Christmas feels SO long ago, it is a little strange to be re-visiting it. I share photos from Christmas every year so I thought I’d keep up the tradition! My SD card broke half way through the day so I didn’t get to photograph as much as I’d like to – hopefully these pet pictures make up for it. This year, my Grandpa and his wife came to stay and brought Bella the lab with them as well as their new puppy dog, Polly. I hadn’t met Polly before so it was fun getting to play with her! On Christmas Eve we watched The Tailor of Gloucester, as per tradition. I know the dialogue off by heart I’ve seen it so many times, but the illustrations of Gloucester covered in snow and the magic of the animals coming alive on Christmas Eve still warms my heart. This is the first year we watched it on DVD instead of VHS – high tech or what!
Christmas morning has always consisted of opening Santa presents in my parents room (no I’m not too old for Santa thank you very much) followed by porridge for breakfast. We sometimes open a couple of presents from under the tree before lunch, but save some for the evening. Archie even got a present from his bunny sitter this year! Lunch is a long drawn out affair, with nibbles and champagne throughout the middle of the day, before my Mum’s incredible roast dinner is served. People sometimes ask me what I eat on Christmas day as a vegan, but it actually hasn’t changed a lot. My Mum makes an incredible nut roast and I sometimes have some veggie sausages, but the rest of the meal is the same.
Since Oscar and I became grown-ups, a Christmas day walk has found its way into our traditional activities. It’s actually one of my favourite parts of Christmas and the weather this year was bright but cold, just the way I like it. There’s nothing better than a brisk walk to shake off the post-lunch sluggishness and I like to make the most of the available countryside at my parents’ house when I’m there to visit. We even managed a walk in one of my favourite places in the world, Bradgate Park, on Boxing Day. Apparently everyone else in Leicestershire had the same idea and it was chaos with so many dogs wanting to sniff each other!
As well as the Tailor of Gloucester, Miracle on 34th Street and the Blackadder Christmas Carol are a must-watch for our family every year. I love Christmas traditions and there’s something comforting about re-watching things that you’re so familiar with. I also like to see Edward Scissorhands and the Nightmare Before Christmas around the festive period, but that’s a tradition I share with only myself. What are your favourite films? What did you get up to on Christmas day?