December Favourite’s 2020! ❄️ Gingerbread x3 & ending the year on a high! πŸŽ„

Hello there! ❀️ Today’s post is my last remnant of the year we have left behind πŸ‘‹ (well it’s the last draft I feel the need to post anyway πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜‚). I usually say that I’m glad to see the back of posts that are long overdue but this one is sort of bittersweet seeing as lovely memories were made. Does anyone else feel like nothing happened but the festivities in December? Maybe it’s true but the rest does feel like a blur now πŸ˜‚.

I’ve forgotten a lot of the things I planned to write about today and was left with the title alone that I couldn’t really add on to because the thoughts weren’t there πŸ’­. Those words got removed and the rest of this almost looked a bit bare but I think I saved it for fear of having to skip a monthly favourite’s (my September, October & November fav’s bumper post is a testimony to the fact that I can’t let that happen πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚).

Now I’ll admit, I did almost skip this because my phone kept redirecting me when I tried to create a collage πŸ˜‘. A tear was almost shed but I sucked it back in which I don’t recommend doing because further down the line I might implode and it’ll rain down with emotion (a bit is good but not when it’s coming down in bucket-loads πŸ˜…). It could have all been avoided and yet I didn’t think the situation deserved to see the light of that singular tear, I’ll never run out of pride πŸ˜‚.

All that matters is that the collage finally came to be. We’re here and able to get this last shred of 2020 over with and out of my life (but yeah, we love you really December! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜πŸ˜‚). Here goes everything….well all that I can remember anyway!

My bullet journal spread β˜ƒοΈ

How could I forget? After my recent decision to give the old bujo a break I can’t really forget this last edition. It was a high to end on and I’m glad I went all out for it + didn’t miss the opportunity to go all festive on those pages πŸŽ„.

It was so much fun to prepare and I even enjoyed editing the images for it which usually has me all annoyed because I take so many and often have to sift through to find my favourites even tho they all look the bloody same πŸ˜‚. This time I paid more attention when I took the photos themselves so there were a limited amount that I could say I definitely liked and putting the whole post together + talking through it all was super relaxing.

Now that it’s all over I can let you in on how it went! I deserted the idea of colouring in baubles on the tree in a countdown to Christmas because I forgot and when I did remember I didn’t want to go find my gel pens πŸ™ˆ. Nearing the end of the year I was ignoring the gratitude page and don’t even ask me about the mood tracker 😢 (but then I did express my anger about the layout I chose at the time so it makes sense πŸ˜‚). Oh I forgot the blog schedule, that was the only page that was good! It doesn’t pay to be honest these days because now I’m just annoyed with myself πŸ˜‚. I’ll hold onto the lovely memory of drawing/painting it in the first place 🎨✨.

Gingerbread fudge πŸ˜‹

I had forgotten that these were one of my notorious zoom call bakes with my family, all this time I thought I’d just taken it upon myself to make fudge but nah πŸ˜‚. This was VERY sugary so I wouldn’t make it again but that’s not to say it wasn’t delicious (well of course it was, it was unhealthy πŸ™ˆ). I got the recipe from a Baking Heaven magazine and they’ve got to be my first stop for sweet treats as they’re always full of simple but effectively fantastic recipes. Whilst eating a slice I watched Fred Claus and it made the moment feel extra festive! πŸŽ…

In keeping with that theme my sister made me a Gingerbread man pizza! πŸ˜‚ and I’m not exaggerating, it was DELICIOUS πŸ™Œ. The vegan cheese was the nicest I’ve tried as well! They tend to usually taste a bit odd but this one was spot on so I’mma ask her what she used πŸ˜‹.

Aloe bath salts πŸ›€

I didn’t get a picture of this because I kept forgetting to bring my phone to the bathroom and in the end I just wanted to get on with making the collage πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜‚. My friend got me Aloe bath salts for my birthday and they’re absolutely brilliant with easing muscle tension + there is a gentle scent accompanying the experience πŸ’«.

I find that with the right epsom salts I can go a couple of hours without needing pain relief if I keep warm and don’t jump from one temperature to another which is good to know. I’d never associated aloe with bath salts before so I have something to look for in the future when I run out of both this and the other two bath salts I have which are a lavender Epsom salt and a peppermint Radox muscle relax 🍭.

Terry’s chocolate Orange cranberry flavour 🍊

This was too good for words (and my dog just farted so there is a huge time gap between now and me opening my gob to do the rest of this post through the mic 🀒) and although I’ve since gravitated away from eating as much chocolate and if anything I go for dark/higher cocoa content but I’m becoming unsure of that too….do you know what, the smell of this dog is just too much so I’mma take a break….and now I’m in no mood to talk about food πŸ˜‚.

Facemasks

I got these ocean print masks from Tamagotokyo on Etsy and they were so intricately made with that extra layer of protection. It’s fair to say that I’m obsessed with them! 😍 In the last month I’ve left the house twice for appointments and the last occasion featured a drive down to the beach (but that story is for another day 🌊). I felt safe and confident at those appointments because of these masks, they must be the best purchase I’ve made in a while πŸ˜‚, I would highly recommend this shop as there is also a huge choice of designs! ⭐

Robbie Williams Christmas present CD πŸ’Ώ

I’ll admit I don’t understand the addition of or even like all of the songs on this CD, my favourite being Bad Sharon (I might like that the most because it can be listened to when it’s not even christmas) but I’m glad it played a small part in the festivities last year. I’d wanted this CD since xmas 2019 but I couldn’t get out to pick it up + back then I wasn’t doing online shopping so the idea just passed and was soon a distant memory 😦..πŸ˜‚.

After I did get it I put it on whilst I was on a long journey to my hospital appointment last month and it got switched off halfway there because we listened to the good songs and the rest were pure random πŸ™ˆ. There was silent agreement that it had to stop πŸ˜‚. I’m still glad I got it because it’s cheesy and I miss cheese seeing as I can’t actually eat it anymore 😏.

Making Gingerbread cookies in a Lidl Christmas jumper πŸ₯„ (baby spoon instead of wooden because emojis are limited in these parts πŸ˜‚).

I grouped this title all as one because that’s what I’ll remember it for πŸ˜‚. This was the best time ever and was surrounded by laughter. In the battle of Lidl vs Aldi I’m for sure an Aldi girl so it was no surprise (although I didn’t really know what I was unwrapping I’ll admit) that my sister got me a Lidl jumper πŸ˜‚.

The day I wore it we made gingerbread cookies whilst listening to the Christmas music channel and we all pulled crackers and it was just a really nice fragment of time that stood out as a memory in the making and it does looking back now too. When I think about last Christmas, I think about the song, the cookies and then that moment together because we were all in the kitchen with that glorious gingerbread scent, pulling crackers whilst listening to music and it was the best! πŸ˜‚πŸŽ„

Christmas day and all the festivities that surrounded it πŸŽ„

I could very well have put the other points beneath this one but I think we can all tell that I’m just going along with this and don’t intend to look back πŸ˜‚. I can honestly say that amidst all the heightened contemplation going around about how Christmas wouldn’t match up to previous years I actually really enjoyed myself.

On the 23rd we tuned in for the live Sword in the Stone panto from The Helix and it was brilliant! 🍿 All of us were laughing so there were jokes for the whole family and it got us super excited and in the mood for Christmas. It was genuinely like we’d been out to see something and it was a much needed break from the monotony of a fully at home Christmas, we were here physically but mentally we were at a theatre in Dublin πŸŽ«πŸ˜‚.

And Christmas itself? It was a moment that was looked forward to and enjoyed for being more than that. I can’t remember Christmas 2019 but I know I won’t forget this one just gone by! πŸ™Œ I’m grateful for all that I received (which will most likely pop up from time to time when I go on a rant in the future) + it was good fun seeing the faces of my family when they unwrapped the gifts I’d chosen for them as well. I couldn’t help but add a productive gift here and there, otherwise they’d think I’d been replaced by an alien πŸ˜‚πŸŽ.

And there we have it! Or do we? I’m confused…what exactly is it? πŸ€”πŸ˜‚ Thank you for reading this post! As short as it was I hope you enjoyed it and that it shone through around the need to get this over with how much I had fun looking back at the memories surrounding that time! ✨ What did you get up to in December? Did you bake any festive treats or indulge in nostalgic movies that never grow old? πŸ’« Let me know in the comments below and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day! πŸƒπŸ’ž

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    1. Thank you Kristie! ❀️ From bad came good, not on as huge a scale but it was the smaller, more simple things that had a massive impact and kept me going. I certainly learnt a lot from that and have started the new year off trying to hold onto and focus on it βœ¨πŸ™ŒπŸ˜‚

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