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Happy Christmas!

Christmas Eve outfit

Christmas Eve outfit

puppy at Christmas

I told you you hadn’t seen the last of me yet!

Now that all of the stress n’shopping is out of the way, I’m finally starting to get into the Christmas spirit, and as you can see, I’ve even gone so far as to purchase a Christmas jumper. Well, sort of. I mean, it’s not THAT Christmassy, but it’s close enough for someone like me, who’s never owned a Christmas jumper in her life – no, not even as a child, as far as I can remember – and who had no intention of ever buying one. Because I hate them. Sorry, people who love Christmas jumpers.

A few days ago, though, I was browsing the Collectif website, and I came across this one.  “If I was the sort of person who bought festive knitwear,” I thought, “That’s totally the piece of festive knitwear I’d buy. It’s green, it’s fitted, it doesn’t have anything on it that lights up, or plays a tune… yes, that would be the Christmas jumper for me!”

Then, a few days later, I looked at it again, and I thought, “I AM going to buy a piece of festive knitwear! And that IS the piece of festive knitwear I’m going to buy.”

So I bought it.

Then I bought this skirt to go with it.

Then, shortly afterwards, my order confirmation arrived… along with an email letting me know the Collectif sale would be starting the very next day, and everything on the site would be half price, yay! I kid you not: the two emails arrived at EXACTLY THE SAME TIME, so if I’d just waited a few minutes, I’d have known to wait until the next morning, when I’d have saved 50% on my order. That’s what I get for buying festive knitwear, I guess.

(I did email them to ask if they’d allow me to cancel the order, but they didn’t bother to reply. Ah well, all’s fair in love and shopping, I guess…)

Anyway. As you can see from the photos, it wasn’t just the Not-Really-a-Christmas sweater which came to our house this week, it was Christmas itself – ALSO not really. Terry and I always spend Christmas day with family (this year Terry’s mum is in Kent, but most years we’ll open gifts with my folks in the morning, and then with Terry’s side later in the day), but now that we have our non-Christmas tree, and a house we actually don’t mind spending time in, we decided to start a new tradition whereby we’d exchange our gifts to each other early.

We HAD actually intended to wait until Christmas Eve to do this, but Terry thought I might like to use my gift before the day itself, and he was totally right about that, because it was a gel nail kit, and now I have glittery gold nails, which will hopefully see me through the party season without the need to re-apply polish. We also had gifts from various family members who we won’t be seeing on Christmas day to open, and Rubin was being driven crazy by one particular parcel, so we allowed him to open his gift from my sister-in-law and family, and very excited he was, too.

(I’m saving the rest of mine until tomorrow, though. It just seems plain WRONG to do it any earlier, somehow.)

Seeing as we were all FINALLY in the Christmas spirit (and also seeing as Rubin had just had his Christmas bath, the effects of which last for approximately 1 hour, before he goes out and rolls in something unmentionable), I thought it would be nice to try and use the self-timer to get a little group shot of the three of us:

Christmas Eve Out-tale
Christmas Eve around the tree

Christmas Eve traditions

Well, you know what they say about never working with children or animals. It turned out to be impossible to get all of us looking at the camera at the same time (You can tell I’m the blogger in the family by the way I maintain a rigid smile-to-camera, while my partners in crime goof around behind me. You just can’t get the staff, can you? I’m wondering now if the really big bloggers hire actors for this kind of thing? Something to keep in mind for next year, I guess!), and ONE member of the group was so excited by the parcels on the floor – one of which had emitted a tell-tale squeak when I picked it up – that he alternated between SO EXCITED IMA LICK YOUR FACE OFF! and pretending he was being restrained against his will. Which he kind of was, actually. And that’s why you don’t often see photos of Terry on this blog, boom boom!

happy holidays

Happy Christmas from Amber ,Terry and Rubin

Anyway! After a few minutes, I realised that these shots of Terry and I holding what appears to be a small, furry prisoner were the best I was going to get, so all that remains now is for me to wish you all a very happy Christmas if you’re celebrating, and an excellent rest of the week if you’re not.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!

Happy Holidays

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21 Comments
  • Holly
    December 23, 2014

    I love the one where you and Terry are pointing to the camera to get Rubin’s head up, and Rubin’s plaintive little face is saying ‘if you find these pictures, please contact the authorities’.

  • Carol
    December 23, 2014

    Turned out better than most of the Christmas photos we’ve been getting – at least none of you are crying with red eyes. 🙂 Happy Christmas to you and Terry and Rubin!

  • Sara
    December 23, 2014

    You guys are so adorable! Love your outfit by the way, happy holidays!

  • Suki
    December 23, 2014

    Cute photos 🙂

  • Selina
    December 23, 2014

    I love those pictures of Rubin tearing that present to pieces. I also saw that jumper on the Collectif website but didn’t think was going to wear it so I passed it by. Then the sale came in and all of a sudden those Marilyn jeans I’d been waiting for all summer were mine. Don’t know how that happened…it’s probably sitting patiently in the post office depot right waiting for me to collect it. Happy holidays!

  • Nellie
    December 23, 2014

    I hope you and your family have a nice Christmas! I love photos with Rubin. He looks like he is in heaven being snuggled between you and Terry 🙂

  • Anca
    December 23, 2014

    Love the photos. Merry Christmas!

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • Annette Tirette
    December 23, 2014

    One of my family’s Christmas portraits made it into a book about awkward family photos, so all in all you’re not too shabby… Happy Holidays!

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    December 23, 2014

    Aw, Happy Christmas Amber! Your family portraits are such fun. I remember my husband and I did this once with three cats and the camera timer. Hilarious!!!

  • Layla
    December 23, 2014

    I love the first timed photo! All of the photos really capture the moment, who needs perfection when you can have funny memories? 🙂 x

  • Sandy
    December 23, 2014

    Merry Christmas to you too!

    I’ve been resisting the Collectif sale this year but it’s proving difficult!!

  • Ellesworth
    December 23, 2014

    Happy Christmas, Amber, Terry and Rubin! 🙂

  • CiCi Marie
    December 23, 2014

    While I can’t quite agree on the Christmas jumper thing – I like the excuse to wear gaudy knitwear, perhaps because it’s so unlike normal! – I love this jumper and have been eyeing it up for ages. It goes so well with the skirt – so I know it would also go with my same-patterned trousers! That’s such a shame about the sale though – my tip is to follow their facebook page as they always announce a sale is coming before the emails go out. Thanks to that warning I managed to get the super cute cardigan with dangly cherries on it for half price when I was about to spend £55 on it. And a couple of other things, heh. Phew! They nearly always do big sales near the end of the year 🙂 Merry Christmas – looking forward to next year’s posts! x

  • Rosie
    December 23, 2014

    Happy Holidays to you, Terry and your adorable furry prisoner! I love the picture of you and Terry pointing at the camera and it looks like Rubin is smiling, so cute.

  • Katie
    December 23, 2014

    Hilarious! Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and yours.

  • Tracey
    December 23, 2014

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  • Brit
    December 23, 2014

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you, Terry and Rubin. Love the pictures just because they are not “perfect”.

  • Mana
    December 24, 2014

    I agree. This year my festive knit is a cream cable knit sweater. I do like fair isle but I’ve never owned one. I do however have 3 cable knit sweaters now.

    Rubin is absolutely adorable. I love the photo of him licking Terry’s face while you’re smiling perfectly at the camera.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Joyce
    December 26, 2014

    Merry Christmas, so cute dog.
    http://www.dctbrand.com

  • Call me M
    December 27, 2014

    You all look adorable in these photos! Rubin is the cutest!
    Your skirt, and your festive knit are gorgeous by the way. Totally jealous! hehe 🙂

  • Wild Tea Party
    January 2, 2015

    Rubin opening presents is kinda the best photo I’ve seen in yonks lol.

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