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December {Loves}

Let's see how far I can get with this post without mentioning the elephant in the room, shall we?!

We've had plenty to celebrate in December with the month kicking off with a special little lady's 4th birthday. How can Sophia be 4 already? She had a wonderful day, topped off with a tea party with her friends.

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal.

The filthy animal being in this case my mental health.

I adore Christmas, but it can be so... extra.

Don't get me wrong - it is such a deliciously magical time of year and I eagerly anticipate it. I love catching up with everybody, the food, the twinkling lights, the cheese... but it can easily become just too much.

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions are a funny old thing, aren't they? Some are passed down through families, from generation to generation, and some just naturally evolve without you even realising.

When I was growing up in Germany, St. Nicholas Day on December 6th was a bigggg deal as we would receive sweets in our shoes for being good {unless we had been naughty and Knecht Ruprecht left 'alternative' gifts!}. I don't recall mince pies featuring heavily in my childhood festive memories, but the mere waft of Stollen, Lebkuchen or Pfeffernüsse gives me alllll the nostalgic feels still to this day. 

Carly's Christmas Cranberry Compote

It's just cranberry sauce, really. 

But it tastes sooooo delectable that I felt like calling it plain ol' cranberry sauce did it no justice. Plus, I'm a big fan of alliteration.

Christmas. Yep, I just dropped the C bomb (no, not that one; go and wash your mouth out!) in November. It's the same date each year. We have 52 whole weeks beforehand to prepare for it, yet for some reason Christmas as a concept always lies dormant in my mind until suddenly it bursts to life around mid-November shouting "SURPRISE!" like a sneaky little devil.