Photo Journal: London, England

Photo Journal: London, England

Hi, friends! I hope you all got the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends. This year, for Christmas, I was lucky enough to go to London and Ireland.  It’s been incredibly nice, and I’m still here for the rest of the week! The photos I’ve compiled below are all from the London portion of my trip.  We stayed on Park Lane, but we visited a lot of different places all over the Greater London area.  While I have spent Christmas abroad before, it’s always a neat experience to see how different cities and countries prepare and celebrate the holidays.

Because we were abroad for Christmas, and have been previously as well, I have realized a few things about this special holiday that I wanted to share. I’ve realized that in order to be present and fully enjoy the true meaning of Christmas, we have to let go of our preconceived, commercial, notions of Christmas. Forget the matching pajamas, perfect pictures, and hordes of presents.  Strip all of that away, and you are left with a pure day celebrating love, joy, family, and gratefulness.  I so much prefer the simple act of giving one gift to a family member (secret Santa style is the way my family does it) to show you were thinking about them then tearing through gifts in a way that celebrates materialism.  Christmas shouldn’t be a competition of who can post the cutest Instagram or who has the most presents. It should be based all on love. Christmas is a day for love.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not so naive that I don’t understand that decorating for the holidays, going to Christmas parties, and posting pictures of the holiday is ‘wrong’. I simply mean that this is a time to reflect on the reason for the season, and not let materialism and commercialism get in the way of that. Sorry for the rant 🙂 , and with that said, I wish you all a happy, healthy St. Steven’s Day.

 

 

Merry Christmas to you all, and expect more pictures soon!

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4 Comments

  1. Joanne Weber December 26, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Hi Isabella..Thank you, thank you for the wonderful London pics, it brings back so many memories of my family stay in London a long time ago during 1964-1967…. in fact…. your second cousin Bill Pevehouse was born in London. His three children who were born here each hold a British Passport just like their dad. While living in London we of course enjoyed the wonderful Christmas Season, these memories still linger in my mind during these winter holidays. Hope you and your family had a pleasant trip to both London and the green country of Ireland.

    • thefancylizard December 28, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      I think I did know that! Still very cool! Thank you for reading, and I’m excited to post the Ireland photos too. 🙂

      • Joanne Weber January 1, 2018 / 1:11 am

        Thanks for the beautiful and blustery pictures of west Ireland….

        • thefancylizard January 4, 2018 / 11:36 pm

          Absolutely! Ireland was truly spectacular.

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