Christmas Eve started with breakfast in one of the on-site restaurants near our lodge.
Pancakes for me.
Before me, my partner, my mum and brother went on an alpaca walk.
On our previous stay in the New Forest we’d walked the alpacas and loved it, so we was excited to take them on another trek.
I got Pickle, the same alpaca I had before.
Pickle was super sweet and well behaved, so much so that I wanted to take him home!
After a fun afternoon, we spent some time relaxing in the lodge before having an early dinner.
My family went to an on-site restaurant, whilst me and my partner returned to The Railway Craft Pub & Kitchen, where we ate the previous night.
We had the same delicious starters, homemade nachos and frickles (fried pickles).
Followed by the sweet potato burger for me and a halloumi burger for my partner.
After our feast, we drove back to the lodge where we opened presents.
I’ve mentioned before that my family and I exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and only open stockings on Christmas Day itself.
Cute card from my partner.
I got lots of very sweet and thoughtful gifts from my partner and family. (A full post on what I got is already up if you want to go and read it).
After presents, we walked to a nearby carol service which is also a Christmas Eve tradition for us.
We sang songs and listened to a brass band play Christmas classics. It really got us into the Christmas spirit.
After a busy but fun day we retired to the lodge, ready for Christmas Day.
On Christmas Day, we had a leisurely start. We had our stockings and my brother opened his presents from Santa.
We played with my brother and helped to set up his new toys and then we walked to the on-site restaurant for Christmas dinner.
Party hats on.
For starters we had sweet potato soup with a warm bread roll.
A traditional roast Christmas dinner.
As I’m a vegetarian I had a cheese tart in place of meat. My mum also made me a vegetarian ‘pig in blanket’ and packed some veggie ‘meat’ to add on to my meal.
For dessert we had salted caramel profiteroles.
All three courses were really delicious.
Feeling full up, we all took a slow stroll back to the lodge.
As I was feeling sleepy, me and my partner headed out for a walk and a short drive. The weather was rainy, grey and gloomy, but I love getting some fresh air and going for a walk after a Christmas dinner.
After our jaunt out, we spent the rest of the evening watching Christmas TV with my family, as well as playing quizzes and board games.
My mum laid out an evening spread for us, complete with a Christmas tree shaped cheese.
Then we watched one more Christmas movie, before heading to bed.