Merry Christmas to you all! 🎄❤🎅

Hello lovely bloggers 💕,

This blog post will be all about how I spent my Christmas. In the Netherlands we celebrate Christmas eve, the First and Second Day of Christmas.

Sooooo, I will begin with Christmas eve which was on Sunday. For the first time in my life there were 10 persons at the dinner table. My brother Rafael and Veronica (who are going to marry in August in Spain!) came together with the brother of Veronica: Jairo and her mother: Milagros. Jairo and Milagros came to the Netherlands for the first time to spent Christmas all together. My parents were there and myself of course 😂.  Rafael and Veronica live 10 minutes away by car from us. My other brother Edward, his wife Elke and my niece Noanne also came for Christmas eve. They live in the south of Holland in Geldrop, near to Eindhoven, like two hours away from us. I can’t show you pictures of my little niece Noanne because they want privacy so of course I respect that.

I didn’t see Edward, Elke and Noanne for one year. I’m living in Spain and they are busy with work and with their own company of wedding photography. I was soooo excited to see them again 😍❤ I also am so in love with Noanne. She is now two years old and so damn cute. She can already talk a bit and walk of course. She was saying all the time: “I’m going to Spain” haha which is true. She is going to the wedding of Rafael and Veronica in August.

Before dinner we unwrapped the presents 🎁. I got so many nice stuff. I think I’m going to make a blog post about the gifts too. I got polaroid instax mini films, marshmallows, tony chocolony chocolate, gloves, more chocolate hahah, a book about photography, pyjama’s, handmade soaps, instax mini album and a lot of notebooks and pens. I love stationery stuff so much haha I have so much of it. I’m just so addicted to it 😂 I love writing and journalling.

After receiving our gifts, we ate dinner. We had a bit of meat, salad, potatoes and as dessert delicious chocolate and vanille ice cream with fruits. It was all soooooo damn delicious 😍❤ I love the fact that we are never about eating that much, just enough.

Here are some pictures of Christmas eve at home with my lovely family ❤

My brother Edward took this one with a nikon camera. I bought this dress on the internet and always wear it with Christmas 

                                                      With Veronica and Jairo ❤

Jairo and Milagros 

Rafael so happy with his new wallet

My father Harm giving us the presents

                                                      Happy with chocolate ❤😍

More presents 

                                            Christmas eve dinner with the family 😍

                                                                  All together ❤

                                          With the brother of Veronica: Jairo ❤

After dinner, Edward, Elke and Noanne went home. My father stayed at home too. I went together with my mother, Rafael and the family of Veronica to the church. For me, Christmas always begins with that. It makes me feel happy and purposeful. Some years I felt empty because of not going to church. I’m catholic and I believe there must be something to believe in. Everybody has their own way ❤

I felt anxious before going to the church because I was about to see my choir. It always brings up memories with my ex boyfriend, my first love. I went to UK with my choir and I met him in the hostel which we were staying. It’s been 5 years ago since the break up but it still hurts. I saw some people which I know from the church and it was nice. I also get anxious about people asking me questions about my life and stuff. The midnight mass of Christmas was so beautiful and my choir sang so beautiful. I knew all songs by heart and was singing them too 😂🎶

                                                   The church: St. Bavo Haarlem

 

                                                 Hodie Christus Natus est 🎤🎶

 

                                                God rest you merry gentlemen 🎶❤

The mass of Christmas eve began at 22.30 and ended at 00.15. It’s always a long one with Christmas. Afterwards, my parents and I went home and I stayed watching a bit tv with my mother.

On the first Day of Christmas which was Monday, I watched a Dutch movie at home with my parents called Loenatik. I unwrapped some gifts from my father which were chocolate and sweets. My mother got an awesome Rituals set, all for the shower whoehoee I’m gonna use it too 😂  We went for dinner to my brother’s home: Rafael where the family of Veronica also were staying. We were eating all together, 7 persons. In Dutch it’s typical to gourmet as Christmas dinner. This means that you are making your own meat and salad. It’s so nice and delicious. It was all so delicious. We also ate potatoes. As dessert we had vanille ice cream, yoghurt with chocolate, after eight (mint chocolate) and a tea.

           Here are some pictures of monday night eating dinner at my brother’s home ❤

After dinner, my parents and I went home. I saw my favourite Spanish singing contest: Operacion Triunfo. It was the special programme for Christmas. I loved Amaia and Rosa Lopez which sang thank you for the music from Abba. I also cried a lot with the final hymn of Operacion Triunfo. I love them all so much. I’m going to see the 16 participants live in March with my good Spanish friend. The concert will be in Madrid! 🎶❤🎤

Today, it’s the second day of Christmas. I was just chilling at home and enjoying the Christmas tree with it’s beautiful lights. I saw the movie Sisi which I love so much. The Spanish family of Veronica and my brother came to our home to drink a cup of tea together with a piece of pie…. so delicious! 🍰❤😍 I just watched a French movie with my parents which was really so funny. I also saw All you need is love, the Christmas special. It’s a Dutch programme about family members and lovers who are reunited again for Christmas after not seeing them for a long  time. It’s really so emotional and beautiful. I always cry when I watch it. The best way to end Christmas is of course with this blog post.

I had such an amazing Christmas! 🎄😍❤ This was definitely the best Christmas of my life. I always had a sad feeling of Christmas because it reminded me of the break up of my first love. Every year I felt a bit happier. This year it just have been so amazing to see my brother Edward again and being all together ❤ I also love my niece so much. Having a little child in our family makes us feel like a child again. I felt so happy and excited again this Christmas. It has been a long time that I felt this way about Christmas. I also loved that the family of Veronica was here.

I’m so blessed for everything. I’m so blessed to have an amazing family. I wish that you all had an amazing Christmas ❤🎄 If you are going through a grief, bad time or are missing someone, remember I’m here for you all. Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect. Do things you love and spend it with people you love 💕

Merry Christmas beautiful bloggers! 🎄❤💕 I love each of you so much. 

Much love,

xoxo Christina