- Saturday, 26 December 2015 -

10 Things I was Thankful for This Christmas

Hello you lovely lot and a very Merry Christmas! As I type this post, television blaring in the background and tummy swollen with turkey sandwiches, a feeling of pure, blissful contentment grips me; I'm at home, surrounded by good food and good company and right now, can't imagine anything more perfect. Christmas time has always held a special place in my heart, even as an only child growing up with a single mother, I cherished every single year, putting my worries and woes on hold and just living for the day itself, happy to be with the ones I love. And even though I've experienced my fair share of ups and downs throughout the years, I feel that nothing soothes the soul more than being surrounded by family and friends and remembering all you're thankful for...

1/ The fond familiarity of returning to your childhood home - That feeling of being in your own bed as nostalgia rushes through you truly can't be beaten. I love to see my mum buzzing with excitement as she sees the house fill up with old faces.

2/ Being reunited with friends, regardless of the time or distance apart - I love being able to just pick up where we left off, reminiscing over the good times with a glass of wine in hand.

3/ Giving yourself time to breath after a hectic year - Christmas is all about rest and relaxation; that for one day in the year, you should afford yourself a well-deserved break. There's nothing I love more than allowing myself a lie-in until noon and indulging in all the chocolate I can!

4/ Having nothing to do and all day to do it - Christmas is a time where I like to put work aside, replacing it with a good book or TV series I can really lose myself in. 

5/ Being happy and healthy - This time last year I was just out of hospital getting my gall bladder removed and since then *touch wood* I've had no problems with it whatsoever. Having a gall bladder prohibited me from eating after a certain time, so this year I was especially thankful for my big Christmas dinner! As they say, your health is your wealth.

6/ Being lucky enough to spend another year with my grandmother - At the grand, old age of 93 you'd think she'd be riddled with ailments, memory fading and enthusiasm lacking? Well, you'd be wrong. This woman is as healthy as a horse and is my ultimate inspiration. Even though she shows no signs of slowing down just yet, each and every year with her is a blessing.

7/ Never wanting for anything - When my mum and my boyfriend asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I actually struggled to fathom an answer. And although this may seem like some people's nightmare, not knowing what to buy for a loved one, I felt very lucky knowing that I have everything I wanted and everything I need.

8/ Spending some quality time with my mum - It's no secret that my mum is my best friend; she's my partner in crime and my rock and I especially love this time of year as we really dedicate ourselves to each other. Probably my favourite memory from this Christmas is when we went to see Sisters in the cinema and laughed our heads off as we stuffed our faces with popcorn.

9/ Keeping my mental health in check - With this time of year being understandably triggering for some,  I'm very thankful for all the endless help and support I receive. With my last serious breakdown being in April, I couldn't be more grateful for my family and friends sticking by me.

10/ You - Leaving the best for last, I'm eternally grateful to all the friends I've made and bloggers I've met through this little hub of mine. I live in a constant state of inspiration and admiration because of my fellow bloggers and I couldn't be happier to be spending another year in the blogosphere. 

  1. Aw this is lovely :) I'm also grateful for not needing anything for Christmas and being mentally well (all good so far this winter!) Xx

  2. YES TO EVERYTHING! I had a breakdown before the summer but right now I'm happy and so thankful this Christmas for what happened after summer :) x


  3. Hope you had a lovely day chick, your grandma sounds like one hell of a woman!
    Coleoftheball xx

  4. AWW!! This is such a gorgeous post! Can I adopt your grandma? LOL! Merry Christmas! xx

    Dee | PromptsbyDee xoxo

  5. Awww, this is such a lovely post to read I found myself smiling all the way through it! I'm glad you had such a lovely time and got to spend it with your friends and family, there is nothing nicer than being reunited with friends and picking up where you left off - it's a sign of true friendship! I hope there are many more Christmases for you and your Nan too - that's like my Great Nan, she's still going and doing so well! Merry Christmas Claire. - Tasha

  6. The best things in life are free ! My favourite thing about christmas is getting to spend time with my loved ones.

    Almost Everything

  7. I absolutely love just having some time to do nothing and chill out! So grateful for time off x


  8. Oh I love this post. So much nicer than all the present 'hauls'. This year I was grateful to spend a proper Christmas at home with all my family, last Christmas was spent taking my mum to a lot of hospital appointments and to have her well this year is the best present.

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

  9. This is such a lovely post, so full of positivity! Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful inspiration <3

    Sian xx Cakey Dreamer

  10. Your grandmother sounds like the sweetest! This was such a lovely post to read, Claire <3 <3 <3
    She Will Be

  11. Such a lovely post! One of my favourite parts of Christmas is going back to my family home and catching up with friends :)

    ISOSCELLA | http://isoscella.blogspot.co.uk

  12. Ohh these are all such lovely things to be thankful for!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  13. Such a lovely post and a really great idea to list the things you're thankful for! It's so easy to get caught up that it's nice to step back and take stock of thone moments I think. Glad you had such a lovely Christmas,by the sounds of it! Happy new year! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  14. Such a lovely post and a really great idea to list the things you're thankful for! It's so easy to get caught up that it's nice to step back and take stock of thone moments I think. Glad you had such a lovely Christmas,by the sounds of it! Happy new year! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x