Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A Christmas Catchup

Fraser's always have the most beautiful lights - Glasgow


Glasgow

The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind of festive fun and I thought I would write a little post to document it, mainly for myself so that I can read back on all the fun things I got up to but also because I love reading about other people's festive traditions! 

Flying back to Scotland on the 22nd was not quite as easy as EasyJet's name would suggest. I won't ramble about it, but as my delay was over three hours I was able to claim compensation which was so straightforward and easy! If your flight has ever been delayed for more than three hours for something within the airlines control then definitely look into claiming for it!

Due to my delay my castle adventure friend and I had to cancel our table at the Witchery, however luckily they were able to squeeze us in at 22.45! It was pretty late and I was definitely exhausted from travelling all day but it was 1000% worth it! Situated at the top of the Royal mile near the castle we ate downstairs in the Secret Garden. With wooden panelling, cosy cushions and the most beautiful decorations all illuminated by candlelight it's the most gorgeous restaurant I have ever been lucky enough to eat in. The pictures really won't do it justice as the atmosphere was so intimate and relaxed I didn't really want to take photos of the other guests so it's mostly from outside and it was obviously very dark. 

After staying the night in Edinburgh I headed home through the wrath of Storm Barbara. Still makes me laugh so much that we name our storms in the most random manner. However it really wasn't that funny as my ferries were all cancelled so I set off from Edinburgh praying for a moment of calm so that I could get home. After many hours travelling I finally arrived home where I was greeted by a lovely big cup of tea. Perfection. 

Christmas Eve was a whirlwind of present delivering and very quick family catch-ups. After heating up some Glühwein that I had brought home for the family to try, midnight mass gave me my first opportunity of the year to belt out some of my favourite Christmas hymns. 

And then it was Christmas morning! I was so lucky to receive some of the most beautiful and amazing presents. A few extra special highlights have to be the Naked 3 palette from the ever generous Santa Claus, a beautiful bracelet and a rose quartz coloured Magnitone cleansing brush. Electric cleansing brushes are amazing and if you haven't tried one or have a clue what I'm talking about then definitely look it up if you're into skincare and beauty. 

Christmas dinner was spent as per family tradition with one set of my grandparents and the rest of the family. With 13 of us it was a pretty loud and crazy Christmas, but it was perfect and being surrounded by all the family made me realise how lucky I am that I can go away and have amazing adventures and I will always have a supportive family waiting for me. 

Boxing Day morning was of course spent in bed and then off to my other grandparents to open their gifts and some nibbles. Then it was time to hit the sales! Only being home for two weeks means I don't have a lot of time to catch up with all the people I want to! But a trip to Glasgow to see some school friends made up the next few days where I managed to nab a few "bargains". The most exciting has to be these beautiful red heels from Topshop. Neither good on the St. Andrews nor Nürnberg cobbles but I'm sure I'll find somewhere to wear them! New books were also bought, again in the new year I'm going to try and spend a bit more time reading because I really love it when I get in to it.

I hope you have all had a lovely festive season too, however you have spent it! XOXO


The Witchery

The Witchery

The Witchery


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