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An Untraditional Christmas.

Hi there from Florida of all places, long(ish) time, no blog.
I’ve always said this is a record for myself more than anything and being out here sure has muddled up my days a bit, particularly with having 3 different cameras on the go and my phone all to keep records of my fabulous time out here – so strange that I’ve been here a week already. It’s only a family holiday but everyone thinks it’s a bit odd that we’re away for Christmas – in my opinion winter sun is the best idea ever, especially considering how miserable the UK has been, erm, all year.

I don’t even care that Florida isn’t ‘real America’, the glimpses of patriotism through the park parades and shows do a lot to demonstrate otherwise, and I’m sure that I’m exceeding my daily calorie allowance ten fold just by sitting here so that’s authentic enough. There’s a pool and there’s a bit of sun but it has been a bit cold. Still, there’s magic in the air and oddballs a plenty, I’m having a great time.

It has been a bit strange not seeing Moon everyday and I’m looking forward to seeing him when I get back but you know what they say about absence etc, it’s probably the most time we’ve spent apart since we moved to Newbury, with the most before this being about 2 nights.

I figured I’d share this in bits, but with Christmas being the most recent ‘big’ event I thought that would be the best place to start. We spent Christmas Eve in Magic Kingdom, it was rammed, we managed to get on a couple of rides but decided to head back to the villa and return in the evening for the parade and fireworks. The fireworks were a great way to see in Christmas, and they do amazing projections onto the castle now that are super clever. You’ll have to excuse the photo-heavy post, as always I am rubbish at editing down, I suppose it’s a sign of what’s to come.

Isn’t the popcorn detail on Magic Kingdom’s Christmas tree super cute? ♥

The long lens for my DSLR has come in super useful for getting nice shots of the shows and parades through the crowds so far, I’m so glad I brought it.

The tacky gift shops up and down the main highway are one of my favourite things about visiting Florida. I’ve got my beady eye on a particularly hideous tie-dye Florida tee as a souvenir.

Should have used something to show scale, this thing was a beast!

We were treated to a Santa hat and a Christmas tree among other things, so clever!

Christmas was a big hush-hush surprise but began, as per tradition, with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, a great way to feel at home when not at home. After secret Santas and opening gifts, I’m drowning in bathing products as usual, we headed to the ‘secret location’ of Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, an amazing Asian fusion restaurant in one of Universal Studio’s hotels. I actually can’t find the words to recommend it enough, it’s some of the nicest food I’ve ever eaten, ridiculously good and as someone who’s not a big fan of turkey, a great break from other Christmas traditions.

My first ever egg nog, I’d love it to have tasted like Baileys but it’s more like watery cake mixture.

I got Lucy, my Gran and I tickets to see Cirque Du Soleil while we’re out here, it was a total surprise, I’m super excited to go as I’ve always wanted to but never been before.

My sister kindly got me Rob Ryan’s 2013 calendar, to go with two other calendars waiting at home, this will be taking pride of place.

Hawaiian Gingerbread House.

Fancy prawn crackers.

The tastiest oriental starter I’ve ever had, the egg roll, omg.

Every holiday I go on seems to be a lot more active than everyday life, and I thought I was meant to be relaxing! Truthfully, I am relaxed but heading out for park opening is tiring, so Christmas night meant a swim, maxin’ relaxing and watching 100 Greatest Kids Stars on VH1, awesome.

Chinese 5-Spice Lamb Shank with Green Apple and Parsnip Cobbler.

Emeril’s Special Banana Cream Pie.

A very noisy holiday squirrel.
Boxing Day has been intense I started writing this before we head back to MGM (Hollywood Studios) for lots of shows and a go on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. We had the biggest downpour this afternoon but hopefully it will be sun for the second part of our holiday. I hope you’re enjoying the festive season and that you got lots of great gifts and tasty food. Happy Holidays!

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