It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas :)


It got really cold!!! Strangely it's kinda warmed up now (about 8 degrees during the day) but it still feels very wintery with the sun not coming up at all until half 8 and it getting dark again at 4... Good news though - tomorrow is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year and from then on the days are getting lighter and longer again :) 

We don't mind the short winter days in our house, we try and change a bit with each season. Winter evenings are mostly spent snuggled up on the sofa watching movies with the fire on, baking and cooking comfort food, I read more and we just try and enjoy the cosiness :) I think if you embrace winter, dress for it, prepare for it and expect it to be long dark and cold then you can enjoy it more instead of just wishing it away. Which would be sad because it really is a beautiful and necessary part of the year :)


On Saturday we went and picked out our christmas tree YAY! I so badly wanted a real tree this year and wandering about the farmers field in the icy cold picking out our tree was just magical :) He cut it down right in front of us and carefully wrapped it and put it in our car - I was like a child I was so excited! Once it was up in our living room I thought it was so pretty I wondered if it even needed decorations LOL



We decided decorations were needed but opted for simplicity so you can still see a lot of the tree, just twinkly lights and baubles, and of course our over sized star :)



There won't be piles of gifts under our tree this year, just a few small ones for each other. We feel so blessed this year to be so happy, so in love, healthy and have our little son that we just found it so hard to think of anything else we want! I've handmade some special wee gifts for my friends and sisters and baked treats for the neighbours, Al's work and Al's parents. Al finishes work tomorrow until the 2nd and we are going to spend every minute together, for us this christmas really will just be about good food, laughter, keeping cosy by the fire and spending time with people we love. I'm so excited about it :) 





9 comments:

  1. I have spent Christmas in Denmark - it just didn't feel right being so cold, but a good experience all the same. We are having some 20 degC days now and it's sooo nice & it feels like Christmas :) Your tree looks really pretty Astra. Wishing you & Al a wonderful & happy festive season - I know you will have no trouble with that! Sx

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    1. thats so funny because the christmases i spent in australia and SA just didnt feel quite right to me because it was too hot! I spose its just what your used to :) xx

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  2. It is very dark and wet and muddy here so although the calendar says that Christmas is nearly here, it doesn't feel that way - yet. School finishes today - YAY!!!!!!!!!

    Have a great Christmas!

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    1. Once this day's over you it'll freel more christmassy for sure, I hope it frosts up again soon :) x

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  3. I love the winter! Your tree is lovely :) Enjoy your time with Al while he's off - it'll be all go when your son arrives in a few weeks...eeek!! so excited! Happy Christmas :)

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    1. YAY another winter lover! I know its literally less than one month until I'm 'full term' Ive never been so excited!!! xx

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  4. Astra, it is sooooooo good reading your blog. You find happiness in the simple things in life. It is so good to hear.
    Have a lovely Christmas. Sylvia

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    1. Thanks sylvia, im really glad you enjoy it :)

      Winne the pooh did once say:

      "enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realise they were the big things"

      and everyone knows how wise he is :) x

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  5. WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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