Even at the age of 26, the excitement of Christmas has not yet gone away. I stayed at Anthony’s on Christmas Eve and so on Christmas Day morning, we both ran downstairs and sat by the Christmas tree to swap our presents to each other.
I was so excited to finally give Anthony his presents and he bought me such thoughtful gifts. I then quickly got changed into my Christmas dress and drove back to mine so I could have breakfast with my family. We always have boiled ham and toast with champagne for breakfast on Christmas day and so I didn’t want to miss the family tradition.
Mum collected my Nanny whilst the rest of us laid the table ready for dinner and resisted all urges to peek under the tree.
Once Nanny was home, we finally had permission to open presents. We always like to drag the present opening out so that it is not rushed and we can enjoy looking at each present. We all work so hard during the year and get a lot of enjoyment out of buying lovely and thoughtful gifts for each other at Christmas time.
My parents bought me a beautiful pink leather make up bag from Aspinal of London. I love it so much and it’s something that I will always have. I’m so scared that I’m going to mark it though and cleaned all of my make up before I filled the bag. I’m not sure how long it will stay immaculate though…
My brother and his girlfriend bought me this incredible Vogue print from 1921, I love it so much and can’t wait to put it on my bedroom wall (excuse the crouched down ‘photographer’ in the photo – I will post a proper photo on my Instagram when I put it up on my wall).
My very clever Dad also made me an incredible keyring out of metal.
His handmade gift to Mum wasn’t quite as practical though…
Once we had finished unwrapping, we had a quick tidy up and got ready for lunch. I love that bit in between opening presents and lunch and I always can’t stop looking at my new things.
Pigs in blankets are without a doubt, the best bit of Christmas dinner.
Mum is such a good cook and did an amazing Christmas dinner which was soon followed by a traditional Christmas pudding.
Christmas Day evening consisted of eating and drinking A LOT, watching Vicar of Dibley and Only Fools and Horses (it wouldn’t be Christmas without these old classics), and playing board games.
The next day we went to my Aunty Jayne’s house for a Boxing Day gathering. I got to play with my adorable cousin Freddie…
…and Essie, my new dog-cousin.
Although I think Essie was pretty exhausted from the Christmas celebrations.
After a lovely 2 days celebrating with my family, the next day we had to get up at 5am for a trip to the Isle of Wight to visit Anthony’s Aunty.
The long journey was made infinitely better by having a kitten in the car with us. Anthony’s cousin is looking after his friend’s kitten so I had 2 hours of cuddles.
Anthony attempted to calm the cat down with music…
We drove to Portsmouth to catch the ferry. As it was still quite early at this point, the sun was still waking up so I walked on to the deck to admire the view.
Anthony’s dad crashed his plane in the Isle of Wight years ago and so we had a slight detour to see the woods where he ‘landed’.
We spent most of the day in the house chatting and eating but had time for a quick stroll around their local town.
We saw a sign for a second hand book shop and so we had to go inside. I have never seen a shop so full in my life! It was a 3 storey building and every single nook and cranny had books piled high and there were books covering every subject you could think of.
Annoyingly both Mum and I caught a sickness bug and so were pretty much bed bound until New Year’s Eve. Although this was less than ideal and meant that we couldn’t go out for days like we had hoped to, on the plus side, it meant that I was unable to continue eating my weight in chocolate.
We had a fairly quiet New Year’s Eve with family this year which was lovely.
We started our celebrations by having dinner with my family so that we could toast the New Year together.
After dinner, we drove to Anthony’s house to play card games and have drinks with his family.
Anthony’s Aunty has the cutest dogs who curl up like babies when they get given attention. They are adorable!
Minus the sickness bug, I had a lovely Christmas break spending time with the people I love and I hope that you had all had a lovely break too.
Happy New Year – here’s to a happy and successful 2017! Thank you for reading 🙂