This year we treated ourselves to the most decadent hot chocolate at the Fortnum & Mason Lodge, complete with whipped cream piled high, and mint choc chip marshmallows - delicious! We then wandered around Covent Garden, marvelling at the lights, to walk it off before devouring burgers at Byron. It was such a wonderfully festive day, it got me thinking about all the other traditions I enjoy in the run up to Christmas.
It just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to a market or two for some mulled wine! This year I'm so thrilled to heading home in time to catch the Luxembourg City Christmas market before it shuts on Christmas Eve - I'm so ready for some steaming hot gluhwein and potato cakes! There are usually people singing carols too, it's the perfect start to the festivities in my opinion.
Another of my favourite traditions is our yearly festive raclette feast! I adore raclette - if you're not familiar, it essentially consists of covering the table in all sorts of meats and cheeses (my favourite has mustard seeds in it), as well as vegetables, sauces and pommes frites - and everyone cooks their own concoction over a heated griddle pan in the middle of the table. It's basically a melted cheese fest which looks something like this, and it is one of my all time favourite meals ever. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Of course we will have the traditional turkey on Christmas Day itself, cooked in a haze of chocolate and Michael Bublé songs - last year we even managed to cook our Christmas dinner without an oven, now that is dedication...
I head home in two days and I absolutely cannot wait to partake in these little joys! What are your favourite Christmas traditions? Where are you spending Christmas this year?