it’s the most wonderful time of the year; a festive finale of 2016.

Christmas never ceases to fill me with joy, laughter and inspiration. The season of giving is infectious and spreads so much love and care around a world that is in desperate need of it. I’m a massive birthday fan – always have been – but this year Christmas has seen to pip birthdays to the post for my best celebration of 2016. 

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” – Charles Dickens

I have had a Christmas playlist playing since December 1st: mostly in the car on my journeys between Sheffield and Nottingham as singing the classics at full volume somehow makes time fly! 😀 

Since Lisa’s long awaited arrival and too soon departure, the end of the semester came around quickly that found me driving down towards Birmingham to join Danny for his birthday celebrations on Tuesday 20th. We went to see the Magical Lantern Festival hosted in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It is created by a Chinese company therefore the are a few Chinese influenced sculptures. Here are the pictures that I took 🙂 

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After spending three days with Danny and his wonderful family, I made my way north to my grandparents house. My grandpa hasn’t been too well in the last part of the year following a series of unfortunate events. After going into hospital last week, I can’t express the surprise and excitement I felt when I wandered into the living room, completely unaware, to find him sat in his usual armchair. To him, and to anyone else whose health hasn’t been at its peak, here’s to a fresh year of better health and happiness. ❤

Christmas eve has appeared in a blur. Right now I am on a plane to France; to Nantes to be exact. (If Flybe hasn’t had any delays or problems!)

They say the first Christmas apart is the hardest. So, I’m leaving the country for a few days. 

Dramatic much? I thought so. 

Yet, it is true. I was given the amazing opportunity to visit Léa in France, alongside Lisa, and spend Christmas with them. They are both friends that I met during my semester abroad in China and it is going to be amazing to see each other again. I have no idea what to expect but am excited to spend a lot of time with the girls and Léa’s various family members. 🙂

Amongst all the festivities and chaos, the Evans family have managed to find a time that fits to have a “Christmas skype session”! 

With Calgary 8 hours behind Nantes, and Auckland being 12 hours ahead of Nantes, some mathematical sums were involved. The result being, on the Western world’s Christmas eve, we will call each other for Harry’s Christmas Day.

I don’t know what it’s going to feel like. It’s an odd situation to not be with the people – family – that embody the image and experience of Christmas. I’m just going to hope my dad doesn’t accidentally end up with a 21 pound turkey due to last minute shopping again. I think a turkey cookbook would be the appropriate Christmas present if so… 🙂  

To all my friends and their families this Christmas: I hope you have a wonderful celebration no matter how seriously you celebrate it or how much you eat of the grandiose feasts made.

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!” – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

To my own little family that seem to be getting way too good at globe trotting…






all my love, be strong and remember to open a cracker for me. You know how much we love wearing those hats. ❤


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