Oh my stars, what a Christmas! We are all jolly hollied out and in that lovely state of post-Christmas, pre New Years limbo where it’s perfectly acceptable to be busy doing absolutely nothing. As much as I love the run up to Christmas I do so enjoy this little bit of downtime before the hustle and bustle begins anew.
On Christmas Eve Bubs opened her special box of goodies and devoured the marshmallows before breakfast; something I’m not keen to repeat as the resulting sugar high had her bouncing off the walls. We then settled into our usual Eve-time routine of baking treats (mum-in-law), decorating the Christmas cake (me) and ‘helping’ (Bubs) while the guys kept the dogs occupied and out from under our feet. Afterwards we watched Buddy – The Elf Musical. I am not a fan of the original movie at all, it’s far too cringeworthy for my tastes, but I think the animated version might just make it onto our top 10 Christmas movies list.
Christmas Day began at the ungodly hour of 3:15am when Bubs woke up from a nightmare and came creeping into our room. I, being the softy I am and hating to see my little girl so upset, suggested that we see if Santa had been and the rest is a blur of ribbon, bows and paper. Santa was very kind to her this year and brought her her very own Rose Petal Cottage while her Daddy, Nana and I took care of the rest of her wishlist. “A camera of my own” check, “A very bouncy ball” check, “A scooter” check. And of course she was thoroughly spoiled by her Grandad, uncles and our extended family. What a lucky girl!
We ate Christmas Dinner by candlelight and both the atmosphere and the food were wonderful. Knowing that the brussels sprouts and parsnips came from the allotment made them taste that much sweeter too. Oh I would eat by candlelight every night if I could. But while candlelight makes everybody and everything look beautiful it isn’t so great for crisp, sharp photographs. My poor camera struggled even at its highest ISO and there has been a lot of tweaking in Lightroom but I think that the graininess adds to the charm – or at least I keep telling myself it does!
New Years Eve will be spent relaxing at home and I intend on seeing in the New Year in the same way I have done for years. Fast asleep in bed. I am not a party girl and never have been. But being snuggled up, cosy and half asleep? Oh yes, that’s me to a T.
Happy New Year!