As you will know, we are flipping Christmas on it’s head this year and serving Beef for Christmas Dinner. This has brought a whole new world of researching I have had to do to ensure I have picked the ultimate wine pairings for the meal…. of course the festive wines don’t just stop at the main event… think about every glass of fizz or wine you have throughout December. It’s all a complex pairing mission!
If like me you aren’t a fan of chocolate advent Calendars, there has never been much choice for us. Now that we have a myriad of toys, booze and beauty advent calendars, there was still one thing missing. A Cheese Advent Calendar.
Hands up who thought it was a good idea to paint their large, bright and airy living room a deep shade of purple? Great in the summer but now the dark nights are here, I am struggling to keep my room feeling bright and not drab. It always feels cosy on a night time which is great but during the day it’s lacking that bright pzazz, but I do know I don’t want it to feel stark and clinical.
All the rooms in my house have bold punch colours in them so I need to up my lighting game and change how I think about lighting my rooms.
This year to break tradition, we are having Beef for Christmas Lunch for the first time so I have been doing a lot of research about which red wine would be best to serve. Red Wine is totally outside of my area of expertise so it’s been a learning curve for sure.
Whenever I think of red wine, I think of winter, spices, roaring log fires – the perfect Christmas Lunch accompaniment, right?
OK so I am panicking about picking the perfect red wine for the big day!
I always try to stay on budget at Christmas. I make lists, I plan ahead and I maximise sale days, discounts and loopholes where possible. I shop big so the more money I can keep in my pocket through Christmas Budgeting, the better it is for me to treat myself in the sales!
My biggest festive weakness is spur of the moment gifts or stocking fillers that all add up. I am trying to get better at this but it’s a work in progress! I have some great tips in this collaborative post to help you keep on track this year.