For me, there’s no better place to spend Christmas than the countryside. The rural setting really helps to strip Christmas back to what it should be, removing it from the over-Commercialisation of the day.
Located in a chocolate-box village, our new cottage is the perfect setting for Christmas – it’s like being in The Holiday minus Jude Law, unfortunately.
Luckily I was given Christmas Eve off and was able to spend it with my family. We have to open the shop on Christmas Eve but it’s always a really relaxed atmosphere on Catherine Hill, unlike the madness of panic-stricken shoppers on the high street!
After a morning spent brunching in the Garden Cafe with Chloe and browsing the lovely little independent shops, we closed early and headed home. Whilst we waited for Grandad to arrive, Chloe and I went for a walk around the village, or Shire as I like to call it, in the stunning winter sunlight.
I was relieved to see the village geese were still on the pond and weren’t being prepared for Christmas lunch the next day!
When Grandad arrived we went to the pub and enjoyed a mulled wine or two by the fire before going home to watch Carol’s from King’s and wait for Father Christmas to come…
On Christmas Day we woke to find stockings filled to the brim with bits and bobs including this book – I’m not entirely sure what Father Christmas is trying to imply!
We then all opened our presents to each other. I love giving presents, especially when I know it’s something they really wanted.
I was given some lovely things, like this bobble hat from Chloe and mug from her boyfriend Ben (both from my favourite shop, Anthropologie).
My parents bought me a jumper, material and pattern to make a skirt as well as Robert Harris’ latest book, which I can’t wait to read.
This year our Christmas table was especially pretty with Beyond the Fridge placemats and coasters. My mum even made matching crackers in her holly pattern, each with personalised jokes and gifts inside. She always goes to so much effort at Christmas and it’s the little things that make it so special.
It was a truly lovely day, mostly spent eating (I think I might still be in a food coma…) and laughing with loved ones, which is what Christmas is all about.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!