To state the obvious, I love Christmas! I was home in Leicestershire with my parents and brother, my Grandpa and his wife and a family friend who visits for dinner every Christmas. This year I documented the details of my day with a new camera lense that I found under the tree (thanks Dad!) My Mum did a beautiful job of decorating the house, and I dressed up for the occasion in my lacy Widow dress and a vampy LA Splash lipstick in Valentina. My brother and I found our Santa sack in the morning, my favourite gift being a customised Winnie the Pooh book that I had been written into! We had a lazy morning of chatting and eating snacks in the morning. Now that me and Oscar are no longer children (*sniff sniff*) we open family presents later in the day and have our Christmas dinner in the mid-afternoon. My Aunt’s Labrador Bella comes to visit every other Christmas and I love watching her interact with Archie the bunny rabbit. Bella always looks sad because she knows that she’s not allowed to bite Archie, so she moves away to avoid his curious advances.
For dinner I eat mostly the same as everyone else (including the most delicious roast potatoes, cooked in the aga!) but with a nut roast and veggie sausages as my main. Our family friend brought along dates stuffed with cardamon cashew nut butter for me, which were incredibly delicious and I definitely want to recreate them. It’s tradition that we go for a walk in the countryside after dinner but this year was dark and rainy – even though it’s been unseasonably warm – so we didn’t go far. Of course the evening was spent on the sofa, playing trivia games and watching the telly. It’s always a fairly low-key day for us but I love it so much. Unless we’re on holiday or eating dinner together it’s rare that I have my family all together in one room with their full attention – everyone’s usually got so many things to do. It’s cheesy but the extra time with family really is the best (sometimes the most challenging) part of the holidays. It’s quite a reflective time and it can be bittersweet to remember the less-than-perfect parts of the year or people who are absent. With a couple of health worries in my family I was thinking especially this year about how lucky I am to be surrounded by them and tried to savour those moments. How was your Christmas day?