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A trio of Christmas

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A trio of Christmas

Chantelle Bridgman

Christmas is a time for family and like most people I have family dotted around the country.  Often this means you travel around visiting everyone over the holidays, so here is a little insight into how I spent my Christmas period.

Lincoln Greetings

My Brother lives in a lovely farm house in the beautiful village of Bransby, surrounded by countryside and wildlife. The weekend before Christmas we set off on our journey to Lincolnshire. Upon arrival we were greeted by our loved ones and a nice glass of chilled fizz. That evening Christmas music was played and festive hats were worn. It was an evening filled with lots of laughter and dancing.

The next day (with some sore heads) we ventured into Lincoln centre to have a wonder. The shop fronts were festive and the spirit was joyful. The Cathedral shone in the glorious sunlight and the sky was a delightful shade of blue. That evening we were presented with a luxurious Christmas feast and christmas gifts were exchanged. 

We travelled home on a sunny Sunday full of Christmas Spirit after a lovely weekend starting the holidays.

Festivities in Devon

Christmas time can be so hectic it can be hard to fit everyone in. Thats why I decided to host a small gathering at our place with some of our close friends. The dress code was “christmas” - Glitter, sparkles, christmas jumpers and festive colours. The house had a festive make over, mulled cider and snowballs were kept topped up and party canapés were warming in the oven. For the evening any worries of a gift that hadn’t been purchased, the missing ingredient for Christmas dinner and the decision of what to wear on the big day had all been forgotten.

This year I spent Christmas with my Dad. I was particularly excited as my little Sister is eight and the magic is very much still there for her. It was 05:50 when I got the awakening. She ran into my room yelling “He’s been. He’s been”. When I had got over the initial shock of how early it was, I joined the rest of the family to open her stocking. The joy on her face to see Santa had received her list and got her what she had asked for was amazing. But that wasn’t it. We then discovered a special delivery in the conservatory - a cat carrier. To my little Sister’s disbelief Santa had delivered a teeny tiny silver tabby kitten. It was a breath taking moment watching the excitement, shock and pure happiness on her face. 

The overflow of presents from underneath the tree started to disappear as we opened our presents from each other. We played some of the new games we received until the dinner was served, a beautifully presented spread arrived on the dining table. Crackers pulled and jokes were read. The evening consisted of full stomach’s and more games. Despite the lack of snow, it was yet again another magical Christmas.

Christmas in Cornwall

On boxing day I travelled down to Cornwall to join my partners family. They have a beautiful Cornish home in St Ives that is so dreamy I never want to leave. Upon arrival I received a big warm welcome and we cracked open a bottle of fizz. We all gathered around the tree to open our wonderful gifts.  In the evening we had a delicious turkey curry, followed by games next to the log fire. 

The next day we all went to Porthleven for a walk and some lunch. The air was fresh (although windy - nearly losing my hat), skies calm and the sea still.

In the evening myself and @leighcharlottemorris (my partners sister who is also keen on photography and has a wonderful fashion blog.*) went for a stroll around Lelant on ‘Wreath watch’ and managed to capture a beautiful pink sky as the sun set over St Ives.

*Check out Leigh's fashion blogs - www.lifethroughawardrobe.com

A trip down to Cornwall is never complete without a wonder around St Ives and the cute cobbled streets. We had heard rumours that Dolphins had been spotted the day before so we headed to The Porthmeor beach cafe for a hot Chocolate sitting outside in the mild December weather and looked out to sea. We watched the surfers and paddling boarders braving the chilled waters but unfortunately spotted no Dolphins this time. 

Spending time in St Ives was a perfect way to round up the Christmas period for another year. I left Cornwall very content after such a wonderful few weeks of festivities with so many people I love.

I hope you all had a lovely festive period and spending time with your loved ones.

CB x