The pumpkin hasn’t been carved and I’m already talking about Christmas, sorry! I promise there’s a good reason though. Firstly, it’s always important to look back on happy memories and secondly, Transun have challenged a bunch of bloggers (and you) to share a fun and festive Christmas memory. What’s even better is that there is the chance to win a trip to Lapland. So, I’m getting involved and would love to know if you do too. Check out the website for the full details.
My last Christmas in Southwold was back in 2013 and I miss that place very much. On this particular Christmas morning we awoke early and enjoyed a strong cup of tea and a few slices of Marmite on toast. We then got dressed, pulled on our wellies and headed down to the sea.
Every year there is a Christmas Day swim in Southwold (get involved). A bunch of fun people get dressed up as santa, sharks or whatever they feel like and take a dip in the freezing cold sea. Each person usually raises money for a charity of their choice and everyone else goes along to cheer and support.
I’m afraid that I’m not about to tell you that any of us did the swim but we went down to support everyone who braved the sea in the rain. I enjoyed walking in the crisp cold air and there was a fantastic community feel down by the sea. For me, starting Christmas Day with a long walk really makes the day of food ahead worth it. Being by the sea was always very special to me, especially at Christmas. It’s one of my favourite places to be and I have many fond memories from Southwold beach.
After chatting with friends and wishing everyone a happy day we headed back home. The fire went on and I made up a huge jug of mulled wine. The rest of the day was filled with everyone doing their bit for the Christmas dinner, watching Home Alone and of course, playing Monopoly. The day ended with another walk down to the sea and a chat with the locals.
It was a very lovely Christmas and I feel lucky to have had experienced Christmas in Southwold over the last few years with my family.
This year I’ll be celebrating the festive season in Cambridge and I look forward to creating new traditions and exploring the city on Christmas morning.