Christmas in Virginia 2019.

This Christmas was the second time I've spent it in Virginia in ten years and also my first time back in America since I got my citizenship some two and a bit years ago. I have to admit to being anxious before I went, as I'm rather fond of my family's traditions and also it was the longest I've been away from home in two years, which seems crazy considering we used to live in the U.S. Now though, Nanna is older and I feel quite settled here, so it felt like a big deal. I thought I would share some pictures of my highlights with you today, as we haven't done a post like this in a while, I love pictures and I had a wonderful time. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas too.

One of the more enjoyable parts of this trip was sitting still and relaxing a little bit. I actually managed to watch a whole series of a show - two if you count The Mandalorian as well - and it was really nice. I'm not usually one for sadness and drama, but Virgin River got me hooked. Have you seen it?

One of the days, myself, my mother in law and Meme had a girly baking day. We made peanut butter Hershey kiss cookies, chocolate fudge, gingerbread donuts and Christingles. I haven't made a Christingle since I was in primary school and it was a lot of fun. It made me feel very nostalgic.

Christmas Eve was spent having a Gingerbread house competition and playing family feud, which was hilarious. I adore decorating Gingerbread houses and have only done it once or twice before. I really want to make it a tradition though. Do you have any traditions like this?

One morning I had a lovely bit of me time; I finished a book, finished Virgin River and then watched an hour long Taron Egerton Bafta Interview. It was a morning where I just felt very grateful. My husband may pick on me every now and again for my fangirling tendancies, however I then woke up on Christmas day to a signed Blu-Ray sleeve of Rocketman that he managed to get from a friend of a friend of a friend, or something like that. I was incredibly touched and absolutely love it.

Christmas was full of delicious food, check out the charcuterie board I made on Christmas Eve, and chatting with family. Everyone was very happy to see us and I felt very lucky to have such an amazing family on the other side of the world. In some ways it felt strange that I hadn't seen them in two years and in other ways it felt like we hadn't missed a beat.

On the last evening we all went to Winterfest at Kings Dominion and it was truly magical. If there's one thing other than the food, music and decorations I love at Christmas, it's the lights. We had a walk round the park, went on a ride, ate chips and just soaked up the Christmas vibes. It was a great way to end a brilliant holiday. I honestly couldn't believe how quick two weeks went. 

How was your Christmas? Please feel free to share the highs and the lows if you need a place to talk.

I do want to point out that I am so grateful for all of these moments. I'm aware that not everyone's Christmas looks like this and if yours didn't it's okay, even Lucy's was very different to mine. The older we get the more we're learning that there doesn't need to be so much preassure for the big day. It is just a day after all. We love Christmas just as much as the next person, but it doesn't have to be perfect. My reality, apart from the moments in these pictures, was waking up everyday hoping that Nanna was Okay and coming home to her not being very well having caught an infection just before Christmas. We're not exactly sure what the New Year holds, but that's why we encourage you all to enjoy quality time with those you love and to put nothing but love and kindness into the world.

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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