Happy Sunny Christmas

After a blissful 12 hours sleep we woke on Christmas morning to blue sky and sunshine.

The first time we spent Christmas away from home was 10 years ago, when the children were just finishing Primary School. I remember feeling it was a bit strange to be wandering around in warm sunshine on Christmas Day but now I am used to it and it really does make January much easier to cope with after a good dose of Viramin D.

We had a very relaxed Christmas Day this year. We started the day with a buffet breakfast before walking to Vilamoura Marina where we met up with my husbands parents, who are in holiday with us.

We enjoyed a long leisurely meal and a big jug of Sangria overlooking the Marina, which was bustling with families.

Unlike the U.K. Christmas Day is not the big day in Portugal. Portuguese families have their big family get together on Christmas Eve, so it tends to be tourists and ex-pats out celebrating on Christmas Day.

Dressing up is not the same either. Everyone is a little more relaxed here. So I didn’t go for full on glamour. Instead I opted for a asymmetrical maxi skirt, plain navy tee and a gold shimmery cardigan teamed with trainers as we had a bit of a trek from the hotel to the Marina.

We walked home from out Christmas me and had a little lie down in the room for an hou before heading down to the hotel bar for happy hour where I indulged in the cocktail of the day, advocat, lemonade and brandy.

We sat and listened to a fab guitarist who entertained us with a few Ed Shreran tunes.

It wasn’t a late night for us. We were back in our room by 10pm watching Festive First Dates while scoffing a lovely local delicacy…. Lemon Wafer Biscuits,

All in all a we had avfabulous day. Low key and no hassle. With an added dose of sunshine. What more could I ask for.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day xxx

Melanie xxxx

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