Friday, 13 December 2013

The countdown to our first family Christmas begins!

This weekend, our Christmas celebrations get well and truly underway. Our closest friends happen to not live that close so birthdays and Christmas are key times of year for us to get together and celebrate, big time. For many years now, we've enjoyed Mock Christmas - basically, Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day, all a few weeks early.

Last year I had bump and this year we have Ethan so we are even more excitable than usual. Our friends Bex and Nat both have houses in Durham and we will be splitting our three days of festive frolics between the two. From bubbly for breakfast to the mammoth present opening and huge Christmas dinner, it's always a weekend to remember.


Hubs will be meeting us there after finishing work for the last time in 2013 and Ethan and I will be heading up with a car packed to the hilt with homemade crackers, tins of gingerbread, bags of presents and all the things that a little person needs when you go away - basically, EVERYTHING they own! Add to that the fact we're in charge of snacks and drink for the weekend - think pretzels, peanuts, chips and dip, cookies, chocoloate, pop, Baileys, Mulled wine... - and I have serious concerns that I might just have to take the clothes I'm standing in to wear for a whole week!

After our Mock Christmas weekend, the three of us are heading to Cumbria for five days at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest. We have a new style woodland lodge, complete with real fireplace, and will be enjoying fireworks over the lake, a trip to Santa's workshop and we'll be meeting  real reindeer too as part of their winter wonderland experience. Apparently the village is transformed at this time of year and it sounds like it's going to be the perfect start to our first Christmas together. It'll be strange for us as our first visit to a Center Parcs was last year for our anniversary when we knew we had a little bun in the oven, so now to have Ethan here with us when we go back will be an amazing feeling.



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