I don't recall loving Christmas as much when I lived in France. As I said in my post about the things I love about Dublin, it's the Irish who made me love the festive season.
This year it seems that it started even earlier though. There were lots more Christmas markets and celebrations in general in Dublin city. I drank quite a fair bit of mulled wine, wore Christmas jumpers more often than usual and listened to A Very She and Him Christmas album about a million times (I'm not exaggerating).
I had my camera with me most of the time and took a few pictures of my favourite places at Christmas time, I especially adore the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. I ran a few Christmas food tours too which was fun. I even pimped my baguette for the occasion (see picture below of me waiting for my group).
On Christmas Eve we went down to co. Wicklow to stay with Mr. FFID's family. We all got very spoilt by Santa on Christmas morning and I spent the day cooking an entire Ottolenghi Christmas dinner with the help of Mr. FFID. I had to cook for a vegetarian, a coeliac and someone who is allergic to fish but managed to satisfy everyone. I highly recommend Ottolenghi's roasted goose with cranberries, quince and maple gravy, his pan-fried Brussels sprouts and the dark chocolate mousse with Baileys and mascarpone cream. They made such a great alternative Christmas dinner, packed full of flavours!
I'm a bit sad it's already over but sure, c'est la vie. I leave you with a selection of pictures of my Christmas 2014. Hope you have a wonderful New Year celebration tomorrow!