Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!  Hope everyone is doing well and excited for Christmas festivities!

Dan and I just got back from visiting Colleen and Paul in Plymouth.  It was nice to see everyone before Christmas!  Kieran and Ellie came down as well and we had a nice meal with everyone before Dan and I had to head back to Bournemouth 🙂

68639_10200260399577151_1732299276_n(Stole your camera phone pic, Sheilagh, hope you don’t mind!)

Unfortunately, Dan has to work today, but I am going to make sure he comes home to a Christmas Eve feast.  Our Christmas Eve dinner will consist of minted lamb shanks (yummm), roast potatoes, parsnips, and carrots, brussel sprouts (for me, I love them!), and we have a Christmas pudding and apple pecan crumble for dessert.  Hungry just thinking about it.  For Christmas Day we are going to a potluck meal at one of our friend’s houses, it should involve a lot of yummy food and alcohol 🙂

We have the tree up and decorated, I was hoping for a bigger tree this year, but we just didn’t get around to it.  We did get a new “Woodland” themed bauble set though, haha.  (Blurry tree picture due to the lack of natural light (aka sunshine!), we’re having a wet and rainy Christmas this year).

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My friend, Lian, and I did a ton of baking one weekend, we did four different batches of Christmas cookies.  Somehow Dan and I have managed to make quite a dent in them though…

2012-12-15 14.34.01And it looks like Santa has been very good to us this year, look at all those presents under the tree!  I’ve been trying to convince Dan we should open gifts tonight (which is what I always did with my family), but he’s not really having it so it looks like presents will have to wait to tomorrow!

2012-12-16 13.13.48The Ikea orchid is still going strong, so here it is in all its festive glory!

Merry Christmas to everyone from Dan and I!  xx


About Mandy

29 year old, somewhat snarky, happily married, and always on the look out for a good recipe or latest beauty bargain.
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4 Responses to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

  1. Shirley Grannes says:

    Merry Christmas Mandy & Dan!
    I’m getting ready for tomorrow-made the rolls last night and the rice pudding is in the oven. We will meet Cindy’s family for dinner tonight after church. Everybody will be here tomorrow for brunch
    except you & Dan – we love you and wish you could be here. It sounds like you will have a nice
    Christmas together.
    Missing You!
    Love, Grandma & Grandpa

    • Mandy says:

      Merry Christmas Grandma and Grandpa! Hope you had a nice Christmas! Looking forward to celebrating with you next year!

      Mandy and Dan

  2. Judy Adamson says:

    Merry Christmas Mandy and Dan! Sounds like you will have a very nice Christmas. Hope you enjoy the season. Know we are thinking about you, miss you and are happy for your updates!

    Love Uncle Bub and Auntie Judy

    • Mandy says:

      Thank you Uncle Bub and Aunt Judy! We did have a very nice Christmas, tons and tons of food! Hope you had a good Christmas and a happy New Year!

      xx Mandy and Dan

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