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:
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:
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....