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Our Christmas Traditions – A Cumbrian Christmas

**The hamper in this post was gifted – many thanks to LakeLovers**

This time of year is special for so many reasons and it’s also a bit of a strange time, when people like to celebrate Christmas in just the way they like it. Christmas is often one of our key memories of childhood, growing-up and then starting your own families and it’s amazing how many people have their own traditions. These often come up when the subject of spending Christmas somewhere other than home comes up…

This is the second year we’ll be hosting Christmas at our house for two reasons:

  1. The hubby and I have spent the last 9 years travelling up and down the country (and even over to Italy) for Christmas and our holidays, though amazing, always feel like they’re spent travelling.
  2. Having two young children, it feels like it’s time to be having our own Christmases now in our own home. 

We love to have people join us for Christmas though and this year, there’ll be 11 of us (and I’m cooking! ahhh!). With us, my parents, my in-laws and brother-in-law and his partner, it’s had me thinking a lot about our separate Christmas traditions and whether it’s possible to keep everyone happy on the day itself…

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LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS
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Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas

If you’re anything like me, December has snuck up on you, slapped you in the face and run off laughing (like “you’ve been Tango-d”!?). It’s gone so blimmin’ quick! With just over a week until Christmas, I’m still not entirely prepared and have a few more bits I need to buy and organise. So I thought I’d whip up this last minute Christmas present ideas guide, just in case anyone is as equally behind as I am!…

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Family Holiday Destinations in Italy: Cefalù, Sicily

If you follow my blog or my instagram, you’ll know two main things: 1. I am a major advocate for family travel (no matter how old your children are!) and 2. Italy has a special place in my heart. Everything about Italy…the landscapes, the food, the people…it is a country that feels like a second home to me.

Over the years, we’ve spent many-a family holiday in Tuscany, a place we’ve come to know well, but we’ve also enjoyed exploring the rest of Italy and there are a lot of places on my hit-list! I’ve been researching family holiday destinations in Italy and came across somewhere that looks to make the perfect family seaside getaway: Cefalù, Sicily. So I thought I might start a new series here on the blog about family holiday destinations in Italy. What do you think? Here’s the first instalment…

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