Austria Christmas

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Christmas at home just is special. The whole family together, catching up, relaxing, having fun.

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This year was wonderful, I loved being at home and really loved seeing my family. Unfortunately 3/4 of us became ill over Christmas, one of those horrible illnesses that drag on, mine lasted for most of my stay. But you realise quickly that none of it really matters that much as long as you are together.

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I can honestly say that despite the coughing and sniffling I absolutely loved my Christmas. I miss my family already. Roll on Easter!

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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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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What’s been happening recently … October

A little late this month, but here are some random pics of what happened in October.

                            

Halloween, it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!

  

Halloween this year was great and ghoulish and we decided to celebrate in style. We got a whole load of fun and monstrous Halloween decorations for the flat. Given that we had planned a small Halloween gathering with friends, to listen to some seasonal music, eat eyeball shaped sweets and watch horror films, we proceeded to decorate the flat with these delightful skeletons, ghosts and body parts.

 

This included these cute little smiling pumpkin lights:

  

And, what I guess are the Halloween equivalent of fairy lights.

                             

The finishing touch was this inviting chap on our front door. (We named him Steve):

Of course we had prepared appropriate food and beverages, including pumpkin biscuits, sweets, and popcorn (appropriate at any time of year).

 

Our drinks were prepared in these lovely skull tankards.

                                         

Then everything was ready for an evening of watching Nightmare on Elm Street, a good choice for any Halloween event.

 

Of course a Halloween post would not be complete without mentioning the costumes we wore, to a different Halloween party. I opted for the possibly unimaginative but always gorey zombie outfit.

    

Complete with a gaping and bloody hand wound (which actually looked even better at the end of the evening as the mangled fake skin had hardened!).

  

Fraser chose a less disgusting but equally scarred pirate costume.

 

The Halloween season was eventually rounded off with a viewing of one my all time favourite childhood films, Hocus Pocus. We got through a fair amount of fake blood but definitely had a lot of fun with all the festivities and (totally necessary) Halloween accessories. We hope your Halloween was just as fun!