I see it as a little nosey into other people's lives and it also gives me ideas on what I might like to pick up with and gift vouchers I've been given -cos let's face it, when you have a voucher for somewhere suddenly there's nothing you like the look of! I'm not boasting at all, I'm very very grateful for everything I was lucky enough to receive and what means more to me than anything is quality time with the people I love.
Our Christmas was spaced out over a few days. We spent the weekend before hand with my brothers, sister and partners playing games and catching up. I think Cards Against Humanity is best just played ONLY with my close friends and family - I think I'd offend a lot of people with my dark sense of humour! I do always win though....
Now that Mason is 3 this was the first year where he fully understood what Christmas was about so we took him to see Santa for the first time and he got all excited leaving out minced pies and a carrot for the reindeer. On Christmas morning it was lovely see see him get excited about a present for me before he wanted to open a present of his own -I'm hoping that stays because it's such an adorable, selfless trait but I won't hold my breath!
We spent Christmas morning as a little family before we went over to my parents for our traditional Christmas feast.
I know a lot of couples don't bother with presents for each other when they become parents, they like to make it all about the kids but I want Mason to see Christmas as a time for giving as well as receiving presents and he was involved in both shopping for presents as well as wrapping them so he was really excited to give presents to people too.
I'm not going to share everything - mainly because I was too lazy to photograph it all (hey, it's Christmas, and if that isn't an excuse to be lazy I don't know what is!) so I just wanted to share a small selection of lovely little bits I received this year...
I am always complaining about my ears being cold so Sam bought me some lovely soft Ugg Earmuffs. I don't like Ugg boots (or anything without a heel) but these fluffy little Australian devils are something I can get on board with.
We've also got tickets to see The Book of Mormon which I've heard excellent things about. I'm a big fan of Team America and the South Park movie and as this has the same writers I imagine it's something I' going to find hilarious!
Two of my besties got me some lovely bits from Lush in the form of Yoga Bomb and Twilight bath bombs, Candy Mountain, Milky Bath, Ickle little Bot bubble bars and my favourite shower gel Snow Fairy. Along with some Molton Brown treats and the huge chocolate wreath from Hotel Chocolat I think I'm going to have to make some time for some proper 'me time' in the New Year!
My sister got Sam and I a book 'Me, You, Us' which is brilliant. You fill it out as you go along, each page can be with a couple, a friend, a relative - whoever. There's lots of questions in there to fill out and draw together so it's going to be lovely to look back on. I love gifts like this!
Beauty-wise there's some Fake Bake Flawless Darker tan which is one I haven't tried before, some Nivia lip products and the St Tropez Facial Oil. My parents got me a bottle of Bottle of Elie Saab Resort which I have wanted for ages! I swear the tester bottle in my local House of Fraser was mostly used up by me lusting over the scent when ever I went in!
Like I said, I love reading posts like this so if you have written about your Christmas gifts please let me know!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!