#5 Happy Things #41 | Christmas Holidays Edition

January 2, 2019

And here we are, it’s 2019 and my Christmas break is coming to an end. Where did time go? It’s been a glorious break and whilst I do still have a few days to go, it’s time to get back to blogging. Today I’m going to share a post about some things I enjoyed over Christmas.

For us Christmas was a quiet affair, we didn’t travel anywhere for once and chose to spend in our own home. I wrote about Christmas in my own home just before Christmas. I tell you what it was just how I imagined it would be. We had the most relaxed day and it was just wonderful. So what else made me happy over the Christmas break?


#1 – Christmas meals with friends

In the run up to Christmas I had some lovely nights out planned with friends. I headed to Vanguard Bar one evening for their amazing Christmas cocktails. The following evening I headed to The Old Rectifying House for dinner with a very good friend of mine. I enjoyed the Rib Eye Steak and Triple Cooked Chips, as ever the food at The Old Rec was fantastic. So much so I dined there twice over the holidays and I’ll be sharing a post all about our amazing Sunday lunch there next week.


#2 – Christmas Day Parkrun

Dr W and I decided to run Parkrun on Christmas Day because it takes around 10 mins to get there from our house. We usually run on Christmas Day, but usually near his parents as we’re not home over Christmas. But this year, because we stayed in Worcester we headed to our local run. It was great fun wishing everyone Merry Christmas as we ran, and it was an enjoyable start to the day. Of course when we got back we cracked open the Champagne and enjoyed Buck’s Fizz.


#3 – Christmas dinner

Both Dr W and I successfully cooked our first Christmas dinner in our own home. I was slightly concerned given the size of our oven, but some planning and it was all fine. My trick was to do the par boiling of the veg (potatoes, carrots and parsnips) the day before and put in the fridge. It not only made it quicker on the big day, it also meant I made the best roast potatoes ever! And hats off to Dr W for cooking the most incredible Roast Sirloin of Venison (which isn’t pictured on the table but you can see a slice on my plate). It really was a wonderful Christmas dinner and a very relaxed day too.


#4 – A wander around Westonbirt Arboretum

A couple of days after Christmas, Dr W decided that we would head out for a walk rather than do Parkrun. He surprised me by suggesting Westonbirt Arboretum, my truly favourite place on earth. Not only does it hold a serious number of memories, my grandparents have memorial trees here. It was lovely to head there just the two of us, we walked, talked and had some time to seriously chill out together. It was a wonderfully peaceful morning/afternoon.


#5 – New Year’s Eve fun

For New Year’s Eve, whilst we had a couple of party invites, we decided to stay in. Two of our closest friends from uni were staying with us and we chose to spend some time together instead. During the day we headed to Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds, which was wonderful, if a bit chilly. In the evening to bring in the new year we made our own pizzas, for which, I will be sharing the recipe with you very soon. It was the most perfect evening.

How was your Christmas? What did you get up to for New Years? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte January 5, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Woo a Christmas at home sounds great – I’d love to do that one year when I have a bigger flat!! x

    • Reply MissPond January 8, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      It was honestly the first thing I started to plan when we bought the house! Living in a teeny flat made hosting impossible.

  • Reply Lizzie January 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    That pizza looks so lovely. Happy new year!

    • Reply MissPond January 3, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      It was absolutely delicious! Happy new year to you too!

  • Reply Naomi January 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Oh the Cotswolds looks divine! I think a lot of ppl went low key this year, I know we did and it was actually one of our best!

    • Reply MissPond January 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      The Cotswolds are just beautiful 🙂 low key evenings in are the best!

  • Reply Ryan January 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Not sure I could have faced a Christmas run but that NYE pizza sure does look tasty!

    • Reply MissPond January 2, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      The run was a good excuse to eat everything in sight! Haha!

  • Reply Rachel January 2, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I think I could happily eat a Christmas dinner every single week without fail, something about all the food being so amazing despite the fact we have a roast every Sunday, it is just not the same x

    • Reply MissPond January 2, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Haha! We don’t do roast dinners often so it’s a real treat for us. Especially as we try and use local meat from the butchers/are reducing our meat consumption!

  • Reply Nikki Thomas January 2, 2019 at 11:05 am

    That sounds like a wonderful Christmas and I love that you are celebrating the best bits. I have never been to Westonbirt but have heard that it is amazing there and would love to go. We are lucky enough to live near Broadway so often go up to the tower and it is one of my favourite places to go.

    • Reply MissPond January 2, 2019 at 11:15 am

      We live nearby too, I love the Cotswolds and it’s great to be able to visit. If you’re broadway way you won’t be far from westonbirt! 🙂

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