31 Dec 2015

My December 2015

December has been fast-paced, intense and has come and gone way too quickly. Like the whole year, in fact. Without wanting to sound like a broken record, I can’t believe today is the last day of 2015 and another year has drawn to a close. This is nuts! I always feel a little apprehensive and melancholic at the end of each year. I don’t know why, but somehow I always put a lot of meaning and symbolism on the end of one 12 month period and the beginning of the next. Like one era is coming to an end, and another one is about to start, and I’m always anxious what the next one will bring. I can’t help it, but I’m a little nervous of 2016, like I am at New Year’s Eve of every year. It’s silly, really, isn’t it? It’s just another day following another day and so on, but somehow to me it represents so much more. So here’s hoping that 2016 will be a good year and one I can look back on this time next year with fondness and happy memories.

On that note, here are my highlights of December, which has been very much dominated by Christmas and lots of festive activities and shenanigans.

1. Putting up our Christmas tree. This year we decided not to get our usual real tree and opt for a fake one instead. And I have to say, I am a convert, I loved our tree. Becky helped me decorate it and we had quite a few personalised paraphernalia on it that the kids brought back from nursery / school. I will always have a soft spot for real trees, but the practicalities of the fake one are pretty convincing. 

2. Becky went to see Santa and had a lovely time. He must have known that she had been a good girl all year, judging by the amount of presents she got for Christmas!

3. Becky took part in her first nativity play at school, and I can’t even find the superlatives to describe just how cute, lovely and moving it was – and beautifully produced, too! Rarely have I felt more proud and joyous than at that moment seeing my little snowflake.

4. A few days later it was Becky’s birthday and she turned five. We had a party for her at our village hall with lots of her friends and she had a great time dressed as a fairy. 

5. I did a spot of partying myself, don't you know! It was our office Christmas party, and it was lovely. The food was great, the drinks were flowing, and it was brilliant to let my hair down a bit and do some Mum dancing *ahem*. Last year I was on maternity leave and the year before I was pregnant and couldn't enjoy a drink, so I made the most of my rare opportunity to have a social life and to catch up with my friends and colleagues outside of work. 

6. December was also the month we sat down with Becky and watched some Christmas movie classics, complete with a tub of Ben & Jerrys. I think this is the making of a family tradition. 

7. A few days before Christmas we set off for Germany to spend the holidays with my parents. This year we decided to drive and take the ferry. It happened to be a really stormy day, and certainly not the best conditions to be on a boat. But … as a seasoned traveller on all forms of transport, including the ferry, I was up for it and just a little bit smug when John said he was feeling a bit queasy when we first drove onto the vessel. Suffice to say that he got his own back shortly after, when Becky and I were puking our guts out and him and Alex were absolutely fine, riding the waves as if it was a joy ride at Alton Towers, while I just wanted to get off. Thankfully the return journey was a lot calmer, but I’m not sure I’ll want to be on a ferry during a storm – or any other time for that matter – any time soon.

8. We spent Christmas with my parents in Germany, where we celebrate the big event on Christmas Eve. Becky and Alex got lots of presents and were utterly spoilt by Oma & Opa.

9. And finally, John took the chance during some quiet time on Christmas Day to teach Becky how to play chess. And what do you know, she’s a natural. Soon she’ll beat me at it (which, to be fair, is not difficult). I love this picture. John and Becky have such a lovely relationship. They are best buddies and have got so much fun together. I love watching them together and overhearing their fabulous conversations.

So this is it, this was my December. I wish everyone a brilliant last day of 2015 and a happy, merry and healthy 2016!

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  1. What a beautiful month you have had for the holidays. Lovely end to the new year. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

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