Merry Christmas – and GOODBYE 2020!

Merry Christmas selfie - Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb and family

That’s it folks – the last blog post of the year!

And what a year it’s been {makes wincing face like she’s eating a lemon}…

As much as I intended to publish a final #IWillWearWhatILike post this week as well as this one, time just wasn’t on my side. I honestly feel like this has been the busiest Christmas build up/festive period EVER – I don’t know HOW, seeing as, you know, 2020 and all that?

 

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So I’m not going to dwell on the year that we’ve had (I’ll save that for my Year in Review Part 3 post at the beginning of next month), instead I just want to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas. Whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re with, I hope it’s as fun as it can be. Maybe you’ll enjoy the new-style Christmas you’ve been forced to have. Maybe you’ll find a whole new set of traditions to continue on. I do hope that you and your loved are as safe and well as they can be, that’s the absolute most important thing.

We can only look at the positives and know that better things are on the horizon.

I’m actually hosting Christmas lunch for the first time in my life ever tomorrow: I have always, always been at my parents’ for Christmas, but this year (as my mum and dad are 86 and 91 respectively and not in the greatest of health) we’re having them come to us for turkey and all the trimmings. I picked up our M&S Foodhall order for four yesterday – everything’s posh and pre-prepared so no chopping veg or peeling potatoes for us tonight, hurrah! – and we’re looking forward to having a quiet celebration with just the four of us… or rather five, including Suki.

I just want to thank you for your support this year: whether you’ve been reading for nine weeks or nine years (10 year blogiversary next year for me), I really appreciate the fact that you don’t just glance and scroll through Instagram but you come here for the meaty stuff instead – or as well.

We ALL know that blogs are where it’s at…!

I hope that by this time next year we’ll be looking back on the NON-sh*tshow that was 2021 and be thankful that 2020 finally ended and we all had some more positive, more hopeful months ahead of us.

DON’T FORGET that 1st January means… you guessed it, BLOOPERS AND OUTTAKES!! That’ll be my next post after this one, I’m taking the Christmas break and try to recharge my batteries. Gawd knows I need it, I’m sure you do too.

So, sayōnara 2020! What can I say, it wasn’t exactly fun while it lasted, was it…?! 😉

What are you up to on Christmas Day, how different are your plans compared to normal? Comment below…

Stay safe, till next year XOXO

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18 Comments

  1. Pilar
    30 December 2020 / 9:52 pm

    I hope you take pics of your fancy dinner!!
    We had a very different Christmas. We stayed in the States instead of going home to Mexico for the first time since my son was born. I missed everything so much!! I was also elated to have a baby shower in Mexico with all my family and friends that didn’t happened either.
    But we had a great time, decorating the front yard, checking out decorations around the neighborhood, getting presents, etc.

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:34 am

      Thanks Pilar – we actually only remembered to take a photo of the lobster starter… after that we were too interested in stuffing our faces with Christmas dinner!!

      I’m sorry you had to miss Christmas in Mexico, but it sounds like what you did do was lovely. Funny how strange times almost force us to make the most of what we have and hopefully the day ends up being wonderful anyway, that’s what happened with us! x

  2. 29 December 2020 / 11:23 am

    Catherine, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family! We enjoyed spending quiet time at home this year but celebrated with my in-laws the week before Christmas. Military life has trained us to go with the flow when it comes to odd ways of celebrating holidays. So our Christmas was not very different from any other year. Good bye to 2020. May 2021 be the best year ever! And blogging is totally where it’s at…I am really becoming a hardcore hater of social media! I just want to write my stuff on a page without having to type tiny little captions on photos. Ugh. So boring! Haha.

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:35 am

      Thanks Shelbee, we did have a lovely time all things considered… it was 100% stress-free which is pretty unusual for Christmas! Wishing you a much better year too, I know 2021 has had a dreadful start but it’s the end of the year I’m looking forward to x

  3. 28 December 2020 / 1:12 am

    Ihope it was lovely, Catherine. I have so enjoyed your posts the last couple of years.
    As for us, our Christmas morning was QUITE different as the 18 members of extended family/friends met on the front porch in 18 degree weather! (that’s -8 degrees for y’all!) We were bundled in fur coats, insulated coveralls, hats, gloves and all MASKED – which made consumption of the hot homemade cinnamon rolls and mimosas a challenge, but we did it anyway! It was our first year for a Secret Santa gift exchange, and lots of good fun all around. Looking forward to what you bring us in 2021!

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:37 am

      Aww thanks so much, Mary Katherine – yes we did have a lovely Christmas despite its quietness! And GOODNESS those temps are not funny, I can’t cope at 0C, let alone -8C!!!!!!! Still sounds like you had a lovely time though which is the main thing, isn’t it…? x

  4. 26 December 2020 / 4:29 pm

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas sweetie!

    Danielle xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:37 am

      thanks so much Danielle, hope you had a good one too x

  5. 25 December 2020 / 5:20 pm

    Fabulous 10 year reading content, even though I wasn’t here for all of it, I have often browsed back through the years of this lovely blog. I’m in New Zealand, so we are jusr 100% fortunate, and I’ve just had the best Christmas ever, thanks to the generosity of one of my daughters and her two daughters. So it was a small family gathering for 1/2 of the day.. Such fun. But I have noticed that everything was quieter, and less affluent. So it looks as though our values and priorities have changed (hurrah). Best of seasons greetings to you all in your Fair Isles, and many heartfelt wishes for a better 2021. xxxxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:39 am

      Thanks Ratnamurti, that’s so nice to hear you go back through the archives now and then!

      It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas break – and yes I think the lack of excess this (last) year has shifted a lot of people’s values a bit, and all for the good I hope…!

  6. 25 December 2020 / 8:14 am

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Catherine!

    Michelle

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:39 am

      thank you so much Michelle, hope you had a lovely break too xx

  7. 24 December 2020 / 10:50 pm

    Merry Christmas, Catherine! Always enjoy your blog and lovely sense of fashion. Enjoy your time with family. Looking forward to your posts in 2021!

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:40 am

      That’s so nice of you to say, thank you Debbie! x

  8. Erika
    24 December 2020 / 7:55 pm

    Merry Christmas to you five and have the best time possible…….with plenty treats for Suki of course, who deserves them just for looking so good in antlers . Enjoy your well earned break, and let’s see what next year has in store for us !!

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:41 am

      Haha she wouldn’t keep still so they kept falling back on her head, Erika!! 😉

      Many thanks for your best wishes, sending them right back atcha! x

  9. Caroline
    24 December 2020 / 7:45 pm

    Merry Christmas to you all. We are doing the same and having the M&S experience. Hope you have a lovely day.

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 January 2021 / 11:42 am

      Thanks Caroline – no regrets about the M&S food, eh?!!!!!! We’re going to do the same next year it was so good…!

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