After my break from blogging over the festive period, I thought I’d check in with a recap of all the exciting things that happened.
After a visit to the local fish n’ chips shop for lunch on Christmas Eve, we put on our glad rags and went to the 9 Carols service at York Minster. We knew it would be busy so we aimed to get there almost 45 minutes early. That wasn’t early enough! All the seats in the main section of the Minster were already full, so we sat in the choir section, which was beautiful and acoustically fine, though it made it difficult to see who was speaking. A bonus to sitting there though was that Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, walked through our section which was pretty special.
Christmas Day was just perfect. Even though it was just the two of us, the house was still ringing with happiness. We got up and opened gifts with coffees before moving on to mimosas. We spent the early morning in the kitchen cooking together whilst eating baked ricotta then spoke to all our families. After an insanely delicious lunch, we went out for a Christmas stroll around York (lots of other people had the same idea!) before settling back in the house for an evening of picking at leftovers, more cheese, quiz questions and charades. We also had a mini dance party to our wedding playlist, which was the cherry on the cake.
Post Christmas was for chilling out, doing some work, but mostly destressing – or that was the plan until I got cold number 1 million of the year. But we did squeeze in one activity. A while ago I had booked us tickets to “The Great Gastby” at the Theatre Royal in York, so on the 28th we had to don our best cobbled-together 1920s outfits and brave the freezing weather to get to the theatre. The show was an interactive, promenade piece and it was a hugely enjoyable night out. The actor playing Nick Caraway was particular good. (The show is on for a few more days, so if you’re in the area, I recommend it.)
The Gatsby crowd during a party scene – actors and guests intermingling.
Sam’s family came to stay with us for NYE, and we spent the evening eating delicious homemade Indian food, playing games with the kids and drinking fizz. Then Sam and I headed out to the Minster to join the crowds in Central York right before midnight to hear the bells toll.
It’s been a fabulous holiday season and I’m sad that it’s over! But luckily, with our honeymoon two weeks away, I have something quite immediate to look forward to.
What was the highlight of your holidays?