Life: Christmas Holidays

This post is a little bit overdue, but with the busy holiday season I didn't get a chance to share what I got up to over the Christmas break! Plus I wanted to share some of my personal photos that you wouldn't see on instagram, both in this post, and the Florida trip post (what I did after Christmas).

My favourite chocolate chip shortbread cutout cookies. Should I share this recipe!?

My cute little table setting.

Mum's Chocolate Trifle 

The mugs I drew for everyone!

Table setting number 2!

Miss Lillian in all of the post Christmas laundry being the most helpful.

Christmas is probably my favourite time of the year but also really busy! I still work full-time, and my office was open through the holidays, with only the 25 and 26 off before my vacation the week after.

This year, my boyfriend (C) and I hosted both of our immediate family on December the 21. We did this two years ago. It works really well because it means that everyone can get together. Plus we make sure it runs just like Christmas day. Everyone came over at 8am, we had breakfast: cinnamon buns, muffins, fruit, yogurt and buck's fizz. Followed by stockings and gifts, a walk and visit to a greenhouse nearby, and finally a big Christmas lunch. We bought a fresh turkey on the thursday, prepped it and cooked it all friday. My dad sliced it up on the 21st, drizzled a little water and covered it in tinfoil and cooked it at 400F for 20-30 minutes. We found that this method works really well, it takes the pressure off when entertaining, you can slice it thinner, and no one knows the difference! We also asked everyone to bring something to make it easier. Our Christmas lunch consisted of Turkey, roast potatoes, maple parsnips, peas, carrots, yorkshire pudding,  stuffing, gravy, cranberry, pickled walnuts and for dessert, my mum made chocolate cherry trifle. The yorkshire pudding is obviously not a traditional turkey add on but we love them so much, so I always like to make them instead of having dinner rolls. It was such a great dinner! Later on we enjoyed cookies and tea as a family. It was such a lovely day, and C and I have realized that we love hosting and we think we are pretty good at it!! That night we went to a Christmas party, and then just relaxed for the rest of the weekend because we were absolutely exhausted. 

On Christmas eve we drove up to the cottage to join the other 24 family members from C's side of the family. Christmas with his family is very unique. Everyone has dinner together on Christmas eve, lays out stockings and once the kids have gone to bed, everyone puts stocking stuffers into each others stockings. If you remember, I said there were 24 other people there! Stockings are huge and its a really fun tradition that I have been a part of for the last 5 years! Then, Christmas morning, everyone gets up and opens them together, in addition to gifts and spends the day together, and then enjoys Christmas dinner together as well. 

It was a really great Christmas and I was lucky enough to visit a lot of family but I wish I could have seen even more. I look forward to a time where I can just take two weeks off to be with family and soak in the entire season. The following week C and I spent in Florida, but there are so many photos to share that I decided to make a separate post!

I hope you had an amazing Christmas or holiday season no matter how you spent it. There are so many different ways to spend it, and I am so happy to be able to share our traditions with you.

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