Edinburgh Christmas

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It seems ages ago now, but in December Fraser and I had our traditional pre-Christmas celebration. As with every year so far we spent actual Christmas day apart and with our respective families. This being from two different countries thing can be complicated to work out at times, but we have found a solution that works for us. And this way we get to have two Christmasses, and who wouldn’t want that?

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We had decorated our flat earlier in December, I love having all that Christmassy stuff around. It makes you feel nostalgic and cosy on cold December nights.

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Our whole day was lovely, we unwrapped presents, watched Christmas films, had a lovely meal and went to the cinema. An absolutely perfect day.

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Visit to the Christmas Market

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Well it’s that wonderful time of year again and last Monday Fraser and I made our way down to the Christmas Market on Princes Street. It is bigger and better than ever this year. It is not quite as cold as it has been in previous years so it was quite pleasant wandering around all the colourful little stalls.

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There was a beautiful carousel in the centre and so much to see.

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The main event for us is getting food there every year, we got some delicious sausages, Fraser got an Austrian one and I (sacrilege!) got a German one. They were yummy.

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Then we walked around and looked at all the Christmassy stuff.

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The ferris wheel really provides a lovely backdrop to the Christmas Market.

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The market did its job and put me in a sufficiently Christmassy mood.

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Last few days at home

Here is the last group of pictures from the final lovely, relaxing days at home. I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas at home with my family. We had some beautiful frosty mornings, displaying the very best of the winter season, including the little birds pecking away at the food in the garden. All in all it was wonderful to be able to spend a few weeks together.

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Pre-celebrations

So far Fraser and I have always spent Christmas day apart. It can be very difficult but it is important to both of us to see our families at Christmas. But we have always made sure that we have our own Christmas day (or pre-Christmas) before I fly off home. And this year was no exception, we had a wonderful day together and did so many amaznig things that it felt just like the real thing.

It started the night before with presents under the tree.

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Then continued the next day with present giving, pancakes for breakfast and old Christms cartoons.

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Followed by a wintry walk and a trip to the cinema.

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Then Christmas dinner in the evening with crackers and obligatory punny jokes.

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The evening was capped off by some sparkler fun which provided us with seemingly endless entertainment.

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A perfect pre-celebration of Christmas, we really did get everything we wanted.

The Christmas Market

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On a cold, crisp December day we made our way down to the Christmas market to sample some food and delight in the festive joys. Here are some photographs of this little excursion.

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We made our way from the flat, across the Royal Mile towards the Christmas market.

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Crossing over to Newtown we were presented with some lovely views of wintry Edinburgh.

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Including the ferris wheel by the Scott Monument. IMG_5583 IMG_5585 IMG_5587

At this point we could already see the Christmas market from afar, bustling with people and with interesting stands dotted around the relatively small space.

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We stopped to buy some coffee (Choco-Vanilla) and admire some of the decorations being sold.

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Then we could not resist any longer and it was time for some truly delicious and thankfully warm food.

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After another quick wander round we were pretty much frozen and decided to stop off for some coffee and dessert to warm up a bit. Much to my delight my coffee came with a Christmas tree pattern, and Fraser’s gingerbread muffin came with a tiny gingerbread man on top.

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Then it was time to go home to the light of a beautiful sunset reflecting off the Crags.

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In summary, a great day at a truly lovely Christmas market.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The Christmas season has begun and in our household we do Christmas big. We both have very fond and nostalgic memories of Christmasses when we were younger and I think this has carried over into adulthood for both of us. There is something so cozy and familiar about it and every year we try to make it special.

So, now that the start of the Christmas season is here we set to work.

The beginning of the Christmas season means of course advent calendar sweets. Yummy.

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But back to the serious business of bringing Christmas into the home. We quickly assembled all of our decorations.

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Then it was time to get them hooked up and hung up. Christmas quickly spread to the walls, the doors, even the ceiling.

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We have a mini mini mini tiny little tree as there is not much space in the flat. But we love it and we have managed to find just the right amount of decorations, lights and tinsel for it.

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The start of the festive season was appropriately rounded off in the evening by lighting the candles and the lights ….

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… and settling in for the best possible start to Christmas.

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Have a very merry start to your Christmas fun!

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