Merry Christmas everyone!
This year I was fortunate enough to return home to the UK for christmas. It has been three years since I was able to spend the holiday season at home. The last few weeks have been a festive blur, but here are my tips for spending christmas and New Years in merry ol’ England!
Drink as much mulled wine as your body can sustain. Nothing warms your frozen fingers like a mug of steaming scented wine. Just pure cinnamon-vanilla-clove-orange happiness. Ps. If you’re not a alcohol drinker, substitute the red wine for red grape juice and make the same!
Ramble in the countryside. I love long walks in the countryside, and my parents home is a stone’s throw away from some lovely walks across the Leicestershire round. I went for lots of frosty morning rambles across the fields. Breathe it all in.
Attend a carol service. Carol services in december are varied and wonderful. You can attend a 9 lessons service, which is very traditional with grand choirs and organs. Or you can visit a ‘Yard Nativity’, where you can sit on hay bales in front of a bonfire while singing some lovely carols. Or even a Contemporary Carol service, lit by candlelight with accompanied by saxophone. Beautiful churches, rustic barns, free mulled wine. Is there anything better? This year, I attended four different carol services and a nativity.
Tea in a country house. What is more British than English tea in a country estate? An entire afternoon spent walking the grounds then a pot of tea in the conservatory. Just a delightful, delightful day. My personal favourites include Stowe Gardens in Buckingham, Chiswick house in West London and Coombe Abbey in Leicestershire.
Eat as much as possible. Terry’s chocolate orange. Gingerbread. Roast turkey. Roasted parsnips. Quality street. Christmas cake. Roasted ham. Bacon wrapped sausages. Never ending cheese boards. All the food, all the time.
I hope you all had an incredible holiday season! Thank you so much for reading!