Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas 2012

I've slipped up somewhat this Christmas as I neglected to take many photos. Partly due to Mr G and I waking up with colds on Christmas Eve and thus we didn't really feel 100% - I was very glad my Mum had offered to host Christmas dinner and I didn't have all of the prep that it usually entails.

This meant we had a quiet Christmas Eve, of pottering about, nipping up to the horses, watching movies and drinking festive hot chocolate (made with real chocolate, double cream and whole milk - delicious!!)

I was excited to open my Instagram Christmas swap - we had all decided to open them Christmas Eve:

How beautifully are they wrapped?

I got such a lovely selection of goodies - my IG friend Claire really spoiled me!!

I was pleased on Christmas Eve when W (aged 12) humoured me enough to put out cider, mince pies and a parsnip (we had no carrots!!) for Father Christmas and Rudolph.

H (aged 14) was having none of it however and I find it sad that he'd rather be on his own in his room than with us :0( - releasing those apron strings is hard....

Come Christmas morning W was raring to go at 7.00am and so we trooped downstairs, all be it sleepily, to see if the big man had been.

W was delighted to receive an iPad:

H got a new graphics card and big new monitor for his PC and Nannie got him a fancy headset:

As part of our bid to prevent H becoming a hermit we have his PC downstairs in a hideaway cupboard so he is at least with us. He chats all the time to his friends whilst playing and so it's not quite as insular as it may sound. I think we have had to realise that teenagers socialise in a different way to how we did when we were kids and a lot of it is via technology.

Mr G spoiled me with an AirPrint printer so I can print from my iPad without having to bother him (I've been having to email whatever I want printing to him and then usually wait an age for him to get around to it!!)

It's white so blends in with my sewing room:

He also got me a big hardback sketch pad; a bottle of Cosmopolitan; some lovely fancy soap and a deer head!! Yep, after all his objections he gave in and got me a little one!!:

Mr G and I repaired back to bed for a couple of hours before it was time to leave to go to my Mum's.

My sister and I had all brought some components of the meal and it all came together to make a delicious dinner after which it was time to open presents:

I got some lovely gifts including:

Kirstie Allsopp houses - the big one (from my Mum) is a biscuit jar and the little one (from MIL) has a notepad inside....

Gorgeous electric kettle (yep, electric!!) from my Mum....

Cath Kidston enamel canisters (also my Mum!!)....

Beautiful table runner handstitched with my favourite lilies by my Mum - gosh showing all these shows just how much she spoiled me....

My sister got me a lovely Pip Studio purse (no picture of that), a CK voucher and this:

Isn't it just fab? So retro!!

MIL also got me some CK goodies, my favourite Badedas bubble bath (she buys me a big one every Christmas and it lasts until about September) and some cash which I have spent on a vintage Art Deco dressing table mirror from eBay - will show it off when it arrives.

So, I was thoroughly spoiled.

Boxing Day Mr G and I spent the whole day in bed, alas not in a good way but in a we-feel-rough-and-the-weather-is-vile kinda way.

Christmas is over once again. I'm looking at the deccies and can't wait to take them down - I usually do it New Years Day and just leave the cards up until Twelfth Night. Not because I'm sick of them per se, but because I think when it's over it's over!!

I must confess that I detest the period from Boxing Day to about March and just can't wait for spring. I wouldn't mind if we had clear, crisp, frozen winters but all this rain is just yuck.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas....


S x



  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and some lovely presents given and received. we've all been ill too, I feel like I've just been getting through the days and finally today I can relax and haven't got to entertain anyone! My decs are coming down tomorrow, I agree once it's over they just look a little sad and I want a clean tidy house for the New Year. Enjoy playing with your new gadgets.

  2. What gorgeous goodies you have received - Love reading how you are dealing with your 14 year old - I have a soon to be 13 year old so I'll be looking out for any hints and tips :-) xx Hope you are feeling better now xx

  3. I'm sorry to hear that you have had colds over Christmas. I hope all those lovely gifts make up for it.
    Anne xx

  4. Hope you feel better for the new year, colds at Christmas are'nt nice.

    Our daughter's friend is online. She Skypes him and I can hear her laughing and joking the same as if he was in the room. I keep wishing she had 'real' friends close to home but her internet friend lives in Bristol. Its been like that for a few years (shes 17) and shes a happy girl so I don't worry now. Like you say, so different to when we were young.

  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful day despite having the sniffles. Yes, teens socialise much more online these days. In my day, we'd hog the phone and sit in each other's rooms. Now they hog the Internet and hang out on Skype!

    Hope you have a fabulous 2013 xx

  6. gorgeous Christmas darl! hope you are both feeling better? my husband is in bed with flu. ah well, more choc for me tonight and call night crap tv and then i am on the wagon. nothing fits! It's been fun though, I have eaten everything in sight!M
    take care my pretty and see you soon
    x x x x. x

  7. Poor you!! Hope you're all better now! Love your kettle, wherever did you find it? The tuff luv case is ok, the elastic holds it in very securely, and there's a little bit of case room that juts out beyond the actual ipad itself, so I suppose if you dropped it and the elastic shut it, it would be ok? Hope fully I won't drop it! Xxxx


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