Life

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. ~ Earl Nightingale

Merry Christmas Eve!

Tomorrow is officially Christmas — are you ready?! I literally just finished my Christmas shopping yesterday. Since finishing work up for the holidays, I have eaten a ridiculous amount that it’s no wonder that I don’t look like a small whale, right now. I mean as I am typing this, I am eating πŸ˜‚ That’s my favourite part of Christmas, not that I need an excuse, but the amount of food consumption. To be fair, I should be careful though because I have definitely started to feel the effects of eating too much… At the moment, though, can’t stop, won’t stop!

This week, I’ve had three Friendsmas gatherings and they have been so wonderful. On Thursday, a few work colleagues gathered at our friend’s house and we cooked, drank and ate and it was so nice. We had a whole feast going on including: roast beef, potato bake, mac and cheese, honey roasted parsnips, brussel sprouts, pigs in blankets, quiche, fried chicken and lumpia. We also had sticky toffee pudding and custard for dessert, which was so so yummy. 

My Secret Santa at work got me a framed picture of Rick from Rick & Morty with Szechuan sauce and some drawing pens. πŸ˜­πŸ’•

On Friday, I went down to Dirty South in Lewisham for me and my friends’ annual Secret Santa dinner. We originally wanted to go to a place for actualy Christmas dinner, but most places wanted you to put down 50% deposit and yadda yadda. I suggested we go to Dirty South instead where they do Other Side Fried burgers. If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen me posting quite a bit about these burgers. They are soooo delicious. I went for the Honey Butter burger (fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, pickles, lettuce) and Dirty Fries (bacon, parmesan, hot sauce, ranch sauce). Nom, nom, nom. 

My Secret Santa got me Harry Potter socks, a Harry Potter mug and a Doctor Who mini calendar which I will definitely be using at work. Thank you, πŸŽ…πŸΎ πŸ’•

Last night, a few uni friends and I gathered and again we cooked, drank, ate and played Cards Against Humanity to show everyone just how depraved we are. Our feast included: turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets, yorkshire puddings with gravy, sweet potato hash, mac and cheese, vegetables and lumpia. We also had gateau for dessert and there was plenty of wine and rose flowing, as well. It was such a lovely evening, and I was absolutely shattered by the time I got home.

Do you have any special gatherings with your friends during the Christmas period?

I wanted to go to several markets to write for this post, but I only managed to visit one with my mum the other day.

Nevertheless, I had fun wandering around Borough Market and looking at all the goodies the sellers had on display. I love grabbing a mulled wine from one of the stalls and browsing what’s for sale. With 14 different herbs and spices, the mulled wine I chose was so delicious. I also managed to pick up some fudge from Whirld and beer sticks from Canon & Canon. I also got to smell some truffles, whilst my mum was in the background telling me that they look like poop πŸ˜‚ We passed by a barbershop quartet who were singing Christmas songs, as well. So, so lovely. The market itself was decorated beautifully and I loved the Christmas trees they had up 😍 

There are still some markets running after Christmas, so I definitely want to hit those up. Took a few photos on my trip to Borough Market, so enjoy. Do you like going to markets? If so, what’s your favourite thing about them?

My mum is always in charge of the Christmas tree and I just realised that I haven’t posted any pictures of our tree anywhere on social media!

This year she went for a silver and red theme and as always it turned out amazing 😍

I also mentioned that I decorated a mini tree for my desk at work, and my mum picked up some mini decorations for me. I also managed to nab some fairy lights from Poundland and with the spare tinsel I wrapped some fairy lights around it and put it on my screen!

What does your Christmas tree look like? Do you go for real or fake?

Dear Santa,

I can’t remember the last time I wrote to you. I vaguely remember writing a few letters when I younger asking for the usual kid things like toys, but this year I’m not wishing for anything like that.

As you know, this year I’ve been alright… mostly. 2017 has been so up and down, but I’m happy to report that it has mostly had its ups. I feel a lot smarter and wiser, and that I can achieve anything that I put my heart to. A lot of progress has been made this year in terms of finding myself and putting the work into making my dreams come true. I know I have a long way to go, but what’re a few bumps along the way?

This year has sadly seen so much violence and terror, and it makes my heart sad — we, as humans, should be looking after our planet and the people on it, but yet all I see everyday is fighting and war and hate. I’m not asking for much this year. All I ask for is peace this Christmas season and to keep everyone safe, warm and happy. That’s not too much to ask, is it? 

Despite all this, there are still the little lights in the dark that make me know that everything is not so bad. I’m not sure what else to ask you for Santa, but I know that I am thankful for this year. There has been so much love, many laughs and discovering new things. 

Hope you get a break this year, Santa – I know you and your elves are working super hard this year because the children of the world deserve all the happiness you can give. I’ll be sure to leave you some cookies and milk and carrots for your reindeer. πŸ’•

Love,

Chynna

Every time I hear Jingle Bell Rock I just think of Mean Girls and Gretchen kicking the boom box into Jason’s face. I die every single time of laughter. Classic.

Time to bust out your Christmas jumper, make a hot drink and settle down to some festive tunes. I love Christmas songs, but I don’t really get into them until it’s actually December. Anytime before that and I’m like, “NOOOO, IT’S TOO EARLY.” I swear Christmas starts in the shops earlier and earlier every year — I swear it’ll become a thing where before we’ve even finished summer, they’ll be decorating the windows with Christmas lights and tinsel.

A good classic Christmas song is the best way to rouse festive cheer and there’s nothing quite like belting out All I Want For Christmas Is You when you’re drunk at your work Christmas party. My absolute favourite Christmas song has got to be Fairytale of New York, which is another great song to sing at the top of your lungs πŸ˜‚

Mutay took me along to Hillsong London’s Christmas Carols the other night and it was absolutely amazing. I was blown away and wasn’t expecting the full-scale theatre production that they put on! I couldn’t help but sing along (okay, mouth along because I can’t sing for shxt) to the songs they sang like O Come All Ye Faithful and Joy To The World. The electricity in the room was just… wow, and when people started taking out their lights and waving them in the air it was so beautiful. You can actually watch it here!

The event put me in such a warm and happy mood and I’m so glad I went. Will definitely have to try and make it a yearly thing!

I’ve also put some of my favourite Christmas tunes in a Spotify playlist, so you can listen in your own time — Enjoy! What are some of your favourite Christmas songs?