Hellooo and Happy Sunday!!

I woke up feeling excited this morning with the realisation it’s now only TWO more sleeps until Christmas! 
Isn’t this such a wonderful time of year? I think everyone seems that little bit kinder and everything just feels a little more magical.
It’s also particularly special because my sister arrived home this week for the holidays. We’ve always been close, it’s just the two of us and we’re less than two years apart. I feel so lucky to have my whole family together for Christmas.
This weekend has flown by so far. Yesterday, Chris and I spent the afternoon wrapping all our Christmas gifts and doing a festive movie marathon – Christmas with the Kranks, Home Alone, The Santa Clause and Elf! Unfortunately my Dad’s gift (a new pair of Asics Kayano’s) hasn’t turned up in the post yet – I’m so nervous they won’t arrive in time. Come at me on Monday mail man!!

Wrapping all my gifts seriously took an obscenely long time – I think I might be a little OCD when it comes to this. A firm believer in “the devil’s in the detail”, I spent waaay too long ensuring all the presents had meticulous corners and straightest of straight tape. Even Ollie’s has been wrapped to perfection. Why I thought a dog would not only notice, but also appreciate this, I’m not sure.

Chris wrapped his own gifts this year and in about a quarter of the time, somehow managed to wrap some pretty fabulous looking presents. Who knew he was such a natural?

Tomorrow is when all our Christmas festivities start. It’s been a family tradition that we have a formal dinner on Christmas Eve – my mom makes the most delicious feast, followed by a pudding she creates each year with my Grandmother (it’s a family recipe!) 

To make things a little fun, when they make the pudding she hides olden day coins inside – and if you find some in your piece they’re converted to be worth an amount in real life money now. When my sister and I were younger (back in the days of washing your dad’s car for pocket money!) we would sit there and eat piece after piece until we were almost ill – we wanted to find coins so we could go shopping at the post Christmas sales!

After this, we usually spend the rest of the evening playing games like Scrabble and listening to carols. On Christmas morning, we all wake up to open our gifts and enjoy a lovely big breakfast. Around midday, Chris and I leave my parents’ house and go to his family (I still find it hard leaving my family at Christmas – last year I think I said goodbye to them about 20 times). Then we eat again (yaaay!) at a really beautiful lunch and relax for the afternoon.  

I’m so looking forward to beginning the Christmas festivities tomorrow! 

What will you be doing this Christmas?

P.S  I’ve had some blogging help from this little guy tonight (I use the term ‘help’ loosely. Ollie, I’m pretty sure pawing at my keyboard wasn’t entirely necessary).

I’ve also linked this up to Weekend Update.


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