My Christmas tradition is to have a very early celebratory dinner at my home with my second family, who are made up of my partner and the friends I live with. Often, due to other commitments, this ends up being super early in the calendar year. This year it took place at the end of November!
As my family lives about 100 miles away from my hometown, Leeds, I always end up in the Midlands for Christmas Day and so as a result I miss out on the opportunity to see some of my closest friends, and indeed my fiancé on the day itself. Although this doesn’t bother me too much (as my family makes a huge fuss on Christmas and I get to act like a big kid!), I do like to celebrate Christmas here as well. For as many years as I have been in Leeds, whoever I live with and whatever building we are in (house, flat, student halls of residence) we have still made the effort to have an early Christmas feast.
This year, the event looked like it might have sponsored by Lomography as I had used my piggies to buy 4 presents for the people I live with (and a cheeky one for myself of course!). First, we had a huge roast dinner, cooked by myself and richard-willis. We kind of cheated and had beef, but at least we had cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets, and Christmas crackers. We had a Christmas song playlist on the stereo in the background and we all wore hats and had a glass of mulled wine.
Most importantly, we then got to open our Lomo-presents and have a play with our new cameras: Diana Mini, Fisheye No. 2 and 2 La Sardina Pattern Editions. It was all very exciting indeed and I had a great pretend Christmas this year. I am even more excited now about my second Christmas of the year, although that will be a bit more traditional with it taking place on 25 December like everybody else’s!