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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London

Hello Christmas.

Over Thanksgiving there were a few discussions about things I hate, and how fervently I hate them. Fruit in or accompanying savoury food. Playing games in cars. Marzipan. Artificial banana flavour. Green vegetables touching tomato sauce. Inconsiderate movie goers (shout-out to the guy who kept smashing my knees with his chair while watching Spectre. I bet you man-spread on the subway too). Riding the 4, 5, and 6 train in NY. Bathroom breaks on long car journeys. Old people talking about their health problems. Being away from my life-partner.

And then Thanksgiving was over and it was time for a new holiday. And suddenly I remembered everything I love. Playing card games with my family into the wee hours of the night. Everything pine; the colour, the smell. Long car journeys with great conversation. Gravy over everything. Leftovers. The way Manhattan lights up in December. Hot chocolate, mulled wine and hot cider. The dwindling number of days until my reunion with my partner, wo will be spending this holiday season with me, sharing our family traditions for the first time. The laying down seats in movie theatres.

Christmas reminds me of everything good in the world, like hugging someone you love for the first time in months. Or eating a waffle with Nutella and bananas in the freezing cold in London at the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market in London.

Christmas, je t’aime.

Thanks,
Diana

P.S. The photos below are from the “Winter Wonderland” Christmas Market in Hyde Park, London from January 2014. And if you’re like me and will be listening to holiday tunes for the next month, keep reading for one fab little holiday playlist below.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Photography and words by Diana Eastman
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