family festivities – Christmas in London.

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I love Christmas in Europe. It might be cold and dark by 4pm but there’s a real charm to this time of year with all the pretty lights, Christmas markets and the smell of spice in the air.

Having only ever had Christmas in summer, it was such a different experience moving to London in 2012 and having my first cold Christmas (and longest winter ever!). It was only when I was standing out in the freezing cold watching the ice skaters zooming around, sipping on my mug of mulled wine and eating my bratwurst at Winter Wonderland that it really dawned on me what Christmas is all about. It’s not that Australia doesn’t know how to celebrate Christmas – it does – but it’s an incredibly different atmosphere. In Europe, there’s such a wonderful build up as the days start growing shorter, the winter coats and gloves come out, the Christmas markets and crazy Christmas jumpers start appearing and all the stores and streets start putting up their lights and decorations. It’s actually kind of exciting!

This year my parents came over to visit so we had a big family celebration – first on Christmas day at my uncle’s house for an extended lunch and then on the weekend with Micu’s family. Both lunches involved lots of good food and plenty of wine and champagne; the perfect combination for Christmas!

A festive setting at my uncle's house
A festive setting at my uncle’s house

Family portraits

Present time!
Present time!
Boys in the kitchen cooking a feast
Boys in the kitchen cooking a feast

Fortnum & Mason sponsored Christmas

A new addition to the Christmas tree this year - an owl from Vienna
A new addition to the tree this year – an owl from Vienna
Ken - the star of the tree
Ken – the star of the tree
Christmas lunch with all the trimmings
Lunch with all the trimmings
Walks along Regents Canal before pudding
Walks along Regents Canal before pudding
Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill
View from the top of the hill
View from the top of the hill
Sunset at 4pm
Sunset at 4pm
Back for Christmas pudding and watching the Queen's speech
Back for pudding and watching the Queen’s speech
Christmas - Part II
Christmas – Part II
Smoked beef
Smoked beef
Christmas cheers
Christmas cheers
Family reunions
Family reunions
Homemade Takoyaki balls
Homemade Takoyaki

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Cake time!
Cake time!
All over for another year!
All over for another year!

© 2014 Fiona Tregeagle.

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