P and I have never actually had a Christmas together before. That sounds a little crazy since we’ve been together for four years, but it’s true! It’s one of the downsides of being in a transcontinental long distance relationship. You miss out on sharing holidays and birthdays and all you can do is try to make it special when you are together. Since this is our first Christmas together (the first of many, to be sure!), we decided we wanted it to be just the two of us.
Ice Skating + Christmas Markets
Originally, we intended to spend a few hours at Winter Wonderland, but I think the best time to do that is when it first opened and not two days before Christmas! We went ice skating, but it was so manic, we didn’t stay very long. Instead, we headed to London Bridge and spent a little bit of time perusing the Christmas Market there and at the Tate Modern. It was nice and quiet, and everyone was in Christmas cheer!
T’was the day before Christmas and all through the flat, P and I barely stirred, there’s no question of that! We had a lazy day, watching a few Christmas films and getting in the Christmas spirit! I made some cinnamon rolls in the morning, which we nibbled on through the day, as well as some eggnog for Christmas. P did a little prep for Christmas dinner, but that was the extent of it! We also skyped with my parents as well, who were getting ready for a trip to LA, so they weren’t having much of a Christmas this year.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Christmas Day was delightful! We slept in, and had some breakfast before opening a few presents. Here is where pur traditions differed! My family always opened all of our presents first thing in the morning, but P prefered to open them throughout the day. We did it his way this time round, and I have to say, it was rather nice taking our time (you hear that, P? I confess, you were right!). There was lots of hot chocolate to be had and we started the day with a wonderful breakfast of shrimp and polenta, scrambled eggs and home fries. We decided to be a bit cheeky and have mimosas too! Then, we spent the day alternating between opening presents, watching Christmas films, and nibbling on food, before P started prepping for dinner! We had a delicious poached salmon with hollandaise sauce, roasted broccoli, and mashed potatoes, followed by chocolate lava cake!
It’s safe to say that we had a really lovely and low-key Christmas, just the two of us. As it was our first one together, it was nice to be exceptionally festive and make it special! We ate ourselves silly on delicious food, and just enjoying each other’s company, which I think is the most important thing!