Merry Christmas! I know, I know, I’m two days late- but with good reason. My holiday season has been hectic this year! I celebrated Christmas at university with my flatmates, before moving back home in time to go abroad to Italy with my family. We returned to London on Christmas Eve with just enough time to get our Christmas shopping done, and I spent the entire Christmas day with family. This year has been the best holiday season yet, despite the lack of organisation (and no stuffing). I also had my first Pescatarian Christmas dinners this year which were… interesting. Perhaps with more planning next year and a scroll through some veggie food blogs, it’ll be even better!
This year was the first year that I hadn’t checked out the Christmas display in central London. I’m not too fussed as after nineteen years, I’ve got a pretty good picture of what it all looks like- however I’ve never actually gotten a picture of any of the displays; i’ll add that to next years to-do list.
As for festive displays, I saw a ton of stunning lights in Italy on almost every street in the city centre. One building was covered from floor to ceiling in golden lights so of course I had to eat at the restaurant that sat right outside.
After my first year at university in which I lived for an entire academic year with nine people I had absolutely nothing in common with, I was pleasantly surprised at my current flatmates eagerness to have a Christmas dinner together. The food was great and I had my first ever vegan nut roast, which I loved so much that I went on a three day hunt for it after, only to find out it was all sold out.
We spent hours together prepping and cooking the food whilst listening to festive music, then spent another few hours playing games and laughing until the early morning. It’s definitely a university memory I’ll never forget.
Every year my family and I have a Christmas breakfast together which consists of; Blinis, Crème fraîche, Smoked Salmon or Smoked Trout, rocket leaves or baby spinach, and some form of eggs- this year it was baked eggs that my mother experimented with in muffin trays…
Other family Christmas traditions include drinking champagne from the moment you wake to the moment you go to bed, putting up two Christmas trees, decorating the house extremely last minute and opening presents in the late evening because we’re too busy eating and watching movies (my favourite).
My second Christmas dinner consisted of Yorkshire puds (yum), Sprouts, roast potatoes, salad and Turbot- a fish I’d never tried before and most likely won’t be trying again. My father had a meatier version with all the traditional Christmas sides, and I enjoyed the fact that for the first time ever, I won’t be stuck eating Turkey for the next few days.
I don’t usually like to show or discuss the presents I received, but I will mention that my mother loved the two pairs of earrings I got her- which is a relief as I spent several hours in her favourite store worrying myself over nothing. I can’t be the only one who absolutely hates Christmas present shopping right? The whole experience makes me anxious.
This holiday season was certainly a success, and I already know my New Years Resolution will be to get back into shape after all the food and desserts I’ve eaten this month. I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, whether you spent it alone, with friends or with loved ones. I hope you ate great food and created great festive memories; and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a great, relaxing day for yourself!
P.s. feel free to drop me any veggie festive/non-festive recipes, because clearly I’m in desperate need.