I've been off the scene for a few months because to be frankly honest I have been feeling miserable and depressed. Not to go into any real details, but Life hasn't been too good of late and I've really been feeling sorry for myself.
But I've decided that today is the day I pick myself up and dust myself off and to begin climbing out of the darkness I have been in.
And what better way than 10 on the 10th.
Being as it is Christmas time, I thought I would share 10 of my favourite Christmas things, and in no particular order
1) My favourite Christmas carol is Carol of the Bells
2) I love watching Christmas movies and Christmas 24 is my favourite TV channel at the moment. Over the last few years I have discovered some recent Christmas movies that are becoming my classics to watch time and time again. However the old classics are great too. It wouldn't be Christmas without It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.
3) The red Christmas Starbucks mugs and the seasonal coffee and chocolate selections
4) Christmas Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings (with the exception of sprouts which I consider to be the food of the devil - ha ha), Mince pies, chocolate Yuletide log, trifles, prawn rings, Eccefechan tarts, chocolate coins- all the food I consider as being Christmas
5) A new tradition that AJ and I came up with since we have been together is that every Christmas Eve evening I bake some crusty bread and AJ has baked camembert and I have a nice pate (usually from Waitrose or Marks and Spencers), then chocolate fondue with marshmallows
6) Spending time with family and friends
7) The Christmas markets in Birmingham and Nottingham- we try to visit each year. We have already been to Nottingham this year and are planning to go to Birmingham next week
8) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - a must read for the season
9) Trimming the Christmas tree and putting The Big Fat Robin on the Christmas Tree. The Big Fat Robin has been in my family for probably 30 years now and instead of a Christmas Fairy or star we put up the Big Fat Robin. It was always a joke when my dad placed the Robin on the tree he would say " Ooh me bum". Unfortunately the Big Fat Robin is packed away in my loft and at the moment I do not have any step ladders so this year The Big Fat Robin remains in my loft. We have had to buy some more decorations and a fake Christmas tree this year and even though it looks lovely, I do miss the Christmas Robin and continuing to say "OOh me bum"
10) Dr Who Christmas special
Good evening from Pickle Land and hope to speak to you soon
Love Lesley xx