Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas, Just the Two of Us

For years my Christmas Day was always the same, spending time at home in Norfolk with my Mum, Dad, two sisters and Grandma.  We always ate Coco Pops for breakfast, Dad wore a Santa hat and told rude jokes and Mum would make the most delicious Christmas lunch.

Then I met Simon and moved to Newcastle and suddenly Christmas became about splitting our time between two families living on opposite sides of the country. With my lot down in Norfolk and Simon's family up in Manchester it's easy to spend a lot of the festive period driving up and down the motorway with a boot full of presents and a head full of road rage.

Christmas as an adult can get a little frantic!



So this year Simon and I decided to take the stress out of Christmas and spend Christmas just the two of us in our brand new house up here in the North East. I was so excited to start some brand new traditions, although perhaps a little worried that Christmas with two people might feel a little strange.

We decided to spend Christmas Eve cosying up in the lounge with some hot chocolate watching Christmas films.  Elf and Love Actually are my favourite festive movies and definitely got us in the mood.

As a little surprise I organised a Christmas Eve box for Simon, he's a big kid at heart and I knew he'd love getting a few treats before the big day.  The box was made by Hugs and Hearts and I'm so happy with it. I filled it with a new pair of snuggly Winter PJs, a pot of Whittards hot chocolate and Gremlins, another festive film to add to our pile.



Being a couple of children we were up pretty early on Christmas Day ready to tear into our stockings. I've always had a stocking at Christmas so was pretty quick to introduce Simon to the idea.  I love shopping for little bits to put in it and he was very happy with his collection of chocolates, toys and a few silly jokey things.



Dress code on Christmas Day is something that seems to differ from family to family.  I've always enjoyed wearing fancy clothes to celebrate but this year we decided that comfort was the best plan so we agreed that Christmas jumpers would definitely be the way forward.
 


No Coco Pops at our Christmas breakfast, instead we decided on smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, we know how to treat ourselves!  I will admit our Festive breakfast actually ended up being a little more stressful than preparing the turkey for lunch. We currently own a very limited number of pots and pans which meant attempting to make scrambled egg in a saucepan (not easy!)



Moving on to the main event and Santa had been pretty kind to us this year with lots of colourful packages under the tree.  Simon bought me the most beautiful rose gold Monica Vinader personalised necklace that I'm obsessed with as well as my very first Jo Malone scent in Blackberry & Bay.



I'm afraid I'm not much of a chef so Simon volunteered to make Christmas Lunch, and as it was his first time he was a little nervous. You hear so many horror stories about preparing turkey for Christmas but with plenty of hits and tips from my Mum, Simon made us the most fantastic feast.  We were both a little shocked by how tasty all of the food was, especially the turkey which was absolute heaven!




So, how did we find Christmas just the two of us? The biggest struggle was buying food to only serve two people. We had to shop around for a small turkey crown and trying to find a dessert that wasn't built for an army of 12 was a little difficult. The day itself was absolutely perfect, shutting out the world and enjoying some quality time together in our new house was just what we needed after a hectic year.

Next Christmas we'll be Mr and Mrs and I'm guessing Christmas will become even more special.

I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families and that you're all having a nice rest over the festive period.  Let me know what you got up to!

23 comments:

  1. Lovely idea to spend Christmas just the two of you. I agree there's always a family dress code and different traditions varying from families, it's lovely to make your own :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie

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    1. I think it'll be our last in our house for quite a while, we'll be back on the road again next year. I haven't seen my Mum on Christmas Day for 2 years now!
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  2. Sounds like you had a lovely day! :)

    xo

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    1. Really lovely thanks, hope you had a great Christmas x

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  3. It sounds like you had the best day...Your Christmas dinner looks so good x

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    1. Simon's now decided he wants to make more roasts now, Sunday lunches in 2016 suddenly got real!

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  4. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. :)
    It's great to keep some 'traditions' but even better making your own as you start a new family. :)
    We had our first Christmas as a family of just 3 last year and although it was lovely, I found myself unsettled.. as we're used to my uncle staying with us, so I have someone to fuss over and entertain.. He qas back to visiting this year, so all is well in the world again! :p

    Caroline.x
    www.notesfromcaroline.com

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    1. I will admit when we face timed my family in the afternoon and we saw them all in the lounge at my parents playing games I felt a little like I was missing out, but the rest of the time we really enjoyed the peace and quiet x

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  5. Aw this sounds lovely, so glad you had such a relaxing Christmas and the dinner looks amazing!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. I shall be encouraging Simon to make a roast every Sunday now :p

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  6. How lovely! I find splitting Christmas between two families (mine being very big too) really stressful, so what a great plan to spend it together. Only thing it seems you were missing....where were your Yorkshire puddings?! It's not a roast dinner without! Hehe. Merry Christmas

    Honeybourne Line

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    1. I know .. we kinda forgot about them! Oooooooops!

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  7. We also had our first Xmas just the two of us and it was so relaxing! Mind you we fitted in a lot of visits to friends and family either side of it. Love that Jo Malone fragrance

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    1. I'm a bit of a new fan and am now obsessed, think I'll be getting another scent for my wedding :)

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  8. Aww this sounds like the perfect day! Glad you enjoyed it :) xx

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    1. I can't believe it's all over, it went so fast!

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    1. Think it'll be our last peaceful one for a while so it was great to really chill out!

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  10. Your Christmas sounds just wonderful Chloe and I think it's nice that you have had this chance to celebrate just the two of you - I bet you look back on it in years to come and remember fondly of eating the best turkey ever with boppers on your head :D

    Our Christmas day lunch was for 14 people and we had turkey and beef - both lovely too xx Merry Christmas xx

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    1. It is crazy to think what life may bring after the wedding ... who knows, next Christmas we could have a little person to look after!

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  11. Congrats on your new home! It looks so cosy and a lovely place to spend Christmas. I'm one of five siblings so we always have a very busy festive period but it must have been so nice to get some peace and quiet to the two of you x

    www.freydefleur.com

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    1. Thank you :) Wow, five of you must have made for a manic Christmas! I'm one of three and that's loud enough!

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  12. Sounds lovely and relaxing, just think next year you will be married. I love the festive jumpers and the perfume from Jo Malone sounds wonderful, I have a new one to try out. Happy New Year Lucy x

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