Can you believe Christmas is over and finished with already? The weather is so mild on the south coast that I don’t even feel that we are in December – it’s crazy! I was lucky enough to have a few days Annual Leave in the lead up to Christmas and I thoroughly enjoyed being pampered at the hairdressers and enjoying a Christmas Eve breakfast with Matt & my brother. It was nice to have a couple of days to relax.
Christmas Eve we have a family tradition that we always go to Carols by Candlelight at our local church, where both myself and my brother were christened, we are joined by my grandparents and my Godfathers mum for a good sing-along and it’s always followed by Chinese afterwards. It’s lovely to get together, especially if I won’t be seeing my grandparents on Christmas Day. We always have a laugh and it’s a great time to see faces in the Church that you might not have seen since last year. I often see an old School Teacher and it’s great to see her and let her know what I am up to.
Christmas Day itself seem to be here and gone before I knew it, as always I was up at 7am ready to go down and open presents. I could hear my dad pottering away downstairs putting the meat in the oven and other bits and pieces, but it didn’t sound like there was any other movement in the house, so I put on my TV and watched Prep & Landing and finished my book! It was around 9ish that my brother and mum got up and I was ready to get everyone down stairs for 9.30am! It was a push, but by 10am we had finally started opening presents, that is my favourite part seeing everyone opening their gifts! Santa delivered quite a bit to the King’s house, my brother was lucky enough to get some new clothes, a fit bit and an electric razor amongst many other things. My parents got lots of presents from family & friends including a trip to see Jersey Boys in London for my Dad & a Pandora Charm for my mum. However, I have to admit I love seeing them struggle to open presents from some lovely friends, there is always lots of cello tape and mum and dad had a race this year to see who would open the gifts first!
I was spoilt again this year by family and friends, I was gifted with bath products, lush bath bombs, jewellery, stationary, vouchers, slippers, handmade gifts, early bridesmaid gifts amongst various other bits! I thought I would share some snaps with you of some of my present haul, I will be doing a separate post about The Happy Box & Box of Happiness – so keep your eyes peeled!
Over the last few days when we have met with friends and family I have been asked many times what Matt has brought me & my reply is simple…..nothing…….they often look shocked and jib Matt for not buying me anything, but we swiftly remind them that we are going on Holiday in January and that Matt paid for me to go as a gift for my Birthday & Christmas. I am often then reminded just how lucky I am to have such a thoughtful boyfriend!
It has been a strange one this year as I have definitely not felt as Christmassy as I normally do, but I am looking forward to celebrating New Year with Matt and going on our holiday in just over a weeks’ time!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your friends & family and are looking forward to celebrating the New Year!
Lots of Love