I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got to spend time with all your loved ones. I can't believe we're saying goodbye to 2015 already!? Following on with the tradition on LW I've decided to finally share with you what I had for Christmas this year. I personally love to read about everyones Christmas Day's and to see what presents they received - it's lovely to see the thought and creatively put behind gifts. I know not everyone likes these posts but to be quite honest you have to be a bit of a negative ninny to think that right? Just be happy for people.
This year was always going to be different, we lost my Grandma at the end of October and none of us knew what to expect. The day started off with myself and my brother opening our stockings upstairs, along with a few gifts from friends and neighbours. Then we headed on down to the doggies, well my Dad let them up while we finished before the four of us and the dogs headed into the living room to exchange gifts. Come Christmas Day morning I was so excited, I had no idea what I was receiving this year as none of us had any ideas to give. We managed a morning dog walk before around about 11ish my Dad had driven out to the village to collect my Grandad, who was to be staying the night as we didn't want him going back to an empty house. We again, exchanged gifts and spoilt him with a new pipe, black cherry tobacco, car books and his classical music - not forgetting the chocolate.
The Christmas Day dinner was incredible, the turkey was by far the best we've ever had - obviously the new oven was worth the money and trouble in the end. Christmas Eve I'd been manically prepping food to help my Mum, as well as a Christmas Eve buffet and Tom popping in to exchange gifts. It was definitely strange to have an empty seat at the table but we coped and all enjoyed the day. I was also surprised with a small gift that my Grandma ordered just weeks before she passed. I've been the strong one for everyone throughout and I think only now is it really hitting me.
My Grandad had Harry glued to him ALL the time & didn't have to worry about getting back home before it was dark.... He loved staying, we hope he does it more often. Boxing Day my Uncle and his partner popped by to pick my Grandad up, where they were going to have a buffet style dinner back at my Grandads. We don't usually do Christmas Gifts with my uncle & his children but his partner picked me out a few yankee pieces and an adorable notebook from M&S. She's honestly so lovely & we get on like a house on fire. It's all a little complicated with one of his girls being awkward/rude towards getting to know her so I always make sure to make her feel extra welcome.
The one slight negative of the day was mother nature arriving just after dinner, like really? You couldn't have waited a day. Dosing up on pain relief and then my many glasses of bubbly I was the one asleep on the sofa come Christmas evening before getting into my new PJ's, settling down with bad Christmas TV and my adorable Christmas colouring book. Oh and Mollie was such a babe come Christmas Day, she was so well behaved and managed to overcome her fear of wrapping paper to enjoy her presents and take them behind the sofa. The pair also were glued to their antlers, the new pointed one being demolished within a matter of days.
Christmas Eve I was lucky enough to receive the most incredible festive package from Char over at Charlotte Jessica X who ran a Christmas Giveaway. If you don't already follow her youtube/blog I highly recommend you do, she's absolutely lovely. I've included the items in this haul, honestly it was full of the most adorable Christmassy theme snacks, accessories and even treats for Harry&Mollie. <3
SO, here's what I received for Christmas which most items will definitely be reviewed on LW in 2016, I want to improve LW majorly in the new year I feel awful for the neglect this year but we had so much going on. I'm also going to carry on, fighting and getting myself back on track battling away my fears and determined to make 2016 a happy year. If you've posted about your Christmas or Gifts I'd love to read them, leave your links in the comments below. Happy New Year <3 - Lucy xx