Spending winter holidays in England, at my boyfriend’s family, has become a tradition since December 2013.
Waking up late, in one of the most comfortable houses I’ve known, just in time for brunch, reading for hours, playing with my boyfriend’s two adorable nieces, making small trips to the little towns nearby, going out for dinner at one of the many traditional restaurants in the area or just staying home and having some fish & chips while watching a British TV show or movie, all cosy, by the fire, in the living room – this is pretty much how this past week has been for me!
I was writing this in December 2014 and it’s still valid for the time around the winter holidays, year after year. Just like the day trips to Bridgnorth for sightseeing and to Birmingham for shopping and, occasionally, for the Christmas market.
I can’t think of a better place to spend winter holidays, really. I like how the British take decorating very seriously, each house looking prettier than the one you’ve seen before. The tradition of sending and receiving greeting cards – and displaying them in the house – is another thing I find particularly cute. And then there’s the indulgent food – crumpets, muffins, sticky toffee pudding, fish & chips with mushy peas etc., etc. – the shops – with so much choice on display, it feels overwhelming – the old inns and pubs, and the list could go on. Oh, and let’s not forget the the Christmas TV shows, such as my absolute favourite Country Living, or the cooking shows, when Christmas recipes turn into delicious dishes right in front of your eyes.
Here’s what our holiday looks like so far, with only two sleeps left ’till Christmas!