♥ Christmas had kind of lost its magic over the last 10 years or so. It just wasn’t special anymore, not like when I was a child. But this year, Christmas got its mojo back. Being a parent at Christmas is the ultimate feeling. Watching N’s face as he opened his presents, so full of intrigue when we put up our tree, it was just amazing. I love Christmas again!
♥ I took part in a Secret Santa with my mummy group. I got some awesome socks, a fab eyeshadow palette and a parenting book that has been on my “must read” list for a while. We did a Smile Exchange in the summer, which is basically the same idea but just not Christmas. I love putting together parcels for my swapees and love the element of surprise and anticipation in receiving a gift.
♥ I put our Christmas tree up as a surprise for the mister while he was at work. I even made my own decorations out of slices of dried oranges. I also made some gingerbread men out of salt dough and a salt dough print of N’s hand. The mister was really happy and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy :)
♥ I had already done my nails ready for Christmas but felt that Rudolph was looking a little lonely, so added Santa to keep him company!
♥ I had planned to do all my baking on Christmas Eve but I’d gone to bed ill so I had it ALL to do on Christmas Day. One of the things I baked were these amazing chocolate chunk cookies using a recipe from Crepes of Wrath. OMG they were amazing. I will definitely be making them again. Maybe as soon as I’ve finished writing this post...
♥ This Christmas was the first year ever that I have cooked Christmas dinner. I’ve always been to someone else’s house for – usually my parents’ – but I have now graduated to “proper grown-up” status as I have done a full-on Christmas spread for five people all by myself. Okay, so it was two adults, two children and a toddler, but hey, I still deserve a high-five as I was in the kitchen for pretty much the entire day. Apart from when we ate dinner, I didn’t sit down until gone 9pm. I well and truly earned that glass of wine!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!