Yesterday was my perfect Christmas Day. I was so overwhelmed by the simplicity of it and how much I enjoyed it that I needed to write it down.  Read on and please don’t get me wrong.

I do enjoy spending Christmas day with family but sometimes the travelling, the doing what is expected of you and having Christmas the way it is done in the house you are staying can just take the edge off. We decided this year to stay at home, just the 3 of us without even one visitor.

We stayed in bed and snuggled till 7 – all 3 of us. We opened some presents in bed which we never do when we stay somewhere else as everyone wants to see our 4 year old open all his presents. We mooched in our PJ’s, played with new toys (we bought the noisiest toys ever!! Why why?) and got a delicious but simple Christmas lunch on the go before having showers and getting ready, and then changing our 4 year old as he managed to spill his whole drink down his front and was soaked. Being on our own schedule with no one else to worry about meant this was just before lunch at 12:30 which is right for us but maybe too early for some? We had just the right amount of food for us, not way too much with 4 different meats and 4 different desserts and not too little leaving you feeling a little cheated (it is Christmas after all!).

After Christmas lunch, which involved no dessert at all for us and a Claudi and Fin Lolly for our 4 year old (*nom nom nom*), it was easy to tidy up and clear away as we had very few leftovers and only 3 plates. We then got all togged up with wellies and gloves (although not too much as the weather was lovely) and a bucket and went for a walk down to the beach to collect pebbles and shells.

imageWe had great fun and the sunset was amazing. When we got home at 5pm with a rather tired 4 year old that we had given piggy backs most of the way home and a good few pebbles but no shells, we popped into the corner shop (which incidentally was the only shop open anywhere – having moved from London last year that takes a little getting used to!) got milk, cream and marshmallows for a very needed frothy hot chocolate by our open fire, expertly stoked and looked after by hubby.

With a small dinner of left over chicken and potatoes (exactly what our 4 year old asked for – he wants Christmas lunch for every meal now) and a bath, off he went to bed happy and snuggly having read one of his new Mr Men books. Hubby and I then settled down with a nice glass of red and a little cheese and crackers for dinner and streamed a film on Amazon instant video. Hubby fell asleep on the sofa and decided to go to bed before the film ended as he had missed most of it, which was fine as he warmed the bed up for me!!

I finished the film which may not have been best choice for ending a perfect Christmas day. Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal , maybe should have chosen a Christmasy film not one about children being abducted (!!) A good film though and the twists were very good with a very unexpected ending, recommend it for a less Christmasy evening. Nevertheless I went to bed feeling very happy, rested and content …….my perfect Christmas day.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too and if Christmas day wasn’t as restful as you had hoped then I hope today is instead.