We did Christmas on the quiet this year. With just the two of us we did as we pleased. As I mentioned last week, Christmas as an expat can be a little hard and being in our late twenties the magic that kids have for Christmas has vanished. Sadly it's just like any other day - well actually like a Sunday spent together with huge meal, oh and the gifts. But rather than dwelling on what Christmas isn't, here's a little look into what we did get get up to. Oh and it even snowed some!
Ever since this huge, thick Christmas themed blanket landed on our doorstep on Monday as a Christmas gift from Joe's gran (she also sent the personalised snowman decoration in the first image - how cute?!) I actually don't think I've come out from underneath it. It's just so cosy and warm and going to be very handy in the coming colder months.
Neither of us have qualms about being online and doing stuff on Christmas so I actually wrote up a couple of blog posts, played Candy Crush no end and just enjoyed being able to use the internet aside from my ebay store (nevertheless there was still a number of purchases yesterday for sure). But when I wasn't using the old interwebs, I did manage to read some more of Lauren Bacall's biography By Myself picked up at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. It's actually turning into a delightfully intriguing read and getting me over my 2013 drought of reading, about time. As for The Juliette Society - I'm saving that for another post. But for now all I'll say is you show me 50 Shades and I'll give you The Juliette Society.
Christmas gifts seem to revolve around my two loves - vinyl records (Clairy Brown, Trivium, Phil Collins - Anthrax for the boy) and cross stitching alongside some Lush goodies which I haven't actually treated myself to for an age. The parents sent over some basics from M&S, alongside Angels Delight and some winter accessories to keep us warm.
But the best part - the food! A pure mix of American and English Christmas traditions upon one plate. Home made cranberry sauce topping off ham, stuffing, vegetable and the American tradition of rolls (hey at least the weren't wrapped around sausages). We're saving the piggies in blankets for leftover eatings tonight. Lets say it was quickly demolished all the same. Somewhat proud of myself as this was the first real Christmas meal I've ever made all by myself. Go me.
I hope you all had wonderful festivities and didn't end up with coal in your stockings. I'm somewhat ready to get back to normally blogging and sharing some American adventures with you all!