It’s Christmas (Have it your way)

Christmas is the annual polarizing few days that everyone is looking forward to – either to arrive with all its glitter and glory or just to be over…

The 2 supposedly most amazing days of the year when everyone is getting busy with X-mas shopping, spending hours in the kitchen to prepare a feast to their loved ones and on the other hand, it can be the darkest time of the year for those in mourning, those who are sleeping rough, or plain and simple, alone.

At Christmas everyone is getting emotional and overwhelmed, sometimes even those who are telling you that they are a bah humbug.

There is something magical about it, the Universe is connecting everyone to each other to be more grateful, more social, spread more love and joy. Precisely this may make some apprehensive about the holiday season, but I believe no one should let circumstance turn it into black magic.

Here are a few thoughts on why not to cry at Christmas, even if you are to celebrate it in an unconventional manner.

I am always reconnecting with some family that I haven’t talked for years, just to wish them a merry Christmas which makes it special, no matter what.

In 2017, some friends and family invited me to join them at Christmas. But this time I decided to take my 3 days off for myself because there is nothing wrong with that. Yep, I was on my own for Christmas – by choice.

I am not gonna lie, it felt very strange for me to not be in the kitchen for hours and prepare hundreds of biscuits but it was actually nice to do nothing.

Spending Christmas solo is not boring, or sad!

Make it fun for you, do what makes you happy. You are the only one who knows what you really like, right? So invest in yourself and embrace it.

Here’s how I spent Christmas in 2017

1.Planned ahead

You definitely don’t want to leave your grocery shopping for the last minute. Shops and supermarkets are closing earlier on Christmas Eve. There is a Bank holiday on Christmas Day so make sure you make a list and write down what you need.

2.Favourite movies / music

I watched a lot of my favourite holiday movies. From romantic comedies to Christmas movies, the list is long. And yes, I do love some classics like Home Alone or Love Actually! I watch the great old classic with Eddie Murphy coming to America, it always makes me chuckle. I played some great music that I love, from Jazz to Soca. With no one watching me, I even bust out some moves in my living room.

3.Simple food are the best

I made my own pizza from scratch. I made my own dough and made an awesome pizza a la Lindsay, with some sautéd potatoes, beef meatballs and ricotta.. so good. I made some fried chicken wings and Creole rice as I was back to Reunion but of course it would have been better if it was cooked on a BBQ, but can’t have everything.

Feel free to cook what you want! Make a feast. If u want a roast chicken or lamb, just do it. Everyone is different, cook whatever you like.

4. Pamper yourself

That’s my favourite thing when I’m taking time for myself. I made my own pedicure, had a bath, made my own facial .Learn to take time for yourself and enjoy it.

5.Outdoors pause

Step outside if you are bored, go for a jog or nice walk, go an enjoy some fresh air. I went to skip for about 20 min in the morning it was nice and quiet. Give yourself a chance to reconnect with the Universe , take some deep breaths, and feel the energy flowing around you.

Spending Christmas with my self has taught me that I am my own best friend, that I know myself and I know what I like. It’s a great way to reconnect with yourself and being grateful for the life you have.

This was truly one of the most peaceful holidays I ever had. No obligations, no compulsory visits to places where I didn’t want to be. This year, Christmas was everything I wanted it to be.

Have you ever spent Christmas alone? What are your thoughts on it? Did you like it? Hate it? Let me know down below.

Christmas
Christmas

Mulled Wine

Spices! Spices everywhere! Cakes, Biscuits, mulled wine and chocolate. Heuuu, mulled wine, anyone?
What’s Christmas without a glass of mulled wine? I love getting cosy with a great mug of mulled wine. Smells good, tastes good and it is comforting to your heart. What’s not to like?

It’s 12 degrees in London and is raining outside.. Well I guess it’s not a surprise, is it? It’s cold and even the thermostat doesn’t like what it’s showing.

Mulled wine
Mulled wine

That’s when homemade mulled wine comes into the picture.

Mulled wine is something unusual for me, see, don’t forget I am an Island Girl. Back home we drink Rum, oh yeah, and a lot of it…But on my first trip to Paris, Montmartre is where I discovered the fragrance and the taste of vin chaud. Yeah I said it’s Vin chaud, sorry guys! It just feels natural to call it that.

Vin chaud is easy to come across the Christmas markets of France and countries all over Europe. It started to be famous in the UK as well but we all know that it is a European delicacy.

The smell of cinnamon evokes the festive season, all you have to do is warm the wine on the stove and stir in the brown sugar till it melts. Then just drop in the mulling items: orange, cinnamon, anise, cloves, ginger, apple and wait a bit. Just be patient! Only a few more minutes…When it’s ready, serve it in glass mugs.

Mulled wine
Mulled wine