What a Christmas! I have been ridiculously busy since the end of November with university, my teaching placement and work. Even though I was working on Christmas day, boxing day and well, most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve had a lovely time. On the 23rd we celebrated my boyfriend Craig’s birthday and a few days later our three year anniversary while on Christmas Day after work and dinner with my family, I headed over to his house for an evening of games with his family. My household has never been one for “family time” so it was nice to experience that kind of atmosphere for the first time in my life.
I was really spoilt this year for gifts, especially by Craig. He got me not one, but two Disney Designer Dolls! Maleficent was from last years collection but sold out before I could get my hands on her. Seeing as i collect her merchandise, there was a squeal of delight when I spotted the packaging. He managed to track her down for me as well as splurging on this years super amazing Fairytale couples collection. Belle and the Beast sold out within a day so I’m so happy and surprised that he got them for me. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to the designer dolls and aim to have them all one day (particularly the villains, 2 down 4 to go), but alas they are so expensive. As well as the dolls, I got a Maleficent mug and hardback Lord of the Rings book. Well and truly spoilt.
The gift from my parents was so random yet super exciting. I have never sewn anything in my life, so upon unwrapping a John Lewis sewing machine I was rather confused. Fast forward a few hours and already I was thinking of projects to do, ordering accessories and becoming a little obsessed with clothes making and DIY furnishings. Unfortunately I haven't had time to play with it yet, but when work quietens down I can see its going to become a great hobby.
Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without a mega unhealthy amount of chocolate. My insides probably look horrific right now after the amount of sugar I've eaten this week. Below is pretty much everything I received! On the left is gifts from my best friends, in the middle from my boyfriend and on the right are gifts from my parents, sister, uncle & family, boyfriends mum and boyfriends sister.
One of the most exciting parts of Christmas, for me, is seeing people open the gifts I have gotten them. As part of Craig’s gift, we set up a “hogwarts letter” situation with letters in the fireplace, a hat and wand on the mantle with his Hogwarts letter waiting to invite him to the Harry Potter studio tour in London. Saying he was excited is an understatement. Me and my sister also got Dad a bread maker which has made the house smell delicious all week. Yummy!
What did you get for Christmas? Who was your favourite person to buy for/give presents too?