Friday, 30 December 2016

Recap: Christmas 2016

This Christmas was such a special Christmas for us as it was our first year married.
I always embrace the Christmas spirit anyway, it's one of my favourite times of the year, but I just felt that this year felt even more special as we were celebrating it as husband and wife.

This is a very photo heavy post, but we just got so much done over the month of December I thought it would be the best way to show it.

Just maybe grab a cup of tea while you're looking through!

Just before the December kicked in, we visited The Old Yard in Castledermot where they were hosting a Christmas Fair. It was so cold and foggy on the evening we went over, but the the mulled spiced apple they were serving definitely warmed me up!

December itself was nice, foggy and frosty most days. I continued working on my couch to 5k with a friend from Slimming World, we managed to get up to week 4, although we'll probably be taking a break over the holidays. The best thing about those jogs and walks with Shane during the weekends was the never ending amount of tree pictures I managed to take!

That sunset!

We started adding in decorations around the house. Fairy light galore. I love them so much that I'm tempted to leave them up all year round! Don't know how Shane will feel about that though!

We did a bit of shopping in Kildare Village, and took in their rather impressive displays.

We decided to go all out, and we bought a new tree this year. It's still fake but so much better than our previous one - so much more fuller. The best thing about it is, it doesn't affect my allergies. If I had to be around a real tree for too long, I'd be spluttering like you've never seen.

A personalised bauble sent to us as a wedding present by my Dad's cousin in America.

I entered a competition on Instagram with Newbridge Silverware, looking for trees that had their decorations on them - essentially, a prettiest tree competition (at least, that's what I'm calling it) and I won! I received a box full of decorations from them, all of them absolutely gorgeous. I'll definitely have one of the prettiest trees around for years to come.

My favourite one from all of the prizes!

There was many nights outs with friends and family, a particular highlight being the Christy Moore Concert in University Concert Hall in Limerick with all my family. We also went to see one of our favourite bands playing in our local, and had a great time at the Badminton night out (which nearly ended in disaster when my phone went missing, but all's well in the end as it turned up!)

One thing that Shane really wanted to do was go ice skating this year, so we looked into it, and found a rink in Dublin. I hadn't been ice-skating since I was in college so I was a bit unsteady on my feet at first, but Shane was a natural at it! He said it reminded him of rollar blading - I, on the other hand, clung to the side for quite a while before I got the courage to take off!

On top of all of those things, I still managed to find the time to wear my Christmas jumper for National Christmas Jumper Day...

make a gingerbread house, (even if we did use one of the handy pre-made Aldi ones, next year I promise I'll try it from scratch!)....

and drink all the hot chocolates!

In saying that, in all that we managed to fit in over the month, the best part of it all was getting to spend that time with Shane, and make memories and start new traditions that we'll hopefully do for years to come. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can add to the Christmas list next year!


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