Christmas Wrap-Up

We had a very fun festive season – it kicked off with another epic Thanksgiving shindig (highlights here) and will officially end on Sunday night when our NYE guests head back to Paris.

Here are some of the highlights of our first London Christmas:

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Decorating our first full-size Christmas tree

Full of ornaments from my gram and dad

Full of ornaments from my gram and dad

Highlights of last year's Mexican navidad in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Highlights of last year’s Mexican navidad in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

I am disappointed to report that our delivery from Pines and Needles (as featured here) did not occur as advertised. The delivery men did not deliver my six foot tree (which was definitely too small for our ceilings) in kilts as promised! Oh the disappointment – I can’t even tell you. Needless to say, Pines and Needles received a strongly worded email about said disappointment.

J's work Christmas party at Somerset House - gorgeous!

J’s work Christmas party at Somerset House – gorgeous!

Like something out of Love Actually...

Like something out of Love Actually…

so we had to take a selfie (obviously) before I jetted off to my own Christmas party!

so we had to take a selfie (obviously) before I jetted off to my own Christmas party!

The future of law is just so attractive.

The future of law is just so attractive.

Babes and bow ties.

Babes and bow ties.

After a very, very busy Friday night of Christmas parties, someone (me) got sick as a dog – serious case of bronchitis and a trachea infection! So I sat at home for a week feeling sorry for myself and watching movies under the covers with Rajah.

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Then all of a sudden it was Christmas week and I went back to work for a few days while my better half enjoyed a couple days off work…

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We may have to decorate them as Rajah has moved in permanently.

 

Two days before Christmas we received a giant hamper from my dad and his wife – AMAZING – this thing was packed with all kinds of crackers, pate, jams, cookies, mince pies, Christmas pudding, truffles (chocolate), lemon curd, a couple bottles of wine, nuts, coffee, tea and candy!

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Rajah was so impressed that all he wanted to do was sit in the hamper and crack open a bottle of champagne.

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Typical.

On Christmas Eve (also known as Jesus and J’s birthday), I had to work until about 4pm but J managed to get to Borough Market before it closed for truffle pate, comte cheese and baguettes. When I got home from work, we concocted a series of appetizers and settled in to watch as many Christmas movies as possible: Love Actually, The Grinch, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf.

Appetizers part one - empenadas, coquilles st jacques, comte, olives, carrots and wasabi pea dip, baked camembert bites and pita chips!

Appetizers part one – empenadas, coquilles st jacques, comte, olives, carrots and wasabi pea dip, baked camembert bites and pita chips!

Solo Christmas!

Solo Christmas!

As it was J’s birthday, I picked him up a beautiful almond and apricot tart – his fave.

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday!!

He opened some birthday presents and a Christmas present or two just for fun.

A PSG shirt from his favorite father in law.

A PSG shirt from his favorite father in law.

His birthday card from his loving wife who knows him so well.

His birthday card from his loving wife who knows him so well.

Christmas day looked a little something like this:

Before we opened all the presents...

Before we opened all the presents…

After: Presents for being so good all year long...

After: Presents for being so good all year long…

New slippers from Grammie pie!

New slippers from Grammie pie!

Movies and cat naps

Movies and cat naps

We also managed to spend a few hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas day on Skype with my fam in the States who were all gathered for a country cowboy Christmas, which I was very sad to miss. We have recently started doing themed Christmas celebrations which feature themed menus, themed decorations and themed activities. For Feliz Navidad 2013 we had a full-on snowman pinata, matching t-shirts, margaritas and Mexican food. My gram also goes to town on themed ornament creations (as you can tell from the sombrero’ed santa on my tree)… so I can’t wait to pick up my cowboy santas next time I am home.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the weekend after all blended into one long four-day food, nap, movie extravaganza – we didn’t leave the house for the four days and it was divine. Even though I had to do a little bit of work on Sunday, it was still a nice break. Towards the end, we started getting a little stir crazy, so it was probably best that I went back to work for a couple days before NYE.

Rajah looks so pensive but his claws in my face suggest otherwise.

Rajah looks so pensive but his claws in my face suggest otherwise.

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After a few unexpectedly busy days at work, we had a few friends from Paris come for NYE. We spent the evening catching up at home, having dinner and then going to a friend’s house party in Brixton. All in all a lovely NYE.

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To sum up – the holidays were basically this:

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Amazing. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!

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