finding christmas spirit near and far


Christmas_1Happy #IGTravelThursday again. I am about to take off to Iceland and am looking forward to visiting the local Christmas market, (hopefully) some snow for kids to enjoy and spotting northern lights – we are excited to look for the Icelandic Christmas spirit, but before heading there it’s time to savour the British winter spirit!

Star Lamp

December is such a busy time – not in terms of travel but all the parties and events going on. I thought it was time to check where I’ve gotten on the Christmas Bucket list I shared a few weeks back… and I would love to hear how all of you around the world have been finding your Christmas spirit!

Pub xmas party

My mantra of the month is focus on the good things – I am trying to de-stress and embrace the fun that Christmas is for children, and I think it’s been working pretty well. When it comes to my bucket list, I seem to be half-way down on it already: I’ve had a lovely afternoon champagne tea high up in the sky, enjoyed London Christmas decor and lights, although daytime doesn’t fully count.

Candy cane lane Covent Garden

We’ve also visited one new sunday lunch place – it was a bistro rather than a pub, but I’ll count it in anyway – and also had a fun-filled night out in a nice pub-club combo place (and I had my first Christmas dinner already there as a warm-up for the big night!).

Covent garden xmas

London just comes alive at Christmas – beautiful window dressings, decor and lights everywhere. Little stalls selling warm cider, ice rinks, The Winter Wonderland and markets with cute German-style stalls. One visit just is not enough, so we’ll be back for me while we come for the Snowman in the theatre.


If you’ve checked my IG feed @houseofanais lately it’s easy to tell that we are feeling Christmassy here in England – and have been to two Christingles, christmas bazaars, enjoyed plenty of mulled wine and mince pies already, seen one nativity and christmas plays, baked the first Christmas cake…even been to a fabulous fairy photo shoots – the list goes on and on…

Tomorrow we’ll get to add some Christmas caroling in another church to the mix and are planning to make some peppermint brownies. What a fun season this Christmas is and there is still more to come with theatre, skating, christmas markets, and castle trails before the year end – maybe even a trip to the famous Bath Christmas market!

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