Thursday, 21 November 2013

Just Another Blogging Challenge (Nov)

I recently posted on Twitter asking if there were any blog challenges I could participate in and was offered to join Just Another Blogging Challenge - I'm very excited to be taking part! November's theme is 'Christmas is Coming'; we've been asked to talk about anything relating to Christmas and what gets us in the festive mood! I've decided to talk about what Christmas means to me, as someone who is not religious but has been brought up celebrating Christmas...

For me, Christmas is about spending quality time with family and friends, particularly over the past couple of years since I moved to London. The majority of my closest friends are on the Isle of Wight, where I've lived most of my adult life, though since last Christmas some have moved (and a few to London, which is great!) and, more importantly to me, my Dad and his partner have also moved off the Island. Because of this, Christmas this year will be a little different...

Previously, even if I haven't been living with my parents (but nearby), I have spent Christmas on the Isle of Wight at my 'family home' so to speak. As I'm not originally from the Island we don't have much in the way of family there, though my Dad's partner's family have often visited over the festive season - I enjoy this as my family is spread out across the UK, so 'family gatherings' aren't a common experience.

For some years I have spent Boxing Day, or a day near to it, with my best friend, her partner and her parents. Asides from family time, this has always been a day to look forward to for me, as they are pretty much my unofficial extended family. We traditionally give eachother lots of small presents, so there are lots of things to unwrap and it's very exciting! In addition to the traditional leftover nibbles, including bubble and squeak (which I'm slightly obsessed with and my Dad doesn't like it!).

Images © Big Fat Betty (Christmas 2012) | Whilst trying to search for images to add to this post, I've realised that I don't have very many 'Christmas' photos; I shall aim to rectify that this year. I'm mostly disappointed that I don't have a photo of my Dad's 'famous' trifle, which is one of the main food items I look forward to! I will be heading 'home' to my Dad and his partner's on 20 December, as Dad and I are going to see Black Sabbath in Birmingham; I'm more looking forward to spending quality time with my Dad as opposed to the actual gig. It'll be strange celebrating Christmas in a different house, but I'm sure it'll be lovely still. Some time after Boxing Day I shall head 'home' to the Isle of Wight to visit my friends there and exchange presents. I've been invited to a fancy dress party for New Years Eve and I intend to go as Ursula from The Little Mermaid, although a somewhat basic version to some of the elaborate costumes I've seen! After that, it's back to London to finish my final year at University.

As the poem goes; 'Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night'! Don't forget to check out the rest of the JABC crew:

Steph – http://seeingsp0ts.blogspot.co.uk