Happy holidays 2017! I hope that the festive season has been full of joy and hope for you and your family and that you’ve been enjoying all the delights that this time of year brings!
I thought I’d share a few pics from my festive holiday traditions and a few snaps from the big day! As a self-confessed Christmas obsessive there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending a week at home, reuniting with friends and family, eating delicious food and partaking in the many festivities from carol singing to wreath making- I just love it!
Wreath making: For the past couple of years my mother, sister and I have gone to the wreath making workshop at the beautiful Ordsall Hall- I guess this could now be classed as somewhat of a Christmas tradition.
Ordsall Hall has a very colourful past, originally the home to generations of the Radclyffe family, since its sale by the Radclyffes in 1662 the hall has been put to many uses as a working men’s club, a school for clergy, and a radio station amongst them there are even rumours that the Hall was used by Guy Fawkes during the time of the gun powder plots. To read more about Ordsall Hall you can read my previous post HERE
The wreath making workshop is always so much fun, deciding on how to decorate the wreath, spending time crafting and of course taking home a much treasured creation! I wore my favourite red cardigan from Ralph Lauren, Levis denim shirt and thermal leggings from M&S
Christmas Eve: For the past few years every Christmas Eve I’ve had a few friends and family members over for a festive gathering, this year was no exception.
We had Gina and her little boy Issac over and attempted our annual picture in front of the Christmas tree (which always ends up like an entry to awkwardfamilyphotos or blurred or both!)
We caught up on the years achievements, travels and general gossip- shared a festive themed buffet and shared a few laughs. I wore the sparkliest rose gold Uma dress from Joanie and red cardigan from M&S.
Christmas Day: On Christmas morning we headed to the Manchester Cathedral, a place that holds very fond memories from carol singing with Hazel and Helena and of course our Wedding Day!!! If you follow me on Instagram @thefabuloustimes you’ll already have seen my Christmas Day dress and the beautiful flowers at the Cathedral.
Following the Christmas service we made our way to sister Theresa and the lovely Damien’s new house where we were to spend the remainder of the day opening gifts, feasting and watching Only Fools and Horses!
We were greeted with mimosas, this is our first year of all being officially ‘on the property ladder’ so we all felt jolly grown up and made a special toast to mark the occasion!
We enjoyed a plentiful buffet with a few personal highlights including- gluten free mince pies, homemade sausage rolls and delicious cinnamon buns before beginning the gift giving ceremony.
A bounty of lovely gifts were exchanged, Pops got a pretty incredible vintage puppet, I got the electric toothbrush I’ve been dreaming of as well as some great books! Post present opening and the mornings indulgence we all lazed around watching ‘Delboy and Rodders’ and laughed quite a bit, the Trotters never get old! Theresa and Damien created the most delicious Christmas Dinner for us all with all the festive trimmings, it was a real treat to sit down and feel spoilt– what a perfect day! This time of year is all about stopping to take a second to truly appreciate and feel grateful for the things that matter most in this life, friends, family and spending time with the ones we love. I know that this time of year can be difficult for many who have lost loved ones or those of you that may be spending time alone- I send you love and hope that you find solace in the possibilities that the new year brings.