Friday, 15 January 2016

My Life in Photos // Christmas in December

Don't ask me why, but for some reason I thought for the last 'day in photos' of the year I'd do it on Christmas day...
Ours may be a little different to some peoples. We don't wake up at 5am and run down stairs to rip open gifts, start the stomach stretching with bacon and pancakes or be surrounded by a huge family. However we aren't religious and don't have much family, so spend it the way we want to. Here is what we got up to this year.



1// Up and at 'em, sorting out the goodies to take for the swans. 
(I have mentioned this before but as I have brown bread in the picture, feel the need to explain. I hate feeding any bread to birds as it's known to not be the best for them but as carrots are a treat to rabbits - bread is to birds. With it being Christmas I thought a small treat was okay and so with fresh, brown, dry bread, fed to them on dry ground away from water where it can breed into a poisonous algae. I also took so wheat for the small land birds and defrosted, uncooked garden peas which are a healthier snack for the swans and ducks)
2// Finishing off a gift...
3// Baker opening up the last day of his advent calendar!
4// Baker and I had a lovely time with the handful of swans that were there for us to feed.


5// After getting ready and bags sorted we had our gifts from our friend Claire to open. Baker had waited so patiently for the last few days while they were under the tree and didn't touch them despite wanting to. He is so clever and really enjoyed getting to finally open these.
6// No public transport means a long walk up to Mam and Dad's house...lots of hills = lots of puffing.
7// We all opened our gifts and we, as always, got far too much. I took this quick photo of what I got from my Mam and Dad but you can see it all better, along with Jake and Baker's gifts too, here.
8// Do my tiny bit by mashing the potatoes and helping dish up.


9// My first completely meat free Christmas dinner.
10// Sofa cuddles and watching the Wizard of Oz after lunch and the Queens Speech.
11// When a certain guy is ready to go home, he tells you!
12// After getting home I spent some time photographing all of our lovely gifts and putting things away before grabbing some chocolate and heading upstairs to get ready for the last ever Downton Abbey episode while getting all my ironing done. 


And that was our Christmas day. As I write this, I'm still not 100% sure whether this series will carry on through out 2016...I guess we'll see next month ;)
How do you spend your Christmas? Do you have a quiet one too?


18 comments:

  1. Baker is always so cute! That xmas meal looks so yum right now!

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  2. It sounds like you had a great Christmas! I love these photos - great post!

    Jemma | jemmas-simple-life.com

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    1. I did :) Thank you! Hope you did too!

      xo

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  3. Looks like a great way to spend Christmas day! We didn't do much of anything ourselves- brought presents down to my niece and that was about it! haha

    Renee | Lose the Road

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    1. Quiet ones are the best ones in my opinion :) Did you have snow??

      xo

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  4. I dream of quiet Christmas Days like yours! Ours involves getting up at silly o'clock, rushing from one family to another. Eating more food than we really want to because every family wants to feed us. Then do it all again on Boxing Day with the rest of the family we just couldn't get to on Christmas Day. One of these days I might, *might*, put my foot down and say we're staying at home and having a nice, relaxing Christmas Day! Love the photos. I really enjoy this series, for what my input is worth :) x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Oh my goodness!! Sounds crazzzy. Though, family is what Christmas is about. We don't have much family hence the quietness. haa
      You deserve at least one year to have a quiet one. Book a holiday or something and go away for it ;) That's our plan for this year.

      xo

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  5. A meat-free Christmas meal? I don't think I'll ever be able to do that, haha!

    May x | THEMAYDEN.COM | bloglovin'

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    1. I've only ever eaten chicken on an Xmas dinner anyways so it wasn't a big miss :)

      xo

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  6. I love your photos :) I had a quiet one, my family doesn't technically celebrate Christmas so I do things my way as well with decorations on my bedside table, and I get presents for my mum and siblings, but we don't do the waking up early thing either or spend the whole day eating, hehe! Yaay, I love the photo of the swans, I just went to feed my feathered friends at the park today and I took them some wheat, too, they loved it! What a good idea to take defrosted peas, I'm definitely doing that next time! I love the photo of Baker ripping open his presents, he's so sweet! Love that you had a meat free Christmas dinner, it looks delicious. Lovely post, Danielle! x

    ♥ Amanda Says // Bloglovin ♥

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    1. Thank you!
      Yours sounds like a good day too. I always feel for people who don't celebrate it at all as it's just everywhere from like October - people seem to be completely obsessed and if you don't celebrate you're dubbed a scrooge :/
      I need to get some lettuce next time for the swans as I've noticed a couple with angel wing from having too much white bread poor things :(
      Thanks so much Amanda!

      xo

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  7. Awwww had to laugh at Baker letting you know he wanted to go home NOW!! You got lots of lovely things for your Christmas, love Brave but not seen Inside Out yet. Glad you had a lovely day. ��

    Denise xx

    The Life of Dee

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    1. Oh yes, he's very particular and schedule driven bless him. It's why he'll never stay at anyones house - he HAS TO have his cage bless him.
      Oh you'll love Inside Out, it's fab! Usually I'd of had those DVDs already but I'd been focusing on completing my classics collection so Mam treated me :)

      xo

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  8. Looks like the perfect day to me. I love just relaxing and doing as I please. This is why Kris and I try to spend it away from family, so we can actually have a nice time haha. Although, this year was pretty special as we got to spend it in NYC... I'm think we should go away each year haha.

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    1. It was good, but hopefully this year will be better if we're able to rent a cabin or cottage!
      It was definitely a special year for you :)

      xo

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  9. I love seeing how other people do Christmas. We aren't religious either but we love to use Christmas as an excuse to treat our nearest and dearest and then see them all. It makes for a busy day but being such a family-oriented person I couldn't think of a better way to spend the day.
    Debi x

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    1. It's great to hear of other people who use it as a family appreciation type of thing too. We don't have much family, but years ago ours used to be the same :)

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