Hey peeps! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
Love this jumper!
Rewind to Christmas Eve. As the weather was meant to be better I had planned a run, but as it was so gloomy first thing I had breakfast, wrapped some presents and then headed out before lunch. I could not decide on my route- I knew the fields would be a no go because of all the rain (I tried them the other weekend and it was rather bog-like), so I headed off and started to think about trying “the hill” route (a Sweatshop run). It was so windy that for the first mile I could barely hear my podcast and the going was very slow! My leg was feeling fine so when I got near the hill I decided to go for it and see how I managed the route. I took the hill very slow, but I felt good. There was lots of flooding around- at one point I had to run on the road as the pavement was so flooded, at another point I ran down to an underpass, saw the flood and ran back up again. After 4 miles I was feeling so good- I was about a mile from home but there is a little loop I can add on, so I went for it. There is a ditch (or a small stream or something) and it had flooded and water was pouring out over it, across the pavement and into the road. I have never seen that before- shows how much it rained on Monday. Anyway, I got home having run 5.5 miles and feeling really good. Hooray!
Once I was out the shower (and put on my Home Alone jumper!) Andy got home from work so we had lunch and then settled down for some festive movies. We put on “It’s a Wonderful Life” and did some more wrapping. The weather was still good so we stopped it half way through for a walk in the sunshine (well, as it was setting). Then I started decorating our Christmas cakes as we finished watching it.
I made us little gingerbread men and holly leaves (I used cutters for them) as it matches my Christmas teapot.
Hooray! We had a Christmas Eve tea- bread, cheese (Wensleydale with cranberries for me, and some sort of blue cheese for Andy), salad and pickles.
And of course some Christmas tea (Celestial Nutcracker tea which is black tea with vanilla and spices). The teapot was a bit drippy when it was full- not so good. But it looks pretty! We also had a slice of Christmas cake- very tasty indeed.
Then we watched The Snowman- I just love it. I saw that the new one was on so have taped it, but not watched it yet.
Then I got out my cake decorating bits again, and started doing the cakes for our parents. I had seen these cute reindeer on The Pink Whisk so I started making them. I had some Lindor truffles which I thought would be perfect for their bodies.
They were not the easiest to make- the heads were a bit heavy and kept sliding off at first. But I managed to make 4 in the end, phew! I could not decide what should be on the rest of the cake, but I had these snowflake cutters so I coloured some icing blue, cut out the middle with the smaller one, then added purple to the leftover icing before cutting out with the larger snowflake. I also had some lustre dust so added that for fun.
The only problem was that their antlers were a bit too high meaning that the lids would not shut on the tins. It made for an interesting car journey as Andy had to hold both cakes on his lap- luckily it is only a ten minute drive!
I tied ribbons around the cakes too, but not sure where that photo went.
While I was finishing up, Andy then watched Die Hard. We had a bit of a move marathon!
The other week I bought some pretty topcoat (a pearly one) and last week I painted my nails with lilac topped with it for a frosty look. Once the cakes were decorated I swapped for a pink with the top coat for a more festive vibe. Finally I made some cinnamon roll dough (it needed to go in the fridge overnight) ready for breakfast. Then we did a little bit of packing.
On Christmas morning we opened a few presents at home- we gave each other small presents are we are having a few days in Nice for our Christmas present to each other.
Then we loaded up my car and headed to my parents first. We had the cinnamon rolls and swapped presents with my family. My Dad and brother were very pleased with their Parkrun tags- I was impressed that my Mum had managed to keep it a secret (as she had to find out their barcode numbers and let me know).
Then we headed to Andy’s family for lunch. After lunch we played games, went out on a walk for some fresh air, played more games, and then swapped presents when Andy’s other brother came around (he was working earlier in the day).
We tried not to have too late a night, as we were up pretty early to catch our flight to Nice. But more on that next time!
How did you celebrate Christmas this year? Found anything good in the sales? I have had a little look on-line but nothing has really leapt out at me.