A (Not So) British Christmas

I am writing this comfortably snuggled in the bed of our London hotel. We are catching an early flight to Berlin tomorrow morning so we spent most of our Christmas day on the road. My first Christmas in England had nothing ‘traditionnally British’ about it, but it was perfect nonetheless.

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We actually did most of the celebrations on Christmas Eve. After a festive Parkrun at Belton House, we visited my in-laws for a cup of tea (I tried mince pies for the first time; definitely not a favourite) and to exchange some presents. My mother-in-law offered me a beautiful guide to ‘Britain’s historical landscape’ that I look forward to reading before our next adventure to the countryside in January.

In the afternoon, we started packing for our trip and I skyped my dad. Seeing the snowy landscape back in Québec made me long for a white Christmas… Same time last year, Edward and I were taking a walk in the still, crisp cold of a Canadian winter; such a contrast  with the green grass and humid freshness of England.

After a nice dinner, we got to the best part: presents! I have been spoilt. I received two novels, a leather bracelet for my FitBit, a Kindle case, lingerie and the most perfect Manfrotto travel tripod. I gave Edward a warm cashmere jumper, the latest PS4 release, a leather band for his FitBit (great minds think alike!) and a beautiful ‘collector’s edition’ Blue-Ray of The Force Awakens.

We ended the evening cuddled up on the sofa with hot drinks and a classic Christmas movie, Scrooged.

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I did get a taste of a more ‘traditional’ English Christmas the weekend before when we were invited over to friends for a day of festivities – complete with a roast dinner, crackers and gifts. Once again, I was spoilt. Some friends got together to make me a giant hamper full of Canadian goodies. I am a very lucky girl!

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To be honest, Christmas has never been my thing and I’ve never really liked the festive season… This year is different. I don’t know if it’s because of Edward’s contagious enthusiam for it or simply because everything is finally falling into place, but I truly enjoyed these past few days.

Merry, merry Christmas!

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