Esra and I spent our first Christmas together in Chicago.
Our second Christmas was the first Christmas we had spent in our new home in the UK.
This Christmas (technically our third together) is our FIRST Christmas as Mr & Mrs!
I have a couple of other friends who are also celebrating their first Christmas as husband and wife this year, 2017 was a good year for weddings.
This Christmas we are in our new home and whilst I have never really been one to celebrate Christmas and get all festive, I have actually enjoyed decorating this house. Our enormous garden just keeps on giving, and I spent a Sunday morning collecting holly and ivy some fir branches and some berries. Unfortunately at the moment our garden outhouse is blocked off with scaffold for next doors barn conversion, so I was unable to get my hands on my florist wire and secateurs and had to improvise. Brown string and insulation tape worked just as well, and whilst not as ‘proper’, it did the job.
Esra and I spent a wonderful and fun day shopping in Yeovil for baubles, fake snow, window decorations and extra lights to build upon last years purchases. We have also created our own little tradition of purchasing a stunning and exceedingly expensive bauble each. We anticipate at our 10 year anniversary we will have a tree which can be decorated with beautiful glass baubles instead of the plastic ones which now adorn it. We didn’t manage to find the baubles we wanted in Yeovil and instead went back into Salisbury to find the shop we bought last years to get another two.
Having created the small bundles of greenery to decorate the shelves, the fireplace and the mirror I then set to stringing 1000 white Christmas lights around the huge ground floor sash windows. As a double fronted house I decorated each window the same with fake snow, fake snowflakes, lights and more greenery. I think it looked lovely, even if I do say so myself. I am actually surprised at myself, as all this was done early in December, long before anyone else on the street. However, I would like to point out that it was done in December and NOT November which is just not on. Whilst I have been a little more festive this year, in fact since living with Esra, I will not discuss Christmas, purchase anything for Christmas and certainly not start decorations until the first day of the month. Playing Christmas carols in October is just so crass and uncalled for, in my humble opinion. Keep Christmas to the month of December and we can be friends.
This year I will not be seeing my family for Christmas. I am working between Christmas and New Year and Esra is likely working over that period too. Besides I will see my parents in January as they are coming down to care for the cats and the house whilst we are away on our Honeymoon. It is precisely because of that honeymoon that Es and I have also agreed to only one present each this year and we are to stick to a budget. I would much rather have more spending money for our holiday than more ‘stuff’.
I will be cooking a Christmas dinner for Es and I tomorrow, turkey (of course) and all the trimmings, a bottle of Prosecco and as a day off from the diet a decadent dessert is in order. We will cuddle in front of the fire with the boys (Boo and Catticus) and watch festive movies on TV much like everyone else.
It has been a good year and a tough year in equal measure and I think we all deserve a well earned break. So, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a lovely peaceful Christmas, filled with fun and relaxation.