Hi lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with family and friends. I love reading about what everyone else gets up to over Christmas so I wanted to do a post about mine. So here’s how how I spent my Christmas this year…
The night before Christmas is always a big celebration in Poland, where I’m from, so it’s traditional to have a big supper with family, which takes pretty much all day to prepare. I helped my mum with making the cakes and did some last minute tidying while she cooked the food. I’m the official present wrapper in the family since I love it so much, and so I was in charge of making sure all our gifts (minus my own!) were sitting neatly under the tree again this year! I chose a silver, gold and blue theme, with little name tags made from brown scrapbook paper, which I bought in Paperchase. Some of the presents were an awkward shape so I wrapped them like a sweet using some bits of grey wool.
This year was mine and Dave’s second Christmas so, like last year, he popped round to our house in the afternoon so we could exchange our gifts. We tried my mum’s walnut and caramel cake, and watched one of Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas episodes, which always put me in a really festive mood. I wish I still had the patience to make my own crafty things as it’s something that I really enjoyed when I was younger. Maybe that can be one of my goals for the new year… We had a very cosy and festive afternoon!
Before I knew it, it was almost time of our supper and for Dave to get back to his family. According to tradition, the food can be only be served once the first star in the sky has appeared, but since we live in a city and there’s so much light pollution, we just went by when it turned dark outside (and when the food was finally ready!). Before sitting down at the table, we said a prayer and then made our wishes with the opłatek, a special Christmas wafer that has been blessed in church, which my granddad always posts to us from Poland. Then we were finally able to sit down for our eagerly awaited supper. Traditionally, we are supposed to have twelve dishes but I don’t think anyone would manage to have that much food and still have room left for cake. This whole evening is known as wigilia in Poland, and is probably the most important and celebrated night of the year, and one of my favourite days!
Then, it was time for presents! In our family, it has never been all about the gifts, but more about the evening spent together as a whole. We’ve never had a huge extravagant Christmas with tons of presents but we always get a few nice, meaningful gifts to open. Opening presents on Christmas Eve is another tradition that we have brought over with us, one that my friends in the UK found very odd when I was younger! However, I know that some other countries do this, too, so I’m not the only blogger out there who opened my presents a little earlier this year. I kind of like that our Christmas is a little different as it means that we have our own special way of celebrating.
My family always end up getting each other lots of bath and body goodies so after sitting around a little after opening our gifts, I went upstairs to have a shower and try out my new Shea Body Butter from The Body Shop and get into my cosy pyjamas, ready for tomorrow’s exciting day!
Usually, everyone is exhausted from the previous day’s festivities but this year, I woke up feeling fresh and excited. Being a little unwell, my mum and I stayed home while my dad and sister went to church for Sunday mass, which gave me a chance to lounge around in my pyjamas a little longer. I caught up on reading a few festive blog posts, took some photos for this post, and read by the Christmas tree.
I also tested out my new beauty set from M&S. I was super disappointed about not getting the M&S beauty advent calendar as I’ve heard so many lovely things about it from other bloggers, so luckily I got this to compensate for it! Since it’s Christmas, I thought I would go for classic red sparkly nails. I was really impressed with the two nail polishes I tried out – the red went on so smoothly and dried fairly quickly, while the glittery one was really easy to add a coat over the top for some festive sparkle.
Then, before I knew it, it was time to start on our Christmas lunch while my family watched a film. We’ve never had the whole traditional Turkey and trimmings lunch that’s usually on my British friends’ tables on this day, but I still made some roast potatoes with rosemary, gravy, parsnips and Brussel sprouts, and served it with lemon pepper Haddock fish on the side. It took a good two hours to make but was definitely worth it!
After our Christmas lunch, everyone was very full and sleepy, so I was able to relax and do some blogging while sipping on a festive drink – and what better drink to have at Christmas than Bucks Fizz! I love just sitting down with my Macbook or a cosy book and switching off for an hour or so, even if it’s in the lounge around other people. Being an introvert, I really need that moment to myself during such a busy, hectic time.
Now we are all sitting in the lounge, trying to find a film to watch, with no success! It has been a really lovely and relaxing Christmas this year, and that’s all I really wished for! When I was in Gdańsk with Dave last week, we went into the beautiful, majestic St Mary’s Church, where I lit a candle and said a little prayer asking for my family to have a nice Christmas this year. I guess it worked! How have you spent your Christmas? Did you do anything special or different to what you usually do each year? I hope that you have all had a wonderful, wonderful Christmas. Thank you always for reading my posts! It’s very much appreciated and makes me so happy to know that I have a few readers out there ☺️ I know that Christmas isn’t over yet and we still have Boxing Day tomorrow, so I might do another post depending on what I get up to! My family have vague plans of going somewhere for coffee and cake, and then I’m thinking of seeing Dave in the evening for some festive drinks!