It was Hugo’s first Christmas, not that he had any clue! He’s been rocking some very cute Christmas outfits for the month of December, and I took him to meet Father Christmas, which he seemed to enjoy even if only for the beard grabbing!
My family joined us for Christmas and flew in on the 23rd, slightly delayed by the weather and the general chaos that is Gatwick Airport the Saturday before Christmas. We went straight to The Kiln for brunch, then Mum, Dad and Rodie (Richard and Jodie for the unitiated) went to the St Pierre Park to check in.
In the afternoon we had a photoshoot with Adorabubble. We’ve not had all the photos back yet but here’s a few. It was a great idea of Mum’s, having Hugo has really made me appreciate photos for the memories they inspire. Everyone was tired from an early start so we all had an early night.
Xav, Hugo and I went for brunch on Christmas Eve, our normal Sunday tradition, and my parents joined us for a coffee after walking into town. We headed to M&S to collect our turkey and other Christmas foodie bits, Hugo kindly donated his pram to transport the turkey home 😂
In the afternoon we went ice skating at Le Friquet garden centre, there’s no ice rink in Guernsey so it’s a very popular festive pop up. Mum and I stayed with Hugo whilst the others skated, but it’s a small rink so going around in a circle got dull pretty quickly. We wanted to get a coffee and snacks, but annoyingly the staff refused to serve us because they were closing in thirty minutes. I appreciate that on Christmas Eve the staff want to get home to their families, but it seems a bit unfair to sell tickets for a timeslot where you get hussled out before the timeslot is even up. It was then back to La Rochelle (our Guernsey house) for traditional Christmas Eve curry and watching Love Actually.
CHRISTMAS DAY!!! Xav, Hugo and I exchanged gifts, which didn’t take long as we were meanies and didn’t buy Hugo anything. I made him a Christmas stocking to match ours, and he had a jumparoo in November so buying more seemed pointless. Mum and Dad arrived for Christmas cuddles with Hugo, then we set off for a walk whilst Rodie chilled out and watched the turkey. Luckily for us, The Slaughterhouse was open on Christmas Day so as the heavens opened we sheltered for a coffee.
My Dad worked his normal Christmas dinner magic and we sat down to our feast at 4pm, we like to eat Christmas dinner late. Hugo joined us and munched on a carrot and broccoli, it’s amazing to think that next Christmas he will be eating the meal with us! Some of us then settled in to watch The Holiday and others hid in the second living room, for family get togethers having two living areas is invaluable to give everyone the space/ quiet that we need.
Boxing Day started sunny but cold and we all headed to Cobo Bay for the annual Boxing Day swim. Only Xav and Dad were brave enough to get in the water, and Hugo was not a fan of the cold so we left as soon as the boys were out of the water. After a coffee at the St Pierre Park, it was back to ours to watch the football, before our late lunch at Octopus. The food was delicious as always and the glass of Bordeaux was a dream! By then, the weather has completely changed as it does in Guernsey and it was stormy and dramatic! Luckily my family’s flight departed safely.
It was a fantastic Christmas, and it was great to be out and about each day but also not insisting that everyone is together 24/7. I don’t think Hugo or I could hope for a more perfect first Christmas.