afternoon tea with my mum and sales shopping. Oh, and getting the house organised. We got so many presents that we could barely move for gift bags, so I ended up having to rearrange things in the hope of getting the presents away. It’s still not quite sorted, but at least we can move now.
In other news, I’m taking some time away from blogging, which means there’ll be no posts for a month or so. This is because I’ve spent the last three years or so thinking about the blog pretty much constantly. This might seem weird, because I’m hardly a regular poster, but most nights over the past few years have been spent attempting to write posts and procrastinating, or taking half-decent photos to accompany them. As much as I love blogging, I’d really like a month to reorganise my priorities and see how I can fit blogging into my life, rather than trying to fit my life around blogging. I want to see what I’d do with my evenings without the pressure of getting posts out. I’ll still be reading and commenting on all your posts, I just won’t be staring at my WordPress dashboard for hours on end.
And hopefully I’ll come back in February as a more organised and happier blogger.
Hope you all had lovely Christmases and see you in February!