Reflections on Christmas 2019

Reflections on Christmas 2019

Happy New Year 2020Happy New Year 2020

Even the most ardent fans have to admit that the Christmas season is sadly drawing to a close now that 2020 has started.

So, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year 2020. To give thanks and also share a few reflections on Christmas 2019.

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has read my blog. 1,544 of you since I started in July 2019, from 54 different countries. I’m so grateful for your support and have been really touched by wonderful messages on Instagram I have had from readers. It really does bring me great joy when you have enjoyed a blog post.

Also a big thank you to those who have followed, liked and commented on my photos on Instagram.  I put a lot of work into creating my photos for Instagram and it’s lovely to have found so many Christmas fans. It really means a lot that people engage with my posts. I have loved having a little bit of Christmas in my life every day and will definitely be continuing in 2020. 

So that was Christmas….and what have I learned?

  • You cannot start getting prepared for Christmas too early

Christmas GiftsI consider myself pretty organised. But once December comes and events start happening it doesn’t take much to get really behind, really quickly. This year I worked a lot and tried to pack in a lot of Christmas activities too. Adding blogging and taking photos for Instagram into the mix meant that I still had wrapping to do on Christmas Eve morning, not the ideal situation.

So for Christmas 2020 I’m going to aim to be more organised and will be sharing my progress on this throughout the year.

Reflections on Christmas 2019

I had a wonderful Christmas, with all the usual family, food, fun and festivities. I find it such a beautiful time and try to enjoy every moment. Here are a few of many highlights I enjoyed:

Traditions

Carols by candlelightAs nearly every year, my favourite tradition this year was carols by candlelight. We moved last year, so this was our first year at our new local church and it was a beautiful service.

Both my favourite carols were included; O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark The Herald Angel Sings. It’s a joyful and peaceful celebration of Christmas and I really recommend seeking out your local service next Christmas if it is not already part of your celebrations.

 

For Christmas 2020: We watched Lucy Worsley’s Christmas Carol Odyssey in early December on BBC4. This gave insights into the origins of many carols; try to catch it if you can either on catch up or next Christmas. There was a scene in it where people were singing Carols in a pub. I would love to do this and aim to see if I can seek out somewhere that does this for Christmas 2020. As well as going to a church carol service, because you can’t have too many carols at Christmas as far as I’m concerned.

Eating out

Christmas Afternoon TeaOne highlight was our The Snowman festive afternoon tea at Cafe Rouge. Everything on the menu was so well executed and it was delicious. We also really loved all the extra touches that they had included like a little ramekin of pigs in blankets. The Snowman theme was a great idea; I hope they do this again or something similar for Christmas 2020.

For Christmas 2020: Hopefully do more festive lunch and afternoon tea menus. We managed one of each this year but they were both excellent and we would have liked to do more. They are only offered for a really short time, so for Christmas 2020 I will definitely plan in some more.

Christmas TV

Christmas TV listingsI honestly don’t know how anyone can say that there is nothing on TV at Christmas. For me there is always so much to watch, both new and old. We have recorded hours of Christmas telly and this will see us through January as we catch up with it all. Starting with the most Christmassy things.

Repeats of Christmas Top of the Pops and comedy specials all go in the planner and these are used as perfect background viewing to all our Christmas activities. You can see my posts about my favourite comedies here and animations here.  New Christmas TV delights are kept to be savoured on those quiet crimbo limbo days between Christmas and New Year.

Gavin and Stacey Christmas 2019

Pile of Christmas special DVD'sAlthough it seems to have received somewhat mixed reviews, for me the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special did not disappoint. They had a high bar to reach, with the original Gavin and Stacey Christmas special being my all-time favourite. But I really thought it was carried out with success, keeping the spirit of the original series and delivering an ending that left us wanting more.

We have actually watched it twice now and it was even better on second viewing. It definitely doesn’t replace the first Christmas special in my heart. But it will become a regular Christmas watch for us and with that cliff hanger ending hopefully there will be more Christmas specials to come in the future too.

I also (unexpectedly) really enjoyed the new Christmas Carol adaption that was on BBC1. We watched this all in one binge on Boxing Day night. It was really well made and I thought it brought more to the story than adaptions I had seen before. It also wasn’t scary at all, which suited me perfectly.

I expect to find more TV gems as I work my way through my planner. I still have so many quizzes, documentaries and films to watch. There was something for everyone.

Goals for 2020

I wanted to finish with a few things I want to do in 2020.

  • Plan Ahead:

As I mentioned earlier in this post, you cannot start preparing early enough. I really want to aim this year to get as much ready ahead of time so that I can take more time to enjoy the festivities once December starts.

  • Up My Wrapping Game:

This is something that was actually on my list for 2019, but was an epic fail and follows on from the above. Because I wasn’t organised enough, I was wrapping at the last minute. This did not make for a relaxing final build up or give me enough time to wrap the gifts how I wanted to. But 2020 is my year. I’m going to start as I mean to go on and practice wrapping better for all the birthdays through the year so that I have improved by the time it comes to wrap next year’s Christmas presents.

  • Seasonal Decorations

Reflections on Christmas 2019I love having my Christmas decorations up and they bring me a lot of joy. But, our home looks a little empty and sad when they have been taken down. So, I want to try and recreate all year round a small piece of that feeling the Christmas decorations give me when they are up. For 2020 I’m aiming to add lots more seasonal decor to my home.

I’m also aiming to be more creative in 2020 and would love to be able to make some decorations myself. I got some pom pom makers for Christmas and I already love them. Will keep you posted on how that goes.

 

That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed joining me for Christmas 2019. You can find me on Instagram throughout the year here. I will also continue blogging about all things Christmas, getting you in the mood and ready for Christmas 2020. So whenever you are feeling like you need a little festive feeling in your life, pop by and say hello.

Wishing you a happy and peaceful 2020.

Have fun

Caroline