Christmas is coming (and here’s the proof)!

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things festive and Christmas-y. It’s my all-time favourite time of the year and I love making the most of it, after all we’re only allowed to celebrate this joyous festive occasion for a short period of time. So it seems crazy to me that we don’t start the celebrations until October at the earliest – madness I tell you! Anyway less ranting from me and let’s get back to this post! As a fan of this amazing event you can imagine that I would be massively excited about any sign that it’s time to get celebrating Christmas and so far I’ve spotted the following signs that Christmas is on its way. Hip hip hooray!

Costa have launched their Christmas cups (they’ve never done that before, have they?) and they are absolutely awesome – look at them! So far I’ve only tried the Snowman and gingerbread man cup but I’m pretty sure the other options of an elf and Santa himself will be just as awesome when I finally do. And of course the Starbucks red cups are back too, they basically epitomise Christmas don’t they? Also have you seen Starbucks’ new biscuits, red and white candy canes that taste scrumptious. I can’t recommend them enough!

The Christmas adverts have started to launch. Now I don’t know when it became a sign of Christmas, but over the last few years, particularly thanks to John Lewis there has most definitely been a week where Christmas ads are heralded like new signings for Manchester United. The build up and buzz they create is almost epic, and I admit I quite like it. We all know John Lewis have done some awesome ones over the years, (my favourite was this little boys excitement at giving a gift), but their Bear and Hare one for this year isn’t my favourite. Don’t get me wrong it’s cute and it’s definitely an improvement on last years awful snowman one, but it’s not quite festive enough for me I’m afraid. I think my favourite of all on the round-up here, is the Boots one (below). Isn’t it a lovely one? Not only is there snow and presents, there’s a lovely sentiment there and I like how it turns stereotypes on there head, unlike some of the big supermarkets last year with their stressed out Mum focussed ads last year.

Although it also feels remiss for me not to mention Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, which is actually a 50 minute film. How awesome is that! They’ve essentially asked people to film their Christmas and then spliced bits together. I’ve only seen the first trailer for it so far, but it’s absolutely brilliant. It captures the spirit of Christmas brilliantly and the end brought a tear to my eye.

So yet another sign that Christmas is coming? The fact that the Christmas sandwiches are here, hooray to that! I’ve not yet treated myself to one, but I know it’s only going to be a matter of time. After all Christmas sandwiches are epic as it’s like having a Christmas dinner in one bit – genius!

Finally the Spirit of Christmas happened last week and it was full of festive cheer. Not only did I have hours (literally) of fun looking for gift ideas, but there was also a load of yummy treats to try and finally lots of super-duper decorations to buy – I may have got a little carried away on one particular stall, oops!

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Have you spotted any other signs that tell you Christmas is imminent? What have I missed?

Also one other thing, this will be the very last post on this here blog. Sad I know but I’ve been contemplating changing the design of this bloglet for a while and that’s just not possible using WordPress without an awful lot of faffing. So after much consideration I’ve decided to take the leap over to Blogger and from now on you can find me at The Adventures of Fi. So when you need your fix of nattering about coffee, brownies, Christmas (of course), clothes and my inability to run, I will look forward to seeing you over there! See you soon, you lovely peeps – it’s been ace nattering with you over here. xxx

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Festive Fun

So this weeks round-up is going to be all about festive frivolities, hooray! I promise I’ll try not to bore you with too much waffle about presents and scrumptious food, but I might not have any other choice as apart from those two things and lots of TV that’s pretty much been my week, and it’s been fabulous! It’s just been so nice to sit and veg out, playing games, spending time with family and not have to worry about work.

So Christmas Eve was really relaxed and revolved around present wrapping, biscuit baking (check out our slightly burnt shortbread – I think they resemble Gingerbread more than shortbread to be honest but at least they tasted scrumptious!), a fish and chips dinner, The Snowman and The Snowdog and board games galore.

Once we were all up on Christmas morning we discovered that Santa had been – phew! – and all tucked in to our stockings. My sisters, Mum and I all wore our penguin onesies, aren’t the feet amazing!! We then watched brilliant Christmas TV and went for a freezing cold, rainy walk where we got absolutely drenched but it was fantastic anyway and made me very ready for my massive Christmas lunch, hooray! It was scrumptious, as per usual, although we did almost forget the sprouts, oopsy. Thankfully we remembered in the end and we were able to eat them and dinner wasn’t ruined.

After lunch we opened our Christmas presents and everyone was so so generous this year, I was blown away! I got lots of lovely things but I think my absolute favourites were the gorgeous Rob Ryan plate, our family friends’ Welsh Cake recipe, the below gold whale necklace and these scrumptious dark chocolate m&m’s. Everything was just perfect! After some Christmas TV we played more board games, even one that was about English Train lines courtesy of my Dad which shockingly was brilliant, and I ate my first slice of Christmas cake – yum yum.

Boxing Day started in a very crazy non-relaxing strenuous way with a walk followed by a run in the woods. This run in the woods was meant to be all downhill and only half an hour. It ended up having 6 (yes 6 hills!), being 45 minutes long and over three miles long. But I’m impressed with myself for doing it all in the end, even if I did have to walk some – okay a lot of it, simply because of the amount of food in my stomach after Christmas Day! In the afternoon I watched crappy TV (Muppets Christmas Carol – brilliant!) and painted my nails with all my new nail varnishes – what do you think of the dotty designs? In the evening we went to watch The Hobbit which is absolutely fantastic, I can’t do it justice at all in my description. It was great to see favourite characters from the last films, Martin Freeman was superb, the dwarfs were hilarious, Richard Armitage was gorgeous, moody and excellent and it ended brilliantly – I can barely wait for the next one, roll on December 2013!

Thursday involved schlepping (what a brilliant word) around town searching for a new bed for Lau, sadly we didn’t find anything but we did at least narrow things down for her – hooray! After a stressful morning we watched movies all afternoon – Brave is just so brilliant – followed by an entire evening, yes an entire evening of board games. To be fair you can’t go wrong with board games they are the best things ever!!!

Friday saw us driving home to our lovely flat and having a massive moment of organisation – we managed to fill 8 bags of charity shop stuff, amazing! The flat is nowhere near done but it’s starting to look better and better already AND I’ve almost put all my presents away, hooray to me! After our mammoth clear out there was shopping to do and a cinema trip was in order. The shopping trip was massively successful – new turquoise jacket, new pink cardi, new vest tops, new breton stripey top, new dress and new silver star jeans – hooray to me and my new wardrobe! And Pitch Perfect was a brilliantly hilarious film, I highly recommend it to one and all. It’s a little disgusting at times but I defy people not to leave the cinema smiling and humming along to the soundtrack. It will certainly make every smile through the January blues!

Saturday saw us heading to St Albans (with grande Starbucks drinks for the journey!) for a belated family gathering, which was full of scrumptious food (yes I did eat four honey and mustard sausages and yes there are three puddings on that plate, I hope you’re not judging?!), an epic quiz, which my team scored full points in one of the rounds, yeah!, and good old nattering which was all topped off by our car headlights breaking so we had to get the train home – joyful!! Thankfully we finally got home and were able to enjoy Return of the King and Love Actually and eat Christmas chocolate to round off a lovely day! p.s these mint chocolate twigs from m&s are my new favourite snacks, they are delicious

On Sunday everything started well, I had a massive lie-in, read loads of my book, and sorted my room. However at about 1pm we found out we had a leak that was eeking it’s way through to the flat downstairs and it cost us £150 (!) to fix, fun times! To top it all off we then found a humongous spider in our bathroom with the hairiest legs I’ve EVER seen – I’ve got the collywobbles just thinking about it – eurgh!! So not the best end to the weekend, although a Private Practice marathon accompanied by Christmas cake and peanut m&m’s has certainly helped the evening improve!

So there we have it, that’s how I spent my last week of 2012, not such a bad way to end the year I don’t think!

Christmas Wrapping

So this is a slightly belated post seeing as Christmas was nearly a week ago, but I still wanted to share my Christmas wrapping as promised as it’s technically Christmas until I go back to work! As I mentioned in my Wrapping Love post I’m a sucker for brown paper packages, so that’s the route I went down this year with wrapping. However it wasn’t boring, no way josé, my wrapping was still bright and colourful. I hope you like it!

1) A pile of presents with my gorgeous timbergram cards – they are made of actual wood!
2) Gold ribbon accessorised with felt Christmas trees from Hobbycraft and ‘no peeking!’ gift tags from eBay
3) Pretty silver ribbon and ink present decoration – the stamp was from Papermash, and I also got the Christmas tree stamp there too
4) Pink ‘Merry Christmas’ washi tape from Paperchase and left over tags from last year
5) Green ribbon and a red felt bauble
6) Red and white ribbon with brown paper – a classic combo!
7) Wise words on this tape from East of India
8) & 9) Coloured ribbon goes with all types of paper, boxes and even sticker tags you steal from family!
10) Ribbon and black ink stamps
11) My green washi tape – a perfectly simple way to improve brown paper
12) A present for mum wrapped in Caroline Gardner Christmas pudding tissue paper. Finished off with red ribbon and a ‘No Peeking!’ tag. I fell in love with this paper as soon as I saw it. I just had no idea what I’d use it for. Thankfully when I was wrapping Mum’s presents inspiration struck and I had the perfect solution!

Pinterest Corner #1 – A Cloche Christmas Decoration

So I recently shared my intentions to post one thing a week in Pinterest Corner… and at last I’ve written my first post. Woohoo, three cheers to me hey!

Of course the very first post HAD to be Christmas related(!) and it’s based on this brilliant cloche and baulbles decoration I saw on the I heart organizing blog and pinned to my Christmas Pinterest board.
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I love the simplicity of this decoration and the fact that it instantly adds a splash of colour to any room. It would also be really easy to adapt it each year with new colourful decorations and a different colour or design of cake stand – so there’s no way it would get boring.
Also one of the annoying things about Christmas decorations, which is not the case for this, is that you spend loads of money on them and then they’re only up for a few weeks. With the cloche and cake stand combo though you could display cakes or candles throughout the year so it’s not such a waste, win! If I owned this I’d definitely switch the baulbles for candles in the new year, maybe a selection of ten candles all different thickness’ and heights, that would look absolutely lovely I think.

Sadly for my version of this lovely decoration I had to amend it as I don’t own a cloche. I did browse some online but the cheapest one I could find was only 16cm in diameter and over £40! So I soon reconsidered my plan and instead used a big glass jar that my Mum has and filled that up with all the spare ornaments and beads I could find.
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Whilst I would have preferred to copy the I heart Organizing one exactly I think my attempt is quite good and lovely in it’s own way and it’s certainly added some extra colour to our decorations! Plus it was really simple to make as we had all the bits and pieces already in the house, as I’m sure most people do!

So there we go my first Pinterest Corner post, let me know what you think and if I’ve inspired you to start looking at your own Pinterest boards and giving some of the pins a whirl!
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Christmas Traditions (Part Two)

So the big day is almost here, is anyone else counting down the days, hours and minutes, or is that just me?! As the countdown is almost over I thought I’d best post part two of my Christmas Traditions post as promised. This post covers the day itself (squeee) and beyond. Don’t forget to read Christmas Traditions (Part One) if you haven’t already and as always please do share you’re Christmas traditions below.

Stockings – As I mentioned in Christmas Traditions (Part One) everyone in my family gets their own stocking on Christmas morning. What I failed to explain is that these are all opened at the same time and none of us are allowed into the room that houses them until we’re all up and about. We generally agree that 8am is the earliest we can wake one another, a lot of people thinks this is incredibly early but this is a lot later than when I was growing up! And also it’s Christmas day, why on earth would you waste it sleeping, that’s what the other 364 days of the year are for! This year we’ll all be in festive attire when we do our stockings – namely spotty onesies with penguin feet – except for Dad who’ll have a new knitted jumper featuring Snowmen, basically any excuse for festive items!

Christmas walks – Christmas is all about the walks in our family and the first one of the holiday happens on Christmas morning before lunch, usually with us all sporting Christmas hats. There are some woods and fields across from our house, so we head out there for an hour or so ramble. It’s the perfect way to feel less guilty an hour later when you proceed to eat your own body weight in turkey! It’s also lovely to see other people out and about,  running or walking their dogs, and everyone’s always very cheery when it’s Christmas Day, there’s none of this typical Englishness of keeping to yourself.

Christmas lunch – This is perhaps my favourite part of Christmas as my parents make the best Christmas dinner. I know I’m biased as it’s what I’ve grown up with but it’s truly scrumptious. We’ll have a massive turkey (usually enough for 10 people), lots of roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and home-grown parsnips, sprouts, leeks in white sauce, carrots, bacon, homemade stuffing pork sausages, two bowls of homemade bread sauce and cranberry and gravy to accompany it. It’s tradition that you have to have at least one sprout with your lunch, or else you aren’t allowed to open any presents. Such harsh bargaining was the only way my sisters and I would ever eat vegetables when we were younger and it seems to have stuck! But I enjoy sprouts now so you won’t hear me complaining!

Presents – After lunch comes present opening! Yes that’s right we leave our pressies until the afternoon!! It’s tradition to take it in turns to open our presents, working through our family from youngest to oldest, one present at a time. This might mean it takes about three hours to do, but it’s so much nicer than us all unwrapping stuff at the same time and missing everyone’s excitement about their gifts.

Christmas Night – This is all about board games and Christmas TV! We always play Articulate, Scrabble and The Logo Game followed by a dinner of cold meats (turkey and ham) and potato salad, before collapsing on the sofa and watching the recorded Doctor Who Christmas Special and hopefully this year the Downton Abbey Special.

Boxing Day – For as long as I can remember we’ve always had a family Christmas with my dad’s family on the 26th or 27th. It’s always very loud (there are 13 of us) and it will involve a lot of food and an awful lot of fun. Dad always does a Christmas quiz for us all and this gets VERY competitive and usually ends in an argument and accusations of cheating! Ah Christmas and families you can’t beat it!! This year we’ll be heading to my uncle’s house for the celebration but I think I’ll still make my Ginger log as is the custom and we’ll force Dad to do the quiz still!

Food – So apart from the Turkey at Christmas lunch there is a whole host of other food that we make and bake over this period – some of which doesn’t make an appearance at any other time of the year! First off is the Christmas cake. My mum makes this every year and it’s usually a slightly altered fruit cake as I’m not a fan of proper Christmas cake – I find it far too rich. Dad always makes sausage rolls and Mum the mince pies and a sponge cake for my sisters. And it’s my sisters job to do the gingerbread and shortbread. This year I might instigate a new tradition of Sticky Gingerbread Cake which I made recently and it was truly amazing and basically like eating Christmas!

So there you have it the rest of our Christmas traditions. We really are quite obsessed with having Christmas how we always have, but when it’s so much fun, why would you even think of changing it!!

Sunday round up

This week has been brilliant! I don’t know if it’s just that I’m writing this with over a week until I have to go back to work and therefore I have rose-tinted spectacles firmly on my face or whether the entire week was really that good. But who cares! Annoyingly I didn’t take that many pictures, but hopefully the below isn’t too boring thanks to the lack of images!

Monday – Homeland Series One free from work, Arthur Christmas, Christmas nails and an Indian takeaway with friends

 

Tuesday – Very unhealthy breakfast, lunch with friends and making a start on my wrapping

Wednesday – Afternoon off, baking reindeer cupcakes & cake pops, ice skating and dodgems at Winter Wonderland and scrumptious tapas at Carmen

Thursday – Lunch at The Southbank Market, Gossip Girl, Grey’s and a lazy night on the sofa

Friday – Last day of work, stroll to Trafalgar Square, a Naked Burrito, Quality Streets, driving home for Christmas and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Saturday – Christmas food shop, last minute present shopping, homemade mince pies, glittery nails, snooze on the sofa and Merlin and Dreamgirls on TV

Sunday – Warner Bros. Studio Tour, BBQ pulled pork sandwich and Costco. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour was unbelievable and I’ll definitely be posting about it properly in a few days (once I’ve got my head around all of it’s awesomeness)!

Wrapping Love

One of my favourite parts about Christmas is the careful wrapping of presents for family and friends. I love taking the time to choose the perfect paper, bows and decorations and then adorning the present I’ve chosen for them – to me a present isn’t done until it looks gorgeous on the outside as well as on the inside. This can be quite a long and expensive process as I buy the decorations throughout the year when I see the perfect item, but I do think it’s worth the faff as it’s totally necessary!

This year with the wonders of Pinterest, I’ve also been collecting all my favourite wrapping ideas and colour schemes or themes in one place – my ‘Let’s get Wrapping‘ board. This has been a god send as it’s meant I haven’t been able to forget any of my favourites and I had somewhere to head when I needed inspiration for this years wrapping! Considering the love affair that I have with wrapping and how important it is for me at this time of year, I though I’d share some of my favourite wrapping ideas for this Christmas. Strangely enough I’m not the only person who’s doing this at the moment! Last night I stumbled across Irene at A Beautiful Blog’s, Gift Wrap: Top 19 favourite ideas and I fell in love with all her favourites too! However I stopped myself from adding them all in to the below, although I might have to go and pin a few of them on to my Pinterest board for future use!

So below are my favourite wrapping ideas for this Christmas and I’ll share my final Christmas wrapping designs once I’ve wrapped everything – probably late on Christmas Eve now to be honest, as I’m running a bit behind!!!

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First up is this brilliant idea from Martha Stewart of a Christmas Tree silhouette which I love! Not only is it simple but you could also try out lots of different shapes – and not just Christmas ones. So perhaps simple shapes or letters (when the name begins with a mirror image letter of course!). Also I like the idea of choosing multi-coloured paper to go underneath the brown paper and also using that coloured area as your gift tag, I think that could look quite cute! Definitely one to remember!

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I’m a bit of a sucker for anything red and white at Christmas time, which I think I’ve mentioned once or twice in the past, so the idea of red and white patterned washi tape with brown paper really went down well with me. Now I’ve not used washi tape much myself in the past, but I think I’ll definitely investigate it next year for present wrapping and crafting as I’ve seen some great ideas online recently.

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Now these I love! And they are so easy to make as I’ve tried a variation of these for my own presents this year. All you need is some wool and felt and hey presto, you have your very own snowflake gift tags. Although to be honest the back of my tags were such a mess I had to stick them down on the pressies, rather than having them swinging. But definitely a winner all year round!

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This wordsearch wrapping paper is brilliant, and if you work in an office as I do it’s very inexpensive to create – another thing that’s always useful at this time of the year! This would also be ideal all year round again, although I think that I would have have to add some more decoration to a gift if I wrapped it with this paper. Maybe some bright ribbons or bows to make it look a little more special.

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This is one of the first things that I ever pinned on to my ‘Let’s Get Wrapping’ board and I love it as much now as I did when I pinned it! The different coloured wool idea is so lovely and bright and just stunning from afar. I think this would look equally good if you only used a couple of colours or only wrapped an inch or so of the present. Beautiful.

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This gorgeous white, gold and turquoise paper is lovely although not quite as simple as I’d like I fear! Mainly as I’ve not been able to find these doily stickers anywhere! But I do want to try this one day as it looks so lovely. It also looks very high end and sophisticated, which is impressive considering it’s just doily stickers!

I don’t need cheering up, but here are some cheery things!

As Christmas is fast approaching I have not been in much need of extra cheer, pretty much everything that’s happened/I’ve seen has filled me with unbridled joy. What can I say Christmas is my favourite time of year and there’s nothing sad or depressing in the last few days before this festive holiday. However, there are a few things over the last few days that have been the cream on my cheery cupcake, which I thought I’d share below! I think you’ll agree they are worth a moment of reflection and appreciation!!

First up is this brilliant guinea pig wrapping paper, not just guinea pigs – as that would be rather odd on wrapping paper – but guinea pigs in knitted hats, WIN! I think the bright pink knitted number is my favourite look, the black and white guinea pig pulls it off so well after all!

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I got these truly festive socks in my advent calendar earlier this week and I love them! Not only are they super-Christmassy they are also the softest and warmest songs I’ve worn in forever. It honestly feels like your feet are getting a hug whenever you put them on. If you feel you need these in your life (and let’s face it you’d be right!) then hop, skip and jump down to your local Primark and pick up a pair.

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In one of my recent Currently Coveting posts, Mochas, books and a crochet reindeer, I mentioned my total lust for the Penguin Clothbound books. Well following that post I promptly went and treated myself to three of the books which arrived this week and they are simply fabulous! Everytime I look at them I feel a sense of joy, they are just beautiful. I’m hard pressed to choose my favourite jacket design but there’s something about the Jane Eyre leaf pattern that warms my heart.

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At work yesterday we watched Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale, the first episode of the new Peter Rabbit animation and it was simply lovely. If you’ve not seen it yet it’s beautiful and wonderfully Christmassy and Cottontail is possibly the cutest animated character that’s ever been created! Watch the trailer for Peter Rabbit Christmas Tale now and prepare to feel excited!

Decorations galore

 

 

As promised below are a number of pictures from when I was at home to decorate my parents’ house for Christmas, as you can see we have a LOT of decorations and get in to the spirit of Christmas big time! I only wish Christmas would last for longer so that we could have the decorations up for a longer period of time! After a whole day of decorating I’m now feeling about 99.9% full of Christmas spirit!

 

Christmas frolics and fun

20121216-220419.jpgI can’t believe it’s almost Christmas, only seven sleeps to go!! This past week has been chocked full of Christmas shenanigans and I’m really feeling properly Christmassy now, it’s great! This week of Christmas joy started off well with our work Christmas meal, which was fantastic. We went to Bill’s in Covent Garden, which if you’ve never been to I implore you to visit asap! I’ve been a few times in the past and always had something different, their fish finger sandwiches are my all time favourites so get them if you do go! As it was a Christmas meal, we had to order off a set menu, not that I cared as the choices were excellent. After a lot of deliberating I went for the prawn cocktail to start (truly scrumptious), then the Roast Turkey with roast potatoes, stuffing, sprouts and bacon bits, parsnips and loads and loads of gravy (heavenly) and finally for pudding I had the apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, which was out-of-this-world and served in a tea cup, genius! Such a fantastic spread and as if that wasn’t enough we even got mince pies for free and mochas at the end, phew what a lovely meal. It was great to spend the afternoon out of the office with friends, with good food, crackers and embarrasing stories thrown in. It’s a shame we don’t do it three or four times a year really!

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After our Christmas meal we went to our work Christmas Carol Concert which was in the church in Covent Garden. The concert was brilliant with the perfect mix of old and new carols, everything from Oh Come all Ye Faithful and First Noel to Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas and Do They Know it’s Christmas?, just perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit – as if I needed any more encouragement! We treated ourselves to blackberry cocktails in a local bar afterwards, sadly no one else enjoyed the cocktails, but I thought they were yummy. Clearly I have weird taste buds compared to everyone else!!

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The lights along The Southbank

On Tuesday I went the The Southbank Christmas Market, twice. Yep you did read that right, I really did go twice, oops! First off I went at lunchtime with my work friends. Whilst there we ate hog roast rolls with stuffing and apple sauce as we meandered along the river stopping to appreciate the brilliant stalls – fake snow and the crepes – and laugh at the weird ones – wooden ties anyone? After finishing work I met up with friends in The Royal Festival Hall (again) and we walked along the Southbank through the market and towards home. It was absolutely freezing as the wind was bitter so I treated myself to a mint hot chocolate which I proceeded to hug for the entire walk home! The walk home was lovely not only because of the glorious sights (The London Eye, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and The Tate) but also because of the good friends I was with, queue lots of nattering! Once we got home we heated up lots of warming soup and grabbed some french bread and settled in for a night of Arthur Christmas viewing! I love that film, it’s just absolutely brilliant. It’s hilarious and I love hearing such brilliant UK acting talent playing the rest of Arthur’s family. I also really really really want Arthur’s slippers and Christmas jumper, oh if only they did them in my size!

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20121216-220732.jpgSadly on Wednesday I work at crazy o’clock and proceeded to throw up for most of the early morning – lovely. So needless to say it wasn’t the most active of days as I spent the day alternating between the sofa and my bed. I finally started to feel a little better so treated myself with four hours of North and South so I could oogle over Richard Armitage – he’s just loveliness personified. Especially in this period drama, which is my favourite of all time. I think I’ve seen it about 50 times over the last 5 years and could probably act out the entire thing if I was called on (Let’s hope that never happens as I don’t think it would be pretty)! His character is just wonderful and I just wish I would get swept off my feet by my very own Mr. Thornton like Margaret does, oh I can dream I suppose!

After a very quiet Wednesday it was back to work on Thursday which was an extremly busy day thanks to me having been ill on Wednesday and because I had Friday off. I don’t think I’ve written that many emails in one day in so long. At least when I left work on Thursday I had ticked off some huge tasks, so that was something at least! Friday was very chilled out and all about organisation as I wrote Christmas cards and posted parcels as well as generally just getting everything in order. I headed back to my parents on Friday night and we had a lovely night in watching Modern Family and eating M&S food. In fact I had my first ever Eve Pudding, which was a revelation! I can’t believe I’ve not had one before!?! It’s cake and apple two of my favourite things, so add in custard and I’m in foodie heaven!

On Saturday proper Christmas began as my little sister was back from University and we were all back at my parents’ house to put up the decorations together. It was so much fun doing it all together and the house looks stunning! I will post about the decorations another time, and just leave you with this brilliant picture of my sisters and I in a Christmas bauble!

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After tree decorating fun we played cards and ate homemade lasagna before Lau and I headed back home utterly exhausted! Sunday was a VERY productive day which started with a 5k run, my first in forever and I’m just amazed I actually survived it! We ended up at Sainsbury’s and proceeded to buy up all the baking items we could find for our epic Christmas baking session in the afternoon. We made Christmas Reindeer Gingerbread and Sticky Gingerbread Bread, both of which are delicious and certainly went down well at work! Check out the pictures below, what do you think?

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