Happy Christmas Belfast!

A wee happy list, enjoying all of the little things that have been making the past month so joyful.


Belfast City Hall

  1. The Belfast Christmas market becoming a staple stop after my day
    working at the Vine.


    Enjoying a Welsh “Belly Buster” inside Belfast’s Christmas market!

    The prices are pretty high so I often leave empty-handed, but I love walking around, watching tourists giggle while taking pictures in front of City Hall,
    and locals having great craic in line for the beer tent. The sounds, smells and sights give the ultimate Christmas spirit feeling! (Also getting to take the youth from Garnerville, and going with JoBo, Adam & Lauren).


  2. Wearing those paper crowns you see in British movies at Christmas dinners (and eating my first proper one with the lunch club at work!)
  3. The Paris climate change agreement. And #PrayForParis #PrayForPeace #PrayForTheWorld


    Belfast City Hall on the day after the Paris terrorist attacks

  4. Mulled wine and mince pies (still deciding how I feel about the mince pies. . .).
  5. Carol and nativity services at Garnerville and The Vine (and getting to learn how to play the bass guitar in the process!)
  6. “A Head Full of Dreams” album, Coldplay. And unbelieveably excited after 12 years of fandom to finally see them live with my mum in June!Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
  7. Spending the afternoon at the Dock Café nestled in the Titanic Quarter, with amazing coffee, a comfy atmosphere, Christmas carolers, chilly winter air and seeing the first snow on the hills behind Samson & Goliath (the big yellow Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes).Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset
  8. Cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies
    on tv after an exhausting day. That kind of movie when you don’t feel like thinking too much and you can just enjoy the happy ending.
  9. “The Best of The Pogues”
  10. “Traveling Mercies” by Anne Lamott
  11. Cards in the mail from Grandma Leslie.
  12. Smelling peat fires burning on a rainy walk.
  13. The Advent carol service at Newtownbreda Pres.

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    Newtownbreda Carol Service

  14. Christmas jumper party with my Garnerville house group, and Susie’s amazing baked Alaska!
  15. Baking my mum’s & my favorite Christmas cookie for friends and to eat with tea and coffee after church: ginger snaps!IMG_5173
  16. My favorite place in the world: wherever live music is to be had. There is no other feeling quite like it.
  17. Getting to be a part of Alex’s wedding, even thousands of miles away!


  18. Meeting Santa, face painting and watching Elf with the youth at Garnerville’s FoG Christmas party!

Cheers, Belfast! Thank you for these memories, friendships and new traditions. Thank you for being my home away from home.




2 thoughts on “Happy Christmas Belfast!

  1. Merry Christmas, Hillary!

    You should like you are having a blast in Belfast. So many new experiences to savor. David and I will be leaving for Scotland January 31st. So much to do before then!

    May your New Year be filled be filled with God’s blessings!


    Beverly Cushman >


  2. Hillary, I hope you were able to watch the lifestream of Alex and Josh’s wedding. It was beautiful. Enjoy making memories in that new place and thanks for sharing of yourself. Merry Christmas!!


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