Sunday 30 December 2012

And Christmas Came

Hope your Christmas has been truly smashing. It's been lovely here; slow, peaceful, cosy and quiet...ish.
We made it to The Eve with a tiny margin to spare - just big enough to squeeze in some homemade sausage rolls, mulled cider and the Good Life Christmas special which is a bit of a ritual of ours.
I couldn't wait to get cosy and as soon as the door was shut on Christmas Eve the baking began and we settled in. There's been much loafing about in new slippers, munching of cake, game playing and long afternoon reads.
Our Christmas Day was wet and dreary but all the more snug for it I think. We ate lunch late in the afternoon, just as the light was going. There was a moment when the turkey went onto the table with the candles flickering when I felt so grateful and happy to be with my little family at home together. I'll never forget it.
The boys have been thrilled with everything they were given and our family and friends have been so kind. We were all happiest though about Grandma staying for three whole days and she's back tomorrow for New Year.
The lurgy has spared us so far but I'm trying not to mention it as everyone else has succumbed and I can't bear to think about it. Luckily we've still managed to catch up with the family and had some of those precious, slumpy afternoons full of laughter, party games and mince pies.
I'll miss the decorations when they go - but not for a little while yet. I want to squeeze the last drops of Yuletide out before I step back out into the real world again.
The rain has been relentless so we've not ventured far, aside from an ice skating treat and a Boxing Morning walk  down past the water meadows. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for New Year's Day and a stroll over the hills. Not a bad way to start 2013. Happy New Year xxx


Nic said...

Happy new year :)

haggiz said...

Where did you get your mistletoe brooch? I made Christmas cards with those on this year and never thought about making brooches out of them! Julie x

Bobo Bun said...

Hi Steph

Lovely cosy images and descripton of christmas at its best. We're trying to squeeze it out for as long as we can here too. Methinks the real world will try and intrude on Wednesday next to be honest. We're planning an Epiphany Feast on Sunday in honour of Mike's love of The Dead from Joyce's Dubliner's. A good wayto end the season, take the tree down and move forward on the Feast of the Kings methinks.

So glad to see you still enjoy wearing your brooch and it looks in good nick too.

Happy New Year for when it arrives.

Lisa X

MyCretanlife said...

We had a great christmas aswell. Hope you have a lovely New year. 2013 xxx

thriftwood said...

Have a lovely New Year and hope the lurgy stays away ... We succumbed I'm afraid! I have a mistletoe brooch like yours given to me by a bloggy friend last year, and I love it.

Love Claire xxx

The mum of all trades said...

So glad to see you are keeping your decorations up for another wee while. We are doing the same here. Its not often we all get to chill out in PJ's and eat all day, so I'm determined to drag it out! Happy New Year to you all.

Everydaythings said...

I really like the misletoe brooch and the gorgeous dresser you have!

happy NY!

Katy Noelle said...

You said it just perfectly!:"I'll miss the decorations when they go - but not for a little while yet. I want to squeeze the last drops of Yuletide out before I step back out into the real world again."

I'm never in a total rush to get into Christmas and slow to leave. We still have a few days as a family - warm and cozy inside - before we go back to school on Wednesday. Fun and happy times!

wishing lots of goodness to you and your family, too, in the next few days and in the new year!


Rose Fern said...

Happy New Year!
Beautiful photos!Your home is always so cozy and warm...
I have been wandering around with a Chrismtassy brooch and earrings myself thrpughout the holiday season! Don't you think it's uplifting for us but for the peaple who spot it as well?

Claire/Just a little less said...

A lovely Christmas Steph. I always enjoy glimpses of your cosy home. Enjoy the rest of the break. Happy New Year !
Claire at Just a little less xo

Country Rabbit said...

lots of wonderful festive photos, your home looks so cosy...loving the brooch and knitwear...much happiness and good health for 2013 for you and your sweet family x

Elderberry-Rob said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year 2013. Your pictures look very homely and festive, Betty

Sue said...

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family Steph,as ever, smashing post and photo's
Best Wishes for 2013,

Frances said...

No matter if your Christmas weather was's clear that your home was bright and cheery!

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year. I'm already looking forward to the pleasure of visiting here.


Marylène L. said...

Wishing you a very happy happy new year from Belgium !

just Gai said...

Happy New Year Steph!

Pilgrim at Kerjacob said...

Just LOVE the print at the start of you post.
Happy New Years to you from France.

Diane. x

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful eye and insight about life, family, nature, and happiness all year. Happy New Year to you and your family. Peace from Berkeley California.

Gill said...

Loving the cardie and the brooch - where are they from? (if you know) Happy New Year to you and all yours, Steph. Here's to another year of blogging xx

Jo said...

A lovely post - looks like a peaceful, yet fun-filled holiday. And I LOVE the cardi and brooch!
Happy New Year to you!
Jo x

56Merlot said...

Steph, Thank you for sharing your blog. I have been viewing for about two years. You have a beautiful home and I enjoy your photos and comments so very much. I am looking forward to seeing more of your side of the world in 2013. Happy New Year to you and your family from Mesa, Arizona, USA. Della