This year was the first Christmas that I had to spend without any members of my family in the same country. My sister lives in Cape Town, my brother lives in Canada and even my Mum moved away from "home" to be in Tasmania. We are pretty spread out over the world aren't we?
People tend to ask me if I get homesick at all, having lived in London for almost 2 years now. I have to tell them, even if I did go "home", I don't have family there anyway so really, I don't get homesick as such. I do miss my family through.
This year I asked my beautiful friend Michelle if she would mine me tagging along to her family Christmas just North of London. Thankfully she said yes and that meant that I would be surrounded by lots of love and happiness over the Christmas break.
This is the lovely tree that Michelle's Mum had decorated. Apparently she got into trouble a few weeks ago when Michelle went for a visit and discovered that there were no decorations up! Thankfully she took note and the house looked amazing when we arrived.
Michelle on Christmas morning opening some presents.
My awesome presents from Michelle! We have loads of nicknames for each other as you can see.
One of the presents Michelle gave me was a packet of Tim Tams. If you don't know what they are, you can click HERE. Best present for an Aussie ex-pat ever!
I love my new mug! FML. OMG. LOL.
Very excited to take this to work with me, considering how busy I have been lately.
The aftermath of present opening. Pretty sure Michelle and I spent over 30mins rolling around in this when we were done. Can you spot Michelle in that wrapping paper mess?
The old "wear your Christmas stockings as actual stockings" trick. Loves it! Only someone with legs like this could get away with that and still look amazing.
For lunch I filled my plate with turkey, ham, sprouts, carrots, red cabbage, pigs in blankets, stuffing, potato and bread sauce. It was very tasty and I had to stop myself for going back for seconds. Christmas lunch is probably my favorite time of the year.
Finally, dessert of Christmas pudding. Yes I did have loads of cream and custard on top.
So although I was miles away from home and family members, I felt very loved and lucky to be spending Christmas 2011 with my best friend and her family. I will never forget this Christmas and I hope that one day I can return the favor for you!
Thank you Schnitzel/Bambi/Michelle. Your the best BFF ever xx