This Christmas, with #NIVEAGifting

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For most of us couples who live together, there’s always a question hovering over the festive season: Where are we going to spend Christmas this year?

This year, we’re spending it with Lewis’s family, and for the first time ever, we’re opting for Secret Santa over buying gifts for everyone - a gift in itself, with a wedding to save for! It’s been four years since we’ve had Christmas at Lewis’s dad’s house, after a few years of hosting ourselves, being with my family and spending it just the two of us, so it will be lovely to get together in a big group and have a cosy family Christmas this year.

Christmas with this side of my family is always fun, and there’s always some legendary anecdotes that come out of it. Gift-giving is usually pretty chaotic and there’s often some hilarious presents among the mix, but this year things will be a little stripped-back, with only one gift each (although Lewis and I have still bought for each other). I’m really pleased with who I got in the Secret Santa draw, and I think they’ll really like the gift I’ve chosen for them - fingers crossed anyway! It’s the first time we’ve done this kind of gifting so who knows how it will all unravel, but I know we’ll have a great time.

To help celebrate Christmas, the team at NIVEA kindly sent me a little gift of my own, and it will certainly be travelling north with me for the festive season. The Daily Care gift pack has all of those essentials that you need when staying away from home but want to maintain a proper skincare regime, particularly in winter. There’s a full-size bottle of MicellAir Micellar Water, a tube of Rich Moisturising Day Cream, and a classic NIVEA lip balm too - the perfect foundation for happy, nourished skin during the busy festive period.

This Christmas feels like a very sentimental one; it’s our last before we get married, the last one with different names on the cards that pop through the door, the last one before this next exciting chapter of our lives begins. I love the idea of celebrating with this side of my family and although it will likely be busy, crazy, chaotic and probably not that chilled - it will be brilliant. We’ll laugh til we cry, watch Christmassy films and create memories that we’ll talk about for decades to come - that’s what Christmas is all about!