Every year Pete and I look forward to Christmas for one reason and one reason alone – not having to work. Yes it’s lovely to catch up with family, exchange presents and eat and drink too much. But for us, it’s time off that far surpasses any of those activities in terms of value. A chance to recharge batteries, make plans for the future and spend quality time together without the shadow of a new working day hanging over us.
This year in particular has felt so very relaxed. It’s helped that I’ve had some extra days of holiday to use up by December 31st and so a combination of the way Christmas has fallen plus those extra days means there’s just been one day of work between December 16th and January 4th and I’ve loved every minute of having time to me, time to each other.
There have been films in front of the fire (even though it’s not really been cold enough to justify it!) and baking gluten free Christmas cakes.
We’ve had Christmas Eve lunch in London and giggled over glasses of wine curled up round our neighbours dining room table in the evening. A long woodland walk on Christmas Day followed by Champagne as we settled into our traditional rhythm of spending it just the two of us and poochie.
On the 27th we left my Mum and drove back down towards London, stopping at my in-laws in Hertfordshire and arriving home in the early hours of Monday morning. Since then we’ve just been making the most of the days left: pottering about the house; venturing into Oxford Street for breakfast and sale shopping; resuming running with the dog in tow; planning health and fitness for us both in 2016.
I already feel fully recharged and so excited to see what 2016 has in store and wishing you a wonderful New Year. The regular blog posts will be back in early January, until then come and join me over on Instagram.
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