It's been a month of getting into the Christmas spirit, catching up with friends and lots of good food. Working in a school helps me feel festive quite early with the Nativity show, Christmas jumper days and Christmas activities and crafts. Unfortunately this year we're working right up until the 23rd of December so keeping my sanity and cheer is going to be a little bit tricky but I'll do my best to scrape the children from the ceiling and watch Elf!
There's a fun day in my town at the beginning of December for the turning on of the Christmas lights. Santa was in his Grotto for the kids and the reindeer were outside. The shops had discounts and goodies all before 5pm for the light parade and tree light switch on. It's a nice way to start the month. To tie in with it I put up my Christmas tree that weekend too. Earlier than I usually do it but it's made my living room so festive and cosy. My Christmas shopping was in full swing by the start of December and I was able to wrap up most of my purchases to pop under the tree. We've got a few new decorations this year and this Merry Christmas door mat is my favourite. It's hard to believe that it was only £1 from Poundland.
We had our works night out this past weekend. It's known as Mad Friday because it's the most popular Friday before Christmas for nights out. Everywhere was so busy and there was such a great atmosphere. About 40 of us from school went to a hotel for a 3 course meal, wine, Secret Santa then onto some pubs for drinks. I wore a sequin number from Club L at ASOS. I had my comfort heels from New Look on too which came in handy for all the dancing. I got the free mad Friday bus home at 1am and woke up at 8 feeling fresh - success!
What did I say about good food? While catching up with friends I had a delicious chicken and goats cheese salad. So much dressing made it probably more unhealthy than a burger but boy was it good. My brother and his girlfriend came up during the fun day weekend and after watching the lights go on we headed to a Chinese. A takeaway was the original plan but we ended up sitting in and it was such a good idea. The food was so fresh and delicious. We order just the right amount to share and not feel like we'd gone over board. It helps that I worked in the Chinese when I was at school because I know all of the best dishes. In the middle of the month my fiance and I had a day out Christmas shopping. We had a pit stop in a little pub for lunch and I couldn't resist the festive club sandwich. With turkey, cranberry and brie it was so tasty. What a mountain of food! The only foodie picture I took at our works night was of the salted caramel cheesecake. I also had the goats cheese and turkey but I was obviously too hungry to take a snap. By Christmas day I'll have had 2 turkey meals already but that's what Christmas is for!