It feels like Christmas came around really quickly this year. I haven't managed to blog much because on the run up to Christmas there are hundreds of advent (daily) competitions which took up a huge chunk of my day. I had some good wins which I will discuss in my next post about my wins from this year.
This Christmas I decided to stay at home again in the Midlands with Neil and our fur babies - Shortie (the dog), Tigger and Harvey (the cats). So the weekend before Christmas my Mum, sister Anna and niece Lilly visited us from Somerset. It was so lovely to see them and exchange presents. I showed them around Kidderminster and we went in some of the shops and then we went for a nice meal. We had a great time though Lilly got a bit upset about having to leave but I know she will see me again soon. I miss her a lot too, she means the world to me.
|Me, my mum, Anna and Lilly in Kidderminster.|
|Me with Lilly and the nutcracker (I can't believe how tall Lilly is getting)|
Christmas came around quickly after their visit and we woke to see that Santa had brought up lots of lovely gifts. I can't believe the amount of lovely presents I received this year from my family and Neil's family. Thank you so much to them all.
Amongst my favourite presents was some lovely walking boots from my mum which will be perfect for walking the dog in the winter especially as they are waterproof. I also got some amazing Funko Pops that I have wanted from Once Upon A Time which is one of my favourite shows but also I was so shocked that Neil got me Dorothy and Toto and the Winged Monkey from The Wizard of Oz. They are quite rare now and I totally love them.
|My new Funko Pops.|
I also received a lovely present from a fellow comper Claire. There are so many reports of horrible people who cheat on competitions all over social media at the moment but there are good people too and one of them is Claire. She won a Christmas Monchhichi. As people know I collect them and her son was scared of the one she won so she kindly sent it to me. This made me so happy and I can't thank her enough for her kindness as I really wanted one and I know they were sold out in most shops. Neil also got me a couple of Monchhichi's for Christmas too which brings my total to around 25. They are so cute.
|Christmas Monchhichi opening boy Monchhichi|
After opening our presents we got on with our Christmas dinner. We decided to have turkey and all the trimmings and it turned out well considering we are still getting used to our new cooker. I love Christmas dinner. I especially love the pigs in blankets, stuffing and sprouts! I don't understand how people can't love sprouts they are so yummy.
|Our rather large Christmas dinner|
After dinner we just relaxed, watched tv and had a few drinks. I watched the final ever Downton Abbey which was just perfect. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet but the ending was just right and everything tied up nicely. Just how I would have liked it to end. I'm sad to see it go though as it was a favourite of mine.
Speaking of great television I absolutely adored The Sound of Music Live! with Kara Tointon as Maria and the rather dashing Julian Ovenden as Captain Von Trapp. I thought it was brilliant tv and they did so well including all the children bless them. Just fantastic. I love The Sound of Music as it's my mum's favourite musical. She went to the cinema to see it seven times when it first came out. As a child growing up my mum would play the sound track all the time when doing the cleaning so I know the songs word for word. I was so pleased that Julian Ovenden was in it because he is a brilliant singer and actor and I have been a fan of his music for awhile now.
Overall we had a lovely Christmas and are now looking forward to the new year and seeing what 2016 brings us.
Seasons Greetings everyone from Ellen and Neil xxx