Blogmas Fail – Our Christmas Day Day

I want to apologise for my lack of 5th and 6th blogmas posts, but the 5th I’d written a piece during work hours and forgot to send it to myself to edit after work but alas, I didn’t and got completely wrecked at my first Christmas Party so couldn’t even write a text to my mum let alone write a coherent blog post. Yesterday was just pure laziness/business.

So to make up for it, i’ll be writing two posts today and two tomorrow! Lucky you 😉

Every year Ben and I elect a Saturday to have a Christmasey day. It consists of hunting for the perfect tree, some more decorations to our small collection, going for lunch somewhere new and coming home for decorating, prosecco and all the bad snacks we can eat! So yesterday was our Christmas Day day…..

Mine started off with a rank hangover, I was supposed to get up at 8 and help my brother move from his flat on the first floor to the ground floor, after leaving the house at 10 and my van not starting, I eventually only got there at 11. Luckily my fiancé had gone over at 8 and had been a trooper with him! So we stayed and helped until about 12:30 then made our way to Perrywoods, which is like a small grotto/garden centre. We picked our tree and some new decs then made our way to the new restaurant which Ben had picked out – The Maybush in Walderingfield. To say the food was ‘good’ would be a understatement. FYI – I had a bacon and brie sandwich and shared some cheesy chips mmm.

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These were the pictures that we took after lunch outside the back of the pub – definitely going to be a beautiful place to eat and drink in the summer I feel.

We came back and started the carnage of decorating…..

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This was mid decorating, ignore the dead flowers, they look pretty morbid.

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This is our final finished product – if I’m honest we should’ve spent longer being more picky about the tree, it is a good size but has a lot of gaps!

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This is my favourite part of the lounge, my mum made us that garland (I think that’s the word) and I feel the whole scene is very Christmasey.

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Here is the advent calendar my mum made us last year, this year I’ve filled it with clues, almost like a treasure hunt, for Ben to use his noggin’ to go find!DSC01429 DSC01430

I didn’t even pick this wreath, Ben did before I’d met him and I think it’s gorgeous. I love the mints in it!

So after we’d finished putting these all up and got the hoovering done, we sat down with some onion rings crisps, prosecco and followed it up with cheese and wine.

Perfect 🙂

P.s, who else loves the tacky penguin my Dad bought me!?!

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Feeling Festive

So in the spirit of the 1st December, which begun very cold for me and full of Christmas tunes from different radio stations, which admittedly I was skipping to try and find said songs to get me in the mood, I am going to do a festive post. I may have had both of my chocolate advent calender chocs before I left the house this morning…..I leave at 6:25….not greedy at all.

I have decided to attempt blogmas, however I am awful at committing to things so if I manage this challenge/vow to my blog, I have decided I will treat myself to something like a Yankee candle for the house, or maybe some nice wedding shoes 😉 I think it’ll be a great way with me to bond with my blog again and hopefully learn to love writing again.

In the last few days some Christmas items have made it into the house. We haven’t actually done our ‘decorations weekend’ which consists of going to Perrywoods, the most Christmasey shop in Essex, going out for lunch, picking our tree then coming home for an evening of prosecco, pj’s, steak and chips, festive music and decorating, with maybe a smidge of Elf involved.

So these are the first items of Christmas to grace our new home.

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So I came home the other day, after breaking down in my new company van (yeeeeh, I was mega happy about that one) and this is what I was greeted with! Penguins, if you hadn’t guessed by now, are my favourite animal so Ben decided to jazz up our new home with this seasonal door mat. I cannot explain how much I love this!

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This is an advent calendar my in-laws made for us, cleverly making sure each day had the same chocolates together (or I would’ve stolen the best one). FYI, Cadbury’s Caramel – bellissimo!

DSC01372Now this bad boy I’ve actually had for a while, again, another gift from the in-laws as they know I’m obsessed with candles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these so it was a very good spot!

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Meet Oscar! He made an appearance on our anniversary! We said we weren’t doing presents as it’s silly now we’re due to get married but as I get excited for Christmas in early October, he was exactly what I needed! Lets see if anyone can pick up why I called him Oscar…..

DSC01374It’s a sin to put Christmas DVD’s away with your decorations just incase you have a random festive day during the year and you need your fix! So these are in our big DVD/book storage units and I have to say Elf came out over 6 weeks ago and has been sitting beside the TV…where Peter Pan is now actually haha….for a long time! I really want to say this is my favourite Christmas film but I think it’s level pegging with The Grinch!

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These were just a few extra snaps I thought I’d add in for good measure so you can all be nosy 🙂

Is anyone else already as excited for Christmas as I am? Our decoration day is Saturday, which after my first Christmas work party on the Friday, could not come any sooner.

I hope no-one reading this is a festive Grinch! Unsubscribe now if you are as there will be many more posts like this to follow!

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