The month of December is often associated with Santa Klaus and X-mas; both associative of good behaviour and presents in lieu. Having studied in a Convent school, Christ, Christmas and carols were an intrinsic part of my schooling. So it’s not surprising for me to have continued the tradition of decorating a christmas tree into my adulthood.
As I wrote this gratitude post for December, I couldnt help being surprised to see how blessed a month this has been for me in terms of travel, friendships, occasions, and of course presents!!!! The universe has been most kind and giving to me and I pray it continues to do so in 2018 too.
♥ Foodgasm, a wedding & romancing history ♥
First up was a travel to the city of Nawabs – Lucknow to attend my dearest friend’s (Maitreyee) wedding; we met online & then became besties offline in a short span of time. Through her I met and made loads of other amazing friends; some of them were at this wedding and boy did we rock it!!! Anu & I decided to do Lucknow darshan along with attending the do (travel posts are being cooked even as I type this) and sampled some delish fare- both at the wedding & food joints in Lucknow.
Sightseeing was done in plenty and we were quite blown away by the monuments, history and the politeness of the townsfolk. The grandeur of the Nawabs was visible and preserved with joy in the many monuments that dot the urban landscape now.
The best and warmest part of the trip was meeting M’s family who welcomed us with wide open arms & hearts and ensured that were looked after really well. From food to stay to roaming around in town – we had the best hosts who delighted in making us feel special. I came back with some very warm ties and beautiful memories of family who loved and shared with us.
♥ An X-mas affair ♥
Hosting a christmassy party with my besties has become a trend of sorts and the piece-de-resistance is my mulled wine and a boozy rum cake which I brew/soak for days before. This year I made a tree out of my bookshelf and it did look pretty even if I do say so myself 😉 And the bash was well attended with tonnes of merriment to go around till next year.
♥ It rained Santa this year ♥
It literally did! I played Secret Santa with my blogging buddies and I was delighted to receive my favourite Harry Potter book in the graphic form which is a recent add onto the series. Wowza a Santa who knew me really well!! Next up an online friend from Mumbai sent me a gorgeous parcel of stuff (books, magnet, ear rings) – we have been exchanging christmas gifts since last two years. It was heartening to see that we continued the tradition! And then there was the bumper load from my GFs, each brought a gift for me and one another at the Xmas do!
♥ Health & Fitness check ♥
My 2017 resolution was to get back into shape; happy to state that the mojo for that is continuing well into the New year. Though I had a health setback in mid 2017; things are under control and I am inching back to my ideal fitness levels.
♥ On the blogging front ♥
I was keen to end the year with loads of writing and in pursuit of that goal, I organised a bloghop with 28 other bloggers; each wrote a guest post for me and I wrote one for them. All in all I wrote 28 guestposts this December and was zapped at my storehouse of ideas for them. Some were easy as the host had sent me a topic/image to write on. But for the most part I had to get creative – it was very challenging and at the end of this bloghop, I hit the 25,000 hits mark on my blog – YAY!!!! Icing on the cake was the connect with such a good bunch of bloggers.
♥ 31st Night ♥
Do you remember the scene from Sex and the city-1 movie where Miranda rings Carrie who gets dressed and tramps over freezing cold NY city to make it to her apartment to relieve Miranda of her feeling of being lonely on New Years Eve? I cherish that scene and was blessed enough to have plenty of Carrie-s in my life this new year’s eve. Landed at Sups place who cooked some delish and exotic fare for us and we welcomed the new year with a tequila shot each. Gabbing till 4 in the morning with your besties is the best TLC in the world.
What I especially loved was the effort folks made to call me on New year’s eve as they were making sure to call their “important” ones, once before the year ended. So much gratitude for this thought; humbling to know I have a place in their hearts!
Ending my post with a heartfelt wish for abundance, blessings and love for all in 2018! Hope your New Year is brimming with resolutions, ideas and plenty of motivations!!
Technically the first post of 2018 but as it’s about 2017; lets count it there! Adding it to many of my favourite bloghops on #gratitude!!!
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