For the first time EVER, we have decided to spend Christmas in our very own home, just the three of us, me, William and Plato the cat.
Schedule: Christmas lunch booked at Dalloway Terrace but EVERYTHING else to be relaxed and chilled and totally up to us.
We’ve spent every Christmas for the last 5 years splitting the day between both of our families and driving to my Mum’s in London which isn’t far at all, but then coming back home to collect Plato who hates being in the car before heading up to Will’s parents’ in the countryside. It’s something we’ve done mainly for our nieces and nephews, but as this year their social calendars are way busier than ours, we decided we’d take a little break and stay in London.
Last year by the time we got to Surrey, we were so exhausted that we pretended to fall asleep on the sofa in the countryside in front of the fire playing sleeping lions… We woke up two hours later. We’d actually fallen asleep!
So with the ‘first Christmas at our house’ spirit in mind, we decided to be prepared and get some of our favourite things, including champagne and Christmas cookies – obviously. And I could not resist these personalised Christmas crackers I saw in Selfridges. They’d sold out of the particular design I wanted in store, so I contacted the company who makes them and they sent me out some more. I love them and they’ve helped to make Christmas look so wonderful at home.
We unpacked our decorations that we’ve been collecting since we moved in to our home – and I had to admit – for the first time that we really don’t need any more. The Mickey and Minnie glass bauble was from a family trip to Disneyland Paris. It’s way too heavy to hang on the tree so we usually put it next to the TV or on the mantle piece. The little stag was from The White Company. And the rest of our decorations are from Gisela Graham London who is the Queen of Christmas decor. And yes I bought myself some very festive red, green and navy tartan pjs from Victoria Secret.
So it seems we’re all set for Christmas! All that’s left is to wish you all a very merry and happy Christmas. I hope it brings time for rest, renewal, love, hope and lots of laughter.