Lovely Christmas and a WINNER!


We had a very cosy Christmas Eve. We had a nice walk in the afternoon and then put up some decorations. Last minute much? The moose candle holder is my favourite- a few years ago we went to Copenhagen for the weekend as our Christmas present, and that was the one thing we brought home with us. The Christmas tree is a tealight holder but it was not lit when I took the picture.

After a nice tea of bread, cheese (I had someΒ WensleydaleΒ and cranberry cheese), salad, grapes and clementines we had a slice of Christmas cake too. Well I did want to try it before we gave the other ones away, for quality control purposes, of course.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and Boxing day too. I did, and I will ramble on about that later. But first, last week I posted about a giveaway where one lucky person could win a Bondi Band.

Well, I put all the names into a pot, gave them a big shake, and then chose one (yes, I am super old skool!), and the winner is:

Marijke who wanted the “One more Mile” one. So, email me your address and I will post it off to you! How exciting! Plus it made the decision for me as I loved them both, so once I am out running again I will get to review the Run one. πŸ™‚

And now onto Christmas. I was getting excited about giving out the hampers:

The cake boxes were so huge they took up most of the hampers! There was also coffee, apple and mango jam, spiced nuts, Christmas pudding fudge and chocolate coated gingerbread cookies.

Plus I was so excited to give me Dad his tile for the garden.

He loved it so much! He actually said it was far too nice to put in the garden and is going to see if he can fix it to the front of their house. Β πŸ™‚

We spent most of the day at Andy’s parents’ house (my parents were back from holiday late on Christmas eve and are heading away tomorrow so we did not want to impose), and it was lovely.

We were totally spoilt- the present opening took all afternoon (although it was nice and slow- one at a time in reverse age order, with a little break in the middle for some pudding), and by the time we had finished it was dark. We had a little walk to see some of the lights and interesting decorations. 6 ft inflatable tree, snowman and santa anyone?

Some of my gifts- a cute owl hot water bottle, some lovely recycled socks (from recycled plastic bottles) that came all the way from Yellowstone when Andy’s parents went there in the summer, nice handcream and a lovely baking book.

And some latte making equipment! A little hand-held whizzer thing, and a cocoa powder/ icing sugar shaker, a marmalade making kit and the sweetest present ever. (I did warn you I would ramble on). Andy has 2 brothers and they both have girlfriends/Β fiancΓ©es. The 6 of us decided this year that instead of exchanging gifts we would choose a show in London to see in the new year and go together. We had to bring a “fun” gift (with a small price limit) that everyone could enjoy, so we went for thisΒ game (which was fun as we played it about 4 times I think). Anyway, his youngest brother and girlfriend gave me the Stitch mug and toy (Lilo and Stitch is my favourite Disney movie) with a little card in it saying that they were sorry that we had to cancel our holiday and would not be going to Disney at Christmas, so here was a little bit of Disney for me to have at home. It was so sweet and so kind and so unexpected. And the mug is the perfect size for a latte I think πŸ™‚

For me and Andy our presents were going to be going to see The Book of Mormon ( from the South Park guys) and also The Rockettes, both in NYC. But I found out that as a surprise he had booked for our last night on holiday to stay at the Disney Animal Kingdom lodge, but obviously yet again we had to cancel it all. So instead he got me a Kindle, which I am very excited about! I got him one last year and he loves it, and I do read a lot (and he kept saying when I was in hospital that I could do with one too as he kept having to bring me more books and magazines). It came pre-loaded with RunΒ by Dean Karnazes which I started already. πŸ™‚ I feel very lucky indeed πŸ™‚

I spent today chilling with my parents for most of it, before they are off tomorrow, and it has been lovely πŸ™‚

I did start off with mincemeat topped pancakes πŸ™‚ Yum! They were made of spelt flour, baking powder, almond milk, apple sauce, cinnamon, ginger and a few raisins, topped with the mincemeat from Meridian. Yummy. My best ones yet. I just realised this picture is almost identical to the one with cake and tea- I am loving my tablecloth, placemats and little table decorations right now! πŸ™‚

Any lovely surprises that you had over Christmas? What was your favourite thing that you gave/ received?

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11 thoughts on “Lovely Christmas and a WINNER!”

  1. Looks like a lovely Christmas πŸ™‚ Your hampers look fantastic!

    I feel like I should change my answer to the best present question each time I answer it, haha. But as well as the LoveFilm subscription to Liam, I loved seeing Izzy’s face light up with every present she opened! She’d asked for a chocolate lolly maker which we’d decided not to get her (as it looked rubbish!) so instead bought her some normal chocolate lolly moulds + sticks + chocolate drops. I was really worried she’d be disappointed, but she said it was still her best present (as well as her fancy dress costume, zhu zhu pets etc etc!!) and she can’t wait to make some lollies later today/tomorrow πŸ™‚ bless her, she was so good during the day πŸ™‚

  2. What lovely presents! Sounds like you’ve had such a lovely Christmas. Those sweet mince pancakes sound lovely πŸ™‚ My fave present to give was probably my sisters as we always give each other lovely stuff. I got her a selection of things from Urban Outfitters and some of my home made chocolates. She got me a Topshop voucher, green and blacks chocolate and some lush socks πŸ™‚

  3. What lovely presents – I think the Lilo mug with the note has to be one of the sweetest although I love the hot water bottle too… and I agree with your dad, I’m glad the tile will be on show, it’s lovely! It’s great when you’ve got someone something they’ll really like as a surprise; my brother loved his Thundercats DVD set and my nephew his mini battery powered “aquarium” πŸ™‚
    Glad you had a lovely one

  4. Oh, I am so happy to read this recap, and that things turned out well in the end despite having to stay at home. My Mum was walking by when I was reading this and noted that your xmas cake looks ‘brilliant’ which is quite the compliment since she never, ever rates anyone else’s baking (not because she’s arrogant, but because she has culinary qualifications from when she was younger…one of those fancy pastry-making/patisserie ones, I forget which! And thus has ridiculously high standards. And yes, it’s a cruel irony that she’s so skilled at making food but won’t eat any of it!)

    Your present to your Dad is so beautiful – I loved seeing it again in this post πŸ™‚

    My best (and only) present was from my Mum’s brother, who’s the only close family member to recognise xmas – he’s the one that keeps me in peanut flour several months of the year and he sent me a bunch of 2 kilo bags! Which is just as well as I’d nearly mowed my way through the peanut flour you so generously sent me.



  5. Glad most of you had a good one too (Errign one day you will be off work and get to celebrate).
    Jessica- say thanks to your mum for that πŸ™‚ And hooray for more peanut flour too.
    Lucy- I totally agree I keep changing my mind on the best presents too πŸ™‚
    Eleanor- Thundercats rock!
    Laura- your home-made chocs looks amazing so I bet your sister will love them.

  6. Oh my gosh, yay!!! I’m just doing a catch-up on blogs because I have spent Christmas in the land of no internets and I just saw that I won your giveaway! THANK YOU MARIA!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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