Merry Christmas 2020

December 24, 2020
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Merry Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas everyone! It feels weird saying merry Christmas in 2020 when nothing really feels very merry. This year, Christmas will look very different for all families in the UK, including mine. We won’t be spending it how we usually do. We won’t be spending it together at all. Originally the plan was for my mum and sister to come up to our house in London and spend Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day together. That was until Boris changed the rules just 6 days before Christmas. Now, in London, we’re in Tier 4 which means all non-essential shops are closed, we can’t travel and we can’t mix with other people outside of our households.

I understand why they’ve put these new rules in place. I know they’re just trying to keep people safe. But when I heard the announcement I was devastated. I was looking forward to hosting Christmas for the first time in our new house. It seemed there was a light at the end of the tunnel and now it’s gone dark again.

Still, I’m trying to keep the positive things in mind. Like the fact that none of us has caught Covid and that even though we can’t be together, no one will be entirely alone either. We’ve come up with an alternative plan for everyone to still ‘see’ each other over Christmas and celebrate it as best we can.

Despite it being very different, this Christmas will still be a special one. Not only will it be the first Christmas in our own house, but it’ll also be the first Christmas as husband and wife and the kittens very first Christmas ever!

Here’s how we’ll be spending the next few days:

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve I will be doing all the things I would normally do. I’ll start the day with a festive bath bomb and relax before the chaos of Christmas ensues! Then, I’ll probably get changed into a new Christmas PJ set I bought from Boux Avenue a few months ago that looks super cute and cosy. I may even do a little festive makeup look, even though I won’t be seeing anyone or going anywhere, just for fun. I’ll then make my iconic chocolate cheesecake. I’ve made this cheesecake every Christmas Eve since I was a teenager. It’s one of my favourite things to do and people always love it!

Christmas eve cheesecake

After the cheesecake has been made I’ll usually sit down on the sofa, stick on my favourite Christmas movie, Santa Claus: The Movie, and eat some yummy snacks. Then later that evening I’ll be making a delicious chicken pie for our Christmas eve meal and we’ll probably spend the rest of the night eating ice cream and watching movies. We may also go for a little drive around Essex to see some of our favourite Christmas lights.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day we’ll wake up bright and early to open up our presents from Santa! Yes, we are both 28 and still receive presents from Santa. And yes, I still get just as excited about it too. The kittens may also have some stockings this year if they’ve been good! Then we’ll both get ready, put on some Christmas jumpers and have a breakfast filled with croissants, crumpets and muffins. After breakfast, we’ll be jumping on a Zoom call with Jaz’s side of the family and we’ll all open our presents together.

When that call is over, we’ll then jump on another call with my mum and sister and, if we can time it right, we’ll sit down and have a virtual Christmas lunch together. After lunch, we’ll then open all of our presents to each other which is how we would normally do it anyway. Our present opening sessions usually take between 4-6 hours as we’re always just chatting in between and we open them each individually so we can see what everyone’s got.

Once all the presents have been opened, Jaz and I will probably start drinking, maybe play some games or watch some TV. We’ll then start getting snacky and will bring out the cheese, ham and biscuits for a picky, Christmas dinner.

Christmas kittens

Christmas kittens

Boxing Day

I think on Boxing Day we’ll sleep in, we’ll definitely deserve it! When we do eventually wake up we’ll have some breakfast, get ready and then go on a walk. We haven’t quite decided where to go on a walk yet. Our options are either Epping Forest where my family and I would go on a boxing day walk when we visited relatives in London. Or, Brentwood forest which apparently has wild deer. I love going on a walk on Boxing Day. I always feel I need to get some fresh air after eating and drinking so much on Christmas Day. A boxing day walk is always so refreshing.

After the walk, we’ll probably just sit around at home and chill. We’ll be giving the kittens lots of attention and playtime. We may do a few more Zoom calls to relatives too. It’s going to be such a strange Christmas and I don’t know if I’m looking forward to it or not. I’m excited to have Christmas in our house with our kittens. But, I will also feel very upset that I can’t be with my mum and sister. We just have to make the most of a terrible situation and hope that next year will look very different.

Let me know in the comments how you’ll be spending Christmas this year. Don’t forget to subscribe to Beauty and the Bookshelves while you’re here. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too.

I hope you all enjoyed this post. I hope you all have a great Christmas despite the circumstance. And, most importantly, I hope you all stay healthy and safe. Merry Christmas.

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