A Cosy Covid Christmas! / Christmas 2020

2020 has been one of the strangest year's ever and one that no one ever expected. Despite limitations, being allowed to celebrate Christmas with 3 households is such a blessing and I am so thankful it could happen. 
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I woke up on Christmas Day not actually feeling very well. I went to say Merry Christmas to mum and Holly (the dog), before they went for a walk, then grabbed some paracetamol and went to lie down again. I text Luke telling him I was awake as he wanted to open our presents with each other, but he didn't answer straight away. He eventually rang me and showed me what he'd got, before unwrapping his, and then I unwrapped one of mine, as I wanted to do the rest with my other presents. 
When the call finished, I was ready to go for a shower, but Jess was in their so I had to wait a bit longer before I could get ready. I pretty much always do a simple makeup look, but today I glammed it up a little with pearlizer as highlighter and a rose gold shimmer eye shadow. It took me a long time to pick what to wear as I just felt fat and frumpy in everything but I ended up settling on the dress I wore to a few Christmas parties last year. I felt somewhat pretty in it, which was more than enough, and paired it with my new-for-2019 blue heels. I then took my hair out and the curls were truly gorgeous! 
Finally it was time for presents! We all were helping out with cooking, then we unwrapped them altogether. I put the presents under the tree a few days earlier, so they were already split into individual piles. I got so lucky and got so many amazing presents! 

Mum and I had a few moments of quiet and peacefulness as we walked to see grandma and take the present rubbish to the bins. Of course, we had to give the dogs a bit of love as well. I couldn't believe how icy it was to be honest. I sadly missed recording the clip, but Pele was trying to drink from a puddle and couldn't work our way he couldn't get any water, then slipped and skidded across the big frozen puddle!
The meal was yummy, the company was great and the games were fun. I genuinely can't put into words how much I needed to see family and have contact with them, after so many months away. It was so perfect, even despite the circumstances. It was so strange too because usually they would leave at 6pm and they stayed till gone 10pm! 
For Boxing Day, it was a strange one. I took my present haul pictures, tidied my room and wrote thank you cards. I was going to do my Gingerbread House but by the time mum had cleaned the kitchen, it was quite late. I started watching The Act and it's such a strange show, but I'm intrigued. Throughout the afternoon, I had some phone difficulties, but in the evening, afternoon Christmas dinner leftovers, we played lots of games with Who's in the Bag, a Movies game and Drama Llama. We were going to watch a film but it ended up starting too late for me. 
I ended up having a couple of really chilled days and eating lots of Christmas nibbles and leftovers. I really wanted to put my Christmas money in the bank so mum, Jess and I headed into town to head to the shops. We went to the bank first which was closed for the Bank Holiday, but the cash machine outside now accepts deposits which is great. I'm going to share a haul post in a few weeks of everything I bought because I also ended up ordering a few bits online but we went to Waterstones, TKMaxx, Boots, M+S, Lush, Debenhams and Dorothy Perkins. On the way back to the car, we picked up a Costa takeaway for lunch. Of course, I got a Ham and Cheese Toastie, Diet Coke and a Salted Caramel Brownie...the usual!
When we got back home, mum unfortunately got called into work so I ended up walking over the grandma's and taking over some bits we bought her from M+S. She was actually very chatty and we talked for a good few minutes, which is a long time for her! I love my grandma and love having our rare one-on-one time together. 
When I got back home, I started decorating the gingerbread house. I actually built it the night before because it needed time to set so I thought that would be best. I also built and decorated Santa, the sleight and reindeers, and then my sister built the trees. She ran out of patience with the trees but I quite like the simplicity! I'm sharing a full experience post later this week. 
We've also begun watching Bridgerton together as a family. It's nice to watch it with people to be able to discuss but I hate having to wait for my mum to be free. I could easily watch the entire thing in a day but instead, I'm having to wait for my mum which means a maximum of 1 episode a day! 

In the end, this Christmas Day vlog ended up encompassing a few days, but I think given the circumstances and the year we've had, that's somewhat to be expected. I really did enjoy it and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas too!