A couple of days before Christmas, I went away with my family and my partner to the New Forest.
As the roads were pretty busy, it took us over three hours to drive there from London.
Once we arrived, we checked into our three bedroom lodge. Not only are the lodges huge, but they’re super cosy too.
We put up a mini Christmas tree and stockings to make it feel festive.
I got the room with en suite bathroom. If only I had this set up at home!
And then it was time to relax and make the most of our first night in the lodge.
After a wonderful nights sleep, it was Christmas Eve! My family, my partner and I went to an on-site craft workshop, where we had an hour to make as many different types of Christmas decorations as we could.
Pleased with our efforts, we decorated the lodge with what we’d made.
As it neared dinner time, my mum did a spread of finger foods for us to pick at. We ate, drank Baileys and then it was time for presents!
I’ve mentioned before that my family traditionally open presents on Christmas Eve and then we just open our stockings on Christmas Day. For us it always seems to feel more cosy and relaxed opening presents on Christmas Eve, as it’s not rushed and there’s no worrying about cooking dinner like on Christmas Day.
My family and my partner really spoilt me with loads of wonderful gifts. (I’ll be doing a post soon on what presents I got).
Feeling festive, we all headed out to the on-site Christmas carol service, where we sang out hearts out.
A selfie with my mum before the carol service.
Then once we got back, we warmed up by making some very Christmassy hot chocolates.
We watched The Snowman and other festive films and then it was time for an early night, ready for Christmas Day.