The annual Christmas eve festival of carols and lessons at St Mary's Fen Drayton - the small church packed to the gills and many familiar faces from my childhood in the village (this essentially is my Christmas). Thick tights, big boots, enveloping myself in a gigantic chunky scarf. Mulled wine! Cards with beautiful sentiments of happiness for the season and the year ahead. Opportunities to revel in light and bright colours during drab English winter months. Knitwear, knitwear, knitwear. Red carnations (a new obsession for 2012). The joy of picking a lovely friend for my work secret santa. Anticipation. Spending quality time with my wonderful mum whilst journeying to relatives. Trying to walk off overindulgences. Gift wrap colour schemes. The music! Michael Buble! Sharing holiday tales with friends and family. Soft lighting and sofa hibernation. The beautiful Tove Jansson documentary. The chance for rest and reflection. This pannetone recipe - an amazing Christmas citrus scent and tasted so good! My first Christmas day with Mr Silversmith's family - a beautiful, peaceful, relaxed day with a lot of excellent food and plenty of festive fizz.
Wishing you all a truly beautiful and joyful Christmas!