Friday, 15 December 2017

Christmas Traditions 2017

Two years ago I wrote all about our Christmas traditions. At the time we didn't live together and I said back then that I thought it would be fun to do an updated list when we lived together to see how things changed. So seen as this is our second Christmas living together, here is an updated list of our traditions to see what's stuck around and what's new.

Decorating a real Christmas tree - for years we decorated an artificial tree that stood at about 3ft tall (if that) in Josh's bedroom. Now we have our own place, a real Christmas tree is the only option. We personally like them so much better than artificial trees even if they're more of a pain with chopping them down to size, mounting it in the holder and sweeping up pine needles, it's more than worth it. We always like to decorate it at night too, there's just something nicer about doing it all in the glow of the fairy lights.

Watching The Muppets Christmas Carol and Polar Express on Christmas Eve - these are probably our favourite Christmas films so we always save them for Christmas Eve with our takeaway and bottle of Asti.

A bacon sandwich for Christmas Day breakfast - we always start our day, before even opening presents with a big bacon sandwich and a coffee. The best start to the best day!

Exchanging a small present on Christmas Eve - for the first 7 Christmas' we spent together we exchanged all our gifts on Christmas Eve as we wouldn't spend Christmas Day together. For the final two years before we moved in together we spent Christmas Day together so started the tradition of opening one small present each on Christmas Eve, a tradition we've continued now we live together.

Drinking Asti - a couple of years ago I introduced Josh to Asti, we both like sweet wines so prefer this over Prosecco and now we always crack open a bottle on special occasions meaning we're usually well stocked up on it over the festive period.

Having a takeaway on Christmas Eve - this has been a long standing tradition but unfortunately our favourite takeaway has closed so I'm hoping this tradition still continues this year, even though we'll have to go somewhere else.

Maltesers and Cherry Coke - this has been a tradition since we got together 10 years ago. Josh read on Myspace (yes I did just cringe at that!) that I loved Maltesers and Cherry Coke so the first thing he ever bought me was a box of Maltesers and a bottle of Cherry Coke and he's bought that present for me every year since!

Keeping Christmas Day just for us - when we moved in together we came to the decision to keep Christmas Day for ourselves. Both our parents are separated and we knew if we got into either having people to ours for Christmas dinner or going to other peoples for Christmas dinner we'd just start this huge cycle of rotating around our families which is not what we wanted. Sometimes you have to be a little bit selfish to remain happy!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Leeds Christmas Market

Last Sunday I enjoyed a girls day out with my mum and her friend at Leeds Christmas Market. We all went last year and really enjoyed the day out so think it's going to become a tradition now. While Leeds market is quite small compared to some other markets it's not too far for us to travel so it's a quick journey to get into the festive mood. There's some really lovely food and drink stalls and I definitely recommend tracking down the fried cheese stall and the drinks cabin with the singing moose outside for the best drink you'll ever have, a Snowman (mulled wine, amaretto and rum with cream!)

 The decorations in the city are really beautiful especially around Victoria Quarter. We even had a bit of snow the day we visited which added to the magic, though it did start to feel very cold after a while. If you don't live too far from Leeds, I'd definitely recommend visiting over Christmas.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Our Christmas Decorations

On Saturday evening we sipped hot chocolate, the Christmas music was playing and we decorated our house for Christmas. It has to my favourite thing about the whole festive season especially since moving in together last year. We like to wait until it's dark to start decorating to get that real cosy feel with the twinkling fairy lights. This is our second Christmas living together and it's also our 10th anniversary very soon so this time of year always feels very special and I still feel so lucky to spend my favourite time of the year with someone very special. I thought I'd share a few of our decorations with you.


Friday, 8 December 2017

The Christmas Tag

What is your favourite Christmas Movie?
All of them! Seriously though I love Christmas films. If I really had to pick I'd say Muppets Christmas Carol, Polar Express and the Disney version of Christmas Carol (with Jim Carrey) are my absolute favourites.

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Josh and I usually exchange one small present on Christmas Eve then open the rest of our present on Christmas morning.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Christmas as a child in general always fills me with fond memories, waking up early and going downstairs to find out if Santa had been. As an adult I'd say my favourite Christmas memory would be from last year, finally getting to spend Christmas in our own home, something I'd waited for for a long time.

Favourite festive food?
All of the food! Seriously I love Christmas dinner, turkey sandwiches, a party food tea but I think most of all I love bubble and squeak on boxing day.

Favourite Christmas gift?
As a child I'd have to say the huge Playmobil Victiorian house that my parents bought me one year. As an adult I'd say the ring Josh bought me around 8 years ago and the trip to Amsterdam my Dad and stepmum got us last year.

Favourite Christmas scent?
Cinnamon and gingerbread. I can't get enough of warming, spicy smells at this time of year and fill my house with candles, fragrance oils and wax melts to get the warming festive smell.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
We usually open one small present each, have a takeaway for tea and then watch Muppets Christmas Carol and Polar Express.

What tops your tree?
A glittery star.

As a kid, what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I don't think I ever asked for anything wild or extravagant, I remember wanting one of those doll styling heads that you could put makeup on and style its hair for many years but I never got one. I also remember being given the choice one year of presents or a trip to Disneyland and I chose presents and adult me still regrets that decision!

What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Definitely the run up to it. I mean I start getting excited for Christmas in September but when the Christmas ads start appearing in November I get a little bit more excited then as soon as December 1st rolls around, that's it it's just full blown excitement from that point on. From festive days out, decorating the tree and wrapping presents I love everything leading up to Christmas.