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Being a Christmas baby means that the festive period for me is filled with a trio of exciting events, first Christmas, then my birthday, and then New Year. Needless to say I’ve always loved this time of year and now consider myself somewhat obsessive with everything ‘Christmas’ and everything ‘wintery’. To put it into perspective for you, I am that person who has pine needle scented sticks as a car air freshener. 

What makes this Christmas even better this year, is that it will be the first Christmas in our new (now not so new) home. Our original move date was October 2015 so we’d planned everything down to our breakfast on Christmas day, only to get an email mid November saying that our plans may as well be scrapped, because we weren’t moving in until February 2016. If it wasn’t for the fact we were sat in Brisbane, halfway through what was the most incredible month of travelling, we probably would have lost all sense of sanity. They weren’t kidding either, February 28th we were finally handed the keys. 

So now comfortably moved into our beautiful apartment, I am slowly falling into a Christmas overload coma and I have absolutely no shame about the fact it’s only just turned December. I’ve had twenty-one amazing Christmases so far, and while I never want to replace those memories, I do want to create brand new ones with the freedom and ‘newness’ that living together brings. Everything from Christmas shopping, to Christmas markets, to travelling to London just to look at the lights will without a doubt take place over the next four weeks. For me, something as basic as picking up a gingerbread latte in the classic Starbucks red cup is the kind of festive treat that I never grow bored of.

But of course, the most exciting Christmas prep is decorating the place from top to bottom. At first I wanted to go crazy in The White Company and spend a small fortune on the perfect decorations, but all it took was one stern budget influenced look from Darryl and I quickly came crashing back down to earth. Maybe next year. Instead our home is going to look as though it’s sponsored by Wilko, John Lewis, Tesco, The Range and Frosts Garden Centre, because these are the shops that have supplied 99% of our decorations. You don’t realise how much you need to buy when you start out with nothing more than a couple of bits that you picked up in a Scottish mountain gift shop two years ago.

I am seriously eager for Sunday to arrive so we can go and choose our Christmas tree, to then spend the day decorating our little two bed flat in the way that we’ve planned for the past year and a half. Who am I kidding, our entire relationship… well on my part at least. 

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