Hope you are well and are looking forward to Christmas! A week today!! Cannot wait!
So here is my final Thinking Out Loud Christmas instalment! I must admit it has been fun to revisit some questions each week and to review what has been going on in my household!
1) Christmas Countdown
I have loved our countdown this year, not only because of the 5 calendars! Our house has smelt amazing over the past couple of weeks thanks to our Yankee Candle advent calendar, giving us a different tea light each day! My favourite so far is Christmas garland!
This past week for our 24 days of togetherness we have had…
- Buy a new decoration (still to do)
- Make up a Christmas story (we did them as stories before bed! Great fun!)
- Sing a Christmas song on the way to CrossFit (it certainly cheered me up, sad about having to run in the wind and rain!)
- Meet after work for a Christmas Coffee (Whole Foods do almond milk cappuccinos!)
- Play Uno
- Listen to each of our favourite Christmas Songs
- Watch a film under the duvet (still to do)
2) Christmas Food & Drink
I think my favourite item this week has been our Christmas coffee that we picked up from TK Maxx (TJ Max for those in the States). It is soooo good – by Paramount Coffee – their ‘Naughty’ range… dark chocolate….mmmmm!
3) Current Favourite Christmas Song
Still listening to the Christmas radio station all day long and loving it! Although I must admit I am learning A LOT of the words to songs, many of which are finally revealing their true meaning. Have you ever had that with a song? Really LISTENED to the words and were shocked when you worked out what it was actually all about. I know many people have been shocked when a seemingly ‘romantic’ song for their wedding dance turns out to be one about divorce, revenge or cheating!
Anyhoo, current favourite song – Paul McCartney Wonderful Christmas Time!
4) Christmas Planning
I think we are pretty much sorted for Christmas now. Present shopping done, cards written, parcels sent. And we have also created our Christmas menu. See yesterdays post.
Yesterday I also made our Cranberry Sauce – oh Peas and Crayons Jenn, you are a genius! Your Cranberry Sauce is amazing and the lime gives it such a zing! Want the recipe? See yesterdays post for the link!
5) Christmas Treat
My Christmas treat is seeing my parents this weekend for my 2nd Christmas of the season! Tomorrow David and I will be travelling up to northern Scotland to stay with mum and dad for the weekend and have our own Christmas celebration – I am sooo excited!
6) Christmas Movie Update
Once again, crazy week with lots to do! But we got a few of them in!
Finished the Santa Clause trilogy – 3rd film is so good, in fact all 3 are great! That is because Tim Allen is a genius!
I recorded and watched one of those ‘made for TV’ Christmas movies – ‘Hats off to Christmas’. I had no expectations but was actually pleasantly surprised!
Also we watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – only discovered this one last year but I love it, so funny!
Total so far -18!
7) Christmas Tip
My final Christmas tip for the season – ENJOY YOURSELF!
The day isn’t about the presents, food, drink etc (although that certainly extends its wonder). No, it’s about being with the people you love and spending time together. Being grateful, thankful, happy and laughing.
Don’t spend forever in the kitchen (prep a few days before – even chopping veggies can be done in advance), share out the tasks and jobs to be done and don’t fear the treats!
Any must see Christmas movies for me? Still to watch 2 amazing ones, Elf and Scrooged!
Do you like flavoured coffee?
Who are you spending Christmas with this year?
Linking up with Amanda over @RunningwithSpoons for ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Thursday!