It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
When you sit back and think about it, yes it really is. Don’t get us wrong there’s nothing nice about the panic of Christmas shopping (or shoppers) and that horrible feeling you get after eating too much, oh wait and the fact it always seems to appear way to early into the year! However, for us it’s the chance to spend lots of family time together, catch up with old friends and yes… probably eat and drink way too much.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to doing this December (and hopefully some ideas for you too).
Christmas is all about the shows for us. No, not what’s on the telly but live productions from some of the best venues in Scotland. This year we’ll be taking a trip to The Lyceum to see The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Directed by Andrew Panton who done The BFG last year, we’re expecting a magical night with this classic tale. Over in the west, at the Tron, Sleeping Betty is the only show to see in Glasgow. Forget the bigger shows and laugh yourself silly with the Glesga’ banter in this Christmas show. So a bit bias, seeing as Lindsay works there, but Macrobert Arts Centre’s The Little Mermaid is one panto worth making the trip to Stirling for. We always attend opening night and if you have never seen or heard of Johnny McKnight then shame on you. Not only is he the King of Panto in Scotland today but he’s a dame with a difference. Okay small plug but you can see what other’s thought here, here and here!
Whilst the main event may be on December 25th, we’re looking forward to our festive afternoon tea at The Signet Library in Edinburgh. We’ve been meaning to go since it opened in June but time has inevitably slipped away from us. Incredibly opulent, in terms of food and decor, we thought it was the perfect occasion for our Christmas get together, and to mark our return to afternoon tea as it feels like ages since we’ve had one! For £50 for two people, we’re looking forward to tucking into some festive favourites, both sweet and savoury. Watch this space for our review. For an evening out we’ll be heading to Guy’s in the merchant city area of Glasgow. We enjoyed the food so much last year it’s becoming a bit of a tradition for our Christmas meal out. With something to suit even the fussiest of eaters, the atmosphere is always fantastic too, with live singers crooning away if you happen to book on a particular night.
If we were both asked what is the main tradition in our household at Christmas, we’d both say; our mum’s cherry loaf! We’ll be stealing the recipe off of her and giving this a whirl. It’s perfect with a cuppa in front of Christmas films, or sliced up to serve when guests come round. Lindsay tried to perfect earlier last week but unfortunately her centre was still raw and the top nearly burnt. Baking fail! We just need Liz to show us how it’s done! Nicola will be also attempting some very festive Rudolph Brownies. How cute are these?!?
We’re all about the festive cocktails of course, and one of our favourites is The Nutcracker – amaretto, dark rum and cranberry juice served with a garnish of lime and a cocktail cherry. Nicola on the other hand is a big fan of gin, and also with being a new home owner, this Gintuition Set from Dartington Crystal is perfect for a luxury Christmas gift for every cocktail lover. Coming in a gift box, for £25 you get a selection of 3 great glasses to get creative with. A classic highball, a copa stem and a martini cocktail. The set also comes with an expert guide to each glass with mixing tips and gin cocktail recipes. We were very lucky to get sent one to try it out, so when we’re not teaming it up with our favourite Edinburgh Gin, we’ll be mixing and matching flavours in our next cocktail post.
and everything else…
Eek! When we write it all down it seems like the next few weeks are going to be really busy! As well as checking out the Edinburgh Christmas markets, Lindsay is off to Krakow next week for four nights, there’s the family board games to buy for Christmas day, staff Christmas parties, secret Santa to buy and our annual trip to Bandeath dog shelter to donate some food for the pooches. Phew! No rest for the wicked!
- Robin – John Lewis Christmas decoration
- Us getting festive!
- Gintuition photo from Dartington Crystal
- The Little Mermaid – credit Paul Watt – Macrobert Arts Centre
- Rudolph brownies from Kitchen Fun