Christmas traditions

This is the eighth Christmas season that Dan and I have been together, and our first as a married couple.  It felt rather weird buying a ‘Husband’ Christmas card from Clintons earlier today.

Over the past eight years our own Christmassy traditions have formed and Christmas just wouldn’t feel right without them.
One of my favourites is our trip to the local ice skating rink near to our house.

Skating at Beckworth Emporium

I am aware that I look rather special here.  Sometimes I’m not sure why Dan wants to take photos with me in at all!

Having never really been ice skating before we got together, and only going once a year since, I always start off a little rusty and holding on to the edge, but by the end of our time on the rink I’m happy skating round on my own (although tensing up anytime a small child whizzes infront of me gripping their small penguin stabiliser.)

Skating at Beckworth Emporium

Three years ago we were in New York for New Year and our skating session was at the Central Park rink – very magical and worth the queue!Skating in New YorkUsually though we head to the rink at the Beckworth Emporium, a Garden Centre which also has a fantastic gift shop and cafe attached.  (Don’t all garden centres?!)

Obviously we made sure to visit during a meal time and I enjoyed their Roast Parsnip Soup for lunch with a couple of slices of really soft bread.

Roast parnsip soup at Beckworth EmporiumDan munched through a chicken burger.  One of the best things about going out to dinner with Dan is that he doesn’t eat any of the veg or salad with a meal, so obviously I got my pickings as a side to my soup.  :)

Chicken burger at Beckworth EmporiumTo top it all though I had one of the best hot chocolates I’ve had in a long while (and I’ve drunk A LOT of hot chocolate lately!) Real cream and flakes of chocolate – Dan was rather envious of this beauty as he sipped on his Coke.

Hot chocolate at Beckworth Emporium

Can you ice skate?  Do you go skating at this time of year?

6 thoughts on “Christmas traditions

  1. I can’t ice skate to save my life sadly. It always looks like so much fun, but knowing my luck I’d fracture something!

    That’s one spectacular hot chocolate right there – I should think you needed it after being out in the cold for so long. Oh, and I’d still want to take a photo with you no matter how ‘special’ a face you were making, so I’m sure Dan feels the same way :) You look so happy together!

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    1. I know many people that can’t ice skate actually. Now I’m a regular runner my fear is always that I’ll damage something and not be able to run!
      Hot choc was defo deserved after that skate! I think the cold must have gotten to me to make me pull that face!!!

  2. Oh my life that hot chocolate looks amazing. As does Dan’s burger (though parsnip soup is always a good soup option). Ben’s the same. I get all his veg and salad which is always brilliant when we eat out.
    I enjoy ice skating but I do find it a bit dull after a while, just going round and round. I’m not very good but I can skate without being hanging on to the sides. I always try skating backwards but fail miserable or go at crawling speed. Lovely romantic and festive thing to do though this time of year. Glad yo guys had fun.
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    1. Yeah the 45 minutes we had on the ice although sounds like nothing, really was enough on that tiny little rink. I could have gone on and on when we were in Central Park though. I’m not sure I’m up to attempting backwards skating yet!!!

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