I never really like this time of year. I love the build up to Christmas; the lights, the food, making that extra effort to see friends and family. But January always seems to come around far too quickly and it suddenly isn’t acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast anymore.
I do, however, like the positive feelings that a new year can bring. We’re so lucky to be able to start the new year looking back on the things that have made us happy over the festive period, and so that’s exactly what this post is all about.
Here are the things that made me happy this Christmas…
One of my favourite things about Christmas is the fact that there is always an excuse to bake. This Christmas, I fully embraced the festive baking trend and spent most of my spare time throwing together recipes and forcing sweet treats upon friends and family throughout the month. Mince Pies, Gingerbread Men and Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits are a few things that I made on repeat throughout December. This much sugar is only ever acceptable at this time of year!
Just before Christmas, a friend of Wayne’s Mum’s invited us over for a Christmassy evening of Baileys coffee and nail art. The lovely Chloe is incredibly talented and all of her creations are painted free hand. It was such a fun evening and I couldn’t stop looking at my Christmas nails!
Catchups With Faraway Friends
The best thing about Christmas is seeing the friends you haven’t seen in a while; even more so when those friends have been living on the other side of the world for the past two years. Zach and Sarah made the trip home from Australia for Christmas and it was SO good to see them. A group of us headed out for a catchup dinner, and my camera roll of blurry photos is a happy reminder of our Prosecco fuelled evening!
The great thing about going home for Christmas is the amount of dog cuddles I can squeeze in. Crumpet, my Dad’s Parson Russell puppy, is a regular on my Instagram, but this year I also got to meet my cousin’s French Bulldog, Cece! I hate not being able to have a dog in London so spending some time with these furry friends was definitely a highlight of my Christmas break.
Christmas Day has always been fairly busy in our household, but this year it was busier than ever. My Grandad isn’t very well and so not knowing how he might be feeling on Christmas Day itself meant that we wanted to be as flexible as possible. Luckily, he was feeling up to visitors and so after a breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with Wayne’s parents we headed across to Bath to meet my family at my Grandparent’s house. We ate (not so traditional) pulled pork sandwiches, opened presents, and got to spend some quality time with my Nan and Grandad.
Later that afternoon we headed back to my Mum’s house where Wayne’s family and some more friends joined us for dinner and drinks. We ate lots of food, drank lots of Prosecco and played lots of silly games. It was a slightly different one, but still everything a Christmas Day should be.
Boxing Day in the Countryside
Every year we spend Boxing Day with my Dad and Step-Mum at their house in Lacock. We made our way into the village for a drink, wandered across the fields and through the lanes before settling down to a huge lunch. This has become one of my favourite Christmas traditions and it’s always nice to get some proper country air after all of the December madness.
I received so many lovely things for Christmas from friends and family, but my favourite gift came from Wayne. He gave me this beautiful Colosseum charm from Pandora and I’ve been wearing it every day since. Not only do we both love Rome and feel really at home in the city, but it was also the place Wayne chose to propose a year ago. Wayne is also completely and utterly obsessed with the film Gladiator (so much so that we spend hours at the Colosseum whenever we are in Rome) so I’m pretty certain sentimentality wasn’t the only reason for his choice!
A New Year’s Day Wedding
I’ve never really been a fan of New Year’s Eve, but this year it was a special one. The day of Bridget and Dave’s wedding had finally arrived and it really was the perfect day. I was so honoured to be asked to be one of Bridget’s Bridesmaids and loved being a part of their day. They are just the loveliest couple and I couldn’t be happier for the new Mr and Mrs O’Mahony!
January really can be a fairly bleak month, but luckily my Sister has taken it upon herself to turn her Birthday into a bit of an event. What better way to get over the January blues and celebrate a Birthday? A City Break! This is the third year we have gone away for the weekend in celebration of Gabby’s Birthday (previous destinations being Berlin and Madrid), and this year we are heading to Venice. January is so much better with something fun to look forward to and I can’t wait to spend the weekend in such a beautiful city. And eat lots of pasta, of course!
Happy New Year!