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22 December 2013

144 // Tori and the boy do Christmas!

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1 // Our lounge (excuse the mess, uni notes and books galore!!) complete with Walnut stepping in as a Christmas tree replacement!
2 // Our kitchen, resplendent with a 'Merry Christmas' sign and Christmassy ornament-type-thing
3 // Our table, jazzed up with a few red and white goodies (John Lewis clearance!!)

Happy eve of the eve of Christmas eve everyone! Today, Sunday 22nd December 2013 (gosh, it's so near to 2014 now, which is pretty terrifying because that means 2004 was 10 years ago - SAY WHAT?!!), is much like the real thing for me because the boy and I are spending the day together celebrating our very own Christmas Day! Things are different this year to the previous four because instead of us both being at home for Christmas (and by home I mean back in the Winchester area) I am travelling back by myself and spending 10 days with my family whilst the boy stays here, in Nottingham, working and writing an important essay/revising for exams. It's not the happiest of plans - not only are we are sure to miss each other but I am also sad he is spending Christmas here on his own - but it's the way things are being done this year so we are choosing to make the most of our situation and celebrate in the best way we know how. Or rather, have decided how. Let's hope we pull it off!

If you follow me on twitter or instagram you may have noticed that last night I uploaded a fair few photos, and a video, of the progress I made during my dedicated-to-Christmas-decorating night. I finally (after too many hours to logically process) got everything done at around 11:30pm, ready for when the boy arrived back home from his 10 hour shift at 1:30am! It left us in the festive spirit and we are both very much ready and excited for the day ahead (which, for me, involves a lot of cooking!). We have plans to watch numerous Christmas films - The Snowman, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone 2 and Santa Claus The Movie - possibly play a game of (travel) Monopoly or Scrabble (or maybe both - heck, why not push the boat out?!), listen to Christmas music and, I imagine (most definitely on the part of the boy!), get very merry!!

Before I leave you, I must bring to your attention Lyzi's post on lost loved ones at this time of year - albeit a tough subject to tackle at any time, in December it feels particularly hard, and I'm grateful to Lyzi for doing so and sharing her story. If you are at all struggling to cope now, or at any time of the year, due to the loss of someone close to you, please know there is always someone you can talk to - there's no need to keep things bottled up. As Lyzi says, a problem shared is a problem halved. 


  1. can I live at your place while you're gone? promise I won't move from the window.. and table. (your boy won't even notice me) your place looks so pretty!

    imeowlife. ,Dixx

  2. Lyzi's post is so touching, thank you for linking it Tori, it was a really heartwarming kind of read. It's easy to forget sometimes that we're not the only ones who have suffered a loss, and that however hard it may be for us there is always someone out there who may have it worse. A kind word or note can make such a big difference at these times :) and buying presents to yourself is something my mum was encouraged to do at hard times (occasions etc) by her counselor when my dad passed away. That being said, I hope you and your boy had the most wonderful of Christmas days spent together! I'm apart from my own boy this Christmas, and finding it lonely despite being surrounded by loved ones! I'm counting down the days until I get to see him again (5 sleeps!) as he is coming to my family's house for New Years. xxx

  3. I hope you & your boy had a lovely "Christmas" day & didn't get too merry :)
    I completely agree with Lyzi, a problem shared really is a problem halved :)


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