bokeh fairy lights, christmas tree lights
And just like that, Christmas is over for another year. It was just as stressful as the gone by – everything seems to go 100mph on the day – but it is always worth it in the end. 
With the wonderful addition to the family this year, my 8 month old niece, Edie, was the star of our Christmas day. Surrounded by all the people who love her (and also many MANY colourfully wrapped presents, all just for Edie!). Surprisingly, she knew how to open her presents – elegantly, at a snail pace ?, but still, she was keen to rip away some wrapping paper off her gifts!
christmas presents under the christmas tree
As mentioned in a recent Yankee Candle blogpost, I was in charge of the table setting this year. I didn’t do the best job as I forgot about the Christmas crackers and only remembered 5 hours after we ate dinner! To be honest, there wasn’t much to it, I kept it as simple and minimal as possible, but the crackers would have made all the difference! 
christmas table centre piece
christmas table setting
Nevertheless, the emergency guest chairs were fetched from the garden shed and the family assembled around the dinner table to have THE BEST MEAL OF THE YEAR.
parma ham and melon starter
Starter was parma ham, melon, with a couple of slices of smoked salmon thrown in there for good measure. Don’t let the small plate fool you. I went back for seconds (and thirds). :-/
christmas dinner
Next year, I must remember not to pig out on the starter and leave room for the main dinner. The one I’ve been waiting for all year. We had turkey, honey glazed ham, beef with all the trimmings; stuffing, veggies, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, honey roast parsnips, pigs in blanket, dates in blanket, and homemade cranberry sauce. 

cheeseboard at christmas
Regardless of how full I am, there is always room for cheese. And sticky toffee pudding. And ice-cream. ?

the nutcracker christmas decoration
ginger exotic shorthair cat
minature poodle, apricot poodle
wine at christmas
We rounded the evening with a film and instead of putting something Christmassy on, we decided to watch Dirty Grandpa. This resulted to my Chinese grandma repeatedly saying that she had to wash her eyes as soon as she got home, haha. Oooops.
Gonna stick with Elf or Harry Potter next year!!
So… until next year… ?
I hope you all had a fab Christmas too! 
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