Since 2015, we’ve been lucky enough to spend our Christmases in the Alps, Champagny-en-Vanoise. This year was our last year going there. Knowing this, we both wanted to profit from this beautiful setting. And I think we did.
I made a Christmas Pudding for the first time. It’s a huge undertaking, there are so many ingredients and it takes 8 hours to cook it. I made the brandy butter (another tradition from Ireland) and re-heated the pudding on Christmas Eve. I instructed and directed my boyfriend (because the pudding bowl is super hot and I didn’t trust myself!) and he flipped the pudding over and it plopped out of the bowl in a perfect mould. I was (and still am) delighted!
He was also in charge of the scary bit where we flamed the pudding. He did an amazing job, there is a video, I don’t have it at the moment.
Contrary to what most people do when they spend a winter holiday in the Alps, I don’t ski. I can’t and I have no desire to learn. Please, there is no point trying to convince me otherwise, I’m not having it.
I do however, love walking in the snow! We decided to use snow rackets:
We walked for nearly three hours in the snow, and even hiked up the side of one mountain a bit. It was beautiful and exhausting.
The final big activity we did was going to the spa. Wow, I have been converted! I need to go to the spa regularly. There was a jacuzzi, sauna, Hamman, different types of showers, a rest room and a cold bath. The jacuzzi is my new favourite thing in the world. I felt so relaxed and massaged after lying in that tub. We spent an hour and a half in the spa and then went swimming for a bit afterwards.
This Christmas has easily been the best yet (I say this every year)! As always, I really think my life can only get better. I’m looking forward to the new year but right now I’m enjoying my holidays and I hope you are too.