O Christmas Tree

Its that time of year again, when Dad & I head out together in search for the perfect tree! It has been a family tradition now for several year. When I was still living at home, we would put the tree up the day it was brought and I would be the one to decorate the tree.

As Matt & I moved out December last year, we just had a little tiny tree as we weren’t really set for Christmas. However, this year, we are set! We have some decorations up, lights in the windows and I put aside money to get a decent sized tree. Matt is a bit of Grinch when it comes to Christmas, so told me that I should get a tree that was a little bigger than last year, but no where near what my dad gets.

I headed out with my Dad and he was telling me that he had seen some really nice trees at our local Tesco Store with my mum at the weekend and he felt we should head there first. So we did, an unusual place to purchase a tree! The lad that was out in the cold carpark surrounded by trees was really friendly and was happy to get out as many trees as we wanted to find our perfect tree.

When he pulled out a smaller tree for me, as soon as he stood it up I noticed there was a wonky bit at the top and I knew then it was going to be our tree. For those of you that remember last year, our tree was a little wonky then, its only right that we keep on that tradition! I got the tree home and with some help from dad, got it up and watered. After Dad headed out, I hoovered up the stray needles and then got out all of my Christmas Tree decorations. Most of them I brought last year, but some I took with me from my parents and others have been brought for us.

With The Santa Clause playing in the background, the tree started to become alive with twinkling fairy lights, shades of gold, red and & white. After about an hour, the tree is complete and Christmas has definitely arrived!

I love that our tree is now up, it certainly feels like Christmas has arrived! We have so many decorations on our tree and most of them have a special meaning or have been given to us by special people in our lives. Although all my decorations match to some extent, they are all unique and individual and for me that is the best thing about a Christmas Tree!

So, have you got your tree up yet? What is your favourite decoration?

Emma xx

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Festive

I am coming to the end of 4 days off work, making a lovely weekend extended to a 6 day weekend! Its been a nice way to start the festivities!

On Friday, my parents & I headed to Bath for the Christmas Market. I have to say it is one of the best ones I have been to and I am gutted I didn’t have more money to spend on the day. There were lots of stalls with unique gifts, food and drink and I could have easily spent a fortune. However, I am on a tight budget this month which helped and meant that I didnt waste my money on things I didn’t need. My parents however brought an abundance of things from chutneys to wreaths, however I have to say our best purchase was some fudge. I love fudge and I love it even more when it is Christmas Cake flavoured & looked like a Christmas Cake too. It was sooooo good! I am gutted I only got 1 small slab, I could easily eat so much more of it! Disappointingly, I only got 2 photo’s of the day. Well, I say its disappointing, it just means you will need to head there for yourselves and see just how good it is!

 

Saturday, for those of you that follow me on Facebook will know that Matt was working on Saturday unexpectedly, so I took full advantage and decided to put some Christmas decorations up! However, I cant help but feel that compared to my parents house that our home is so bare! However, I need to keep reminding myself that we have only been here a year, my parents have been buying Christmas decorations now for over 30 years! If you want to keep up with my Christmas events, search on Instagram for #christmasat36

Then Monday, Hayley & I had a date booked in for a spot of Christmas shopping and a spot of brunch! It was really nice to have just a chilled Monday around the shops, catching up and ticking things off the shopping list! I budgeted and spent all my budget, but I got what I needed and managed to do some window shopping too! We even managed to sneak a trip to our favourite garden centre where the Christmas goodies are by the truck load!

Its been a lovely long weekend and today was even better as I got my TREE!!! But That’s for another post!

Emma xx

Parties

Wow, can you believe I went to 2 Christmas parties at the weekend and its not even December! It has kick started the festive season off nicely as I now have at least 1 Christmas event each week in the lead up to the big day and I cannot wait!

With that said, this weekends events all revolved around work. Spending time with old friends and celebrating with the current teams! It was great to let my hair down after a busy year and just enjoy getting dressed up, eating food and drinking plenty!

Anyway I wanted to share some pictures with you from my Friday night. Some of you will know that my boss of almost 9 years left the company in April. She grew to be more than just a boss and I am confident that my fellow work buddies and I have missed having her around daily on more than 5 occasions since she left. A month or so ago, we were struggling with various different things and decided that a girls night at Sue’s was just what we needed. So the date was set and we all ended our Friday at work excited for all the food and drink that would be consumed! It was so nice to be around each other again and just enjoy each others company. I haven’t managed to see Sue as much as I would have liked to since April, but she is still an important part of who I have become.

Thank You Sue for a wonderful night!

Ladies Night

Saturday night was great fun, our 2nd annual aunties/nieces/cousins/cousin in law/sister in law night out. Just generally the younger female generation of the family on a boozy night out! Our group has grown since this all started many years ago, when we had planned days out in London. However, more recently we have decided to stick to food and drinks – beacuse lets not lie, who doesnt love food and drink!

Our venue of choice was Turtle Bay & Sprinkles in Southampton, however a few of us met up early to hit the Christmas Market before hand! Here is a lovely selection of photo’s of our evening!

One Crazy Saturday!

Yes, this happened on Saturday – Christmas At The Kings – 6 months early!

Blogging To Christmas Part IV

Tradition

Every family has their own unique way of celebrating Christmas & getting the house ready. There are 3 traditions that we have done for as long as I can remember as a family and I would like to share those with you tonight.

Carols By Candlelight
My mum and dad have taken me and my brother to church on Christmas Eve ever since we were babies, my grandparents always come with us too. One of my first memories of Christmas is coming back from church in our old house and getting my tray ready and showing my grandparents what I was leaving for Santa! As the years have gone by, I have learnt it’s my grandad who eats the mince pie and my mum drinks the milk! Over time my godfathers mum has joined us and Matt now comes along too, we all love a singsong and come home for Chinese food, unfortunately we no longer leave a tray out for Santa!

Christmas Tree’s
When we moved into our current house I believe we started to buy a real Christmas tree each year, it’s not a massive memory, but definitely over the last 6/7 years it’s been me and dad that go and get the tree. We used to go to the same place, but they closed down 2 years ago, so we are looking at different places. I love a real tree the smell is amazing! It’s always my job to decorate our tree and all of our decorations apart from a few have been sent over by my godparents in the states! This year, because we have got a new sofa we had to be careful what shape tree, it couldn’t be too busy and I think we got the perfect one!

Christmas Eve Breakfast

This started when my brother was about 4 maybe younger, my mum dropped us at McDonalds Christmas Eve and ever since then we have generally always tried to have breakfast. Unfortunately this year I have to work so Matt is going in my place! I normally go for Eggs Benedict and Joe will normally have a massive fry up! Either way, we fill our bellies ready to help prep the veggies before going to Church!

So those are 3 of my favourite traditions this time of year, what are yours??

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