That’s the presents unwrapped, the turkey eaten, the pigs in blankets devoured, all of the films watched. That’s Christmas done for another year! Can’t lie, I’ve definitely eaten enough to feed a small army today, not mention drank so much Moscato that it’s practically pouring out of my ears.

I hope you all had a magical Christmas, wherever you are in the world ~ 2018 is around the corner, so let us all wish for the best in the upcoming New Year.

PS. Doctor Who was pretty good this year. Scream for Lethbridge-Stewart. Scream because we have finally got rid of Steven Moffatt. Scream because of the new Doctor’s Yorkshire accent.

PPS. That’s Weekmas done and dusted! I hope you all enjoyed. I will be back New Year’s Eve with my year round up post πŸ’•

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