‘Scuse the radio silence for the past week, like kind of got taken over by this little thing called Christmas and a rather long essay… Let’s just say I’ll be very happy when 19th January rolls around and I’ll be out of essay season for a little while.
Now, let’s get to the good bit. Aka CHRISTMAS!! The best time of the year. I always find there’s something rather magical about the build up to Christmas, the weather getting colder… the nights drawing in… indoors seeming super cosy and homely… and simply the fact that everyone seems happier, there is a sense of anticipation and excitement in the air. And then you get to spend the day itself with your slightly dysfunctional family, which you can only laugh about!
I gave in my last essay (of 2014) in on my final day in London so decided to host a dinner party for some of my (old) uni friends. A festive dinner party at that…
I was rather pleased that I sneakily managed to feed my friends and entirely paleo meal and a gluten free dessert (complete with hidden veggies) and nobody noticed. In fact, they still don’t know. Victory!
The next day I then proceeded to travel home complete with one giant rucksack of clothes, one wheelie suitcase of textbooks and running shoes (priorities) and my mini rucksack with my laptop. Elegant it was not.
To continue on the photos of me looking like an idiot theme, when I got home I rediscovered my epic Christmas jumper from last year (second prize at the work Christmas party last year thank you very much). How do I look?
Having completed the Christmas shop in said jumper (I ditched the baubles and fairy lights…) it was time to get baking!! It was so nice to have a bit of an escape from studying and get back to my favourite form of therapy. Each year I make Nigella Lawson’s chocolate log and this year was no different. It’s SO good.
And I even made paleo mince pies complete with homemade mincemeat! These were so stressful (darn pastry) but I must say I was pretty chuffed with the result. (I used this recipe)
Combine that with our beaut of a Christmas tree and I was feeling pretty festive come Christmas Day!
Each year I go for a Christmas Day run, and each year I try to drag my dad along, this time to success! We went for the run/jog/walk option and it was such a beautiful day, I felt so lucky to run with my dad especially since I figured I can run by myself any day of the week but running with my dad? That is rare. Trust me.
It’s been so lovely to be so relaxed about the Christmas festivities this year. Not once have I stressed about what I’ve eaten, how much I’m exercising or what my body looks like (well, only very briefly on that one). Instead, I’ve just been able to enjoy time with family and catching up with old friends. This is the first time that I can remember being so calm over such things this time of year which is a huge deal for me! And what’s more, because I’ve been so calm about things I haven’t crazily eaten all the things and I’ve been able to keep up exercising when I want to, and sleeping when I need to. Finally!
Even with the mountain of work, it’s been a very merry Christmas indeed. Plus, getting up early to study isn’t quite so bad when you’ve got this beautiful sunrise to watch…
How was your Christmas? Have you still been busy over the festive season or did you manage to get some time off?