Category Archives: Christmas

Letter to Christmas ’15

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This year the lead up to Christmas has been a very different one. My life is different than it ever has been, since I have practically moved out from my parents and set off to university. Therefore, some of my usual traditions have been somewhat compromised or differed.

This has it’s positives though. For the first time Christmas has crept up on me as I haven’t been longing for it. I haven’t been waiting for a holiday or for a period where I can forget my stresses and be happy since I’ve been having fun in my course, with new and old friends. Even with essays to do, I’m enjoying my university experience and I think that’s important. For once, Christmas seems like the cherry on top of this amazing end of my year. Christmas is an extra present at the end of it all.

Of course, Christmas this year has meant so much more too. I get to spend time with my family which when living in a different city is much harder than it used to be.

Anyway, hello Christmas, you’ll be with us in little more than a few hours. I wish everyone a splendid day tomorrow!

Happy Holidays!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://gunnercooke.com/gunnercooke-christmas-reading-list-2014/

YouTube: Ingrid’s #DIYDecember

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DIY-DecemberI have recommended Ingrid Nilsen, MissGlamorazzi, on a few occasions previously. This time I’m recommending her because she is doing a DIY December series on her main channel. In these videos she does some Christmassy crafting and some Christmassy cooking every other day up in December until the 25th.

So far Ingrid has made a wreath with fairy lights, hot chocolate, a garland with rosemary and cocktails… and there’s still much more to come!

Check out her first few #DIYDecember videos below:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.leraeevents.com/theleraelife/2013/12/22/diy-december-tamaras-stamped-ornaments

PS. Until January, I’ll be taking a break from posting, so I wish you all a very merry Christmas (or Holiday) and a very lovely New Years!

YouTube: Vlogmas Vloggers

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Today I’m recommending my top 5 YouTubers who are taking part in Vlogmas this Christmas Season. If you’re unfamiliar Vlogmas is a Vlogging Everyday tradition starting on December 1st and ending on December 24th, Christmas Eve. I will leave you with day one of each YouTuber’s Vlogmas to give you a taste of their content.

Number 1 – Catrific

Number 2 – TalkBeckyTalk

Number 3 – Jenna Ezarik

Number 4 – Chyaz Vlogs

Number 5 – Tanya Burr (and Jim Chapman)

Tanya’s husband Jim, while not doing Vlogmas this year, vlogs every weekday anyway so it is worth adding him in here too. Click on his name to check out his vlogging channel!

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Christmas: Gift Guides by Dani and Ruth

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To continue this year’s Christmas theme, that of me showing you gift guides by some of my favourite YouTubers, here are some videos by Dani Austin and Ruth Crilly

Enjoy!

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Christmas: Fleur’s Gift Guides and Videos

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Fleur DeForce on YouTube is becoming a regular recommendation on my channel. This time is because of her wonderful Christmas videos, mainly gift guides, which I love to see every year. Since I’m not able to make my own gift guides on my blog this year, which were largely influenced by Fleur’s videos last year anyway, I thought I’d leave you with her wonderful (and recent) videos.

Enjoy!

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Christmas: TalkBeckyTalk’s Gift Guides

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Last year I did gift guide posts as we got closer to Christmas, this year, I have to admit, I don’t have time. But… I didn’t want to just neglect the idea altogether so today I leave you with TalkBeckyTalk’s recent videos (plus a lush haul video she put up) and on Monday, I’ll share with you some of Fleur DeForce’s Christmas videos.

Enjoy!

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A Letter To Christmas

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Dear Christmas,

It is almost that time when we greet each other again. People believe that you are Santa, Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, whichever name the man in a red suit goes by but I don’t cool-fireplacesbelieve that he is you, rather, I believe he is only a part of the wonder that is Christmas.

Christmas, you can be seen in each and every person who smiles this time of year, whose face lights up with joy at the sight of fairy lights, or with the smell of pine needles. Every person who chooses to embrace this season for its simplest things shows the true meaning of Christmas.

Dear Christmas, I see you as a time for forgetting what might stress me, for forgetting those responsibilities that get me down. Christmas, you allow me to be happy just because I can be, just because the calendar reads December. Christmas, you give me cheer in many forms this time of year; through music, film, food, through a way of living. Christmas, you give a burst of positivity after yet another tiring year, you remind me to reflect and be thankful for all the good that I have seen and felt. Christmas, you remind me to show the ones I love that I love them and that is why you are so important.

Thank you for always picking me up at the end of every year, thank you for giving people a reason to be happy. Thank you for giving me a reason to be happy.

Merry Christmas.

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Ps. Hello! I wrote this in a very short period of time. I just tried to get my thoughts down and I know this isn’t written particularly well but I felt like I needed to post something a little more personal, a little bit more appropriate for Christmas time. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays – have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Disclaimer – I do not own the photo in this post it is from: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=droidconsulting.livewallpaper19
Inspiration for this post came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAy1UkOt9nY

Film and TV: Top 5 Christmas Films

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With each Christmas comes the same classic Christmas films. Unfortunately I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and I haven’t watched many more than the ones listed below, despite this I am 100% recommending these and urge you, 13475439681if you yourself aren’t well-versed in Festive Films, to watch them all.

Home alone (1990) – A film about a kid who gets forgotten by his family when they go on their Christmas Vacation. Being left was not the worse that could’ve happened to Kevin since he got to watch whatever TV he liked, eat whatever he wanted and he had an entire large house to himself to run around in. It’s the most fun he’s ever had, that is until a couple of burglars decide they’re going to rob his house on Christmas Eve, while the rest of the family is still away. 11174490_800

Scrooged (1988) – A fairly overlooked film, Scrooged is a wonderfully beautiful modern re-imagining of the wider known A Christmas Carol/Scrooge. Bill Murray’s character Frank treats people terribly, he’s not very postive, kind or loving. He expects his PA to work over Christmas and doesn’t pick a particularly nice Christmas gift for his brother. It takes a visit from The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Future for Frank to realise what he’s been doing wrong. It truly is a spectacular Compositefilm and it’s probably my favourite Christmas film.

The Holiday (2006) – A typical holiday Rom-com, yes. I remember finding this film while I was flicking through my TV channels one night and I instantly fell in love. I think this film is great and has great actors in it. The plot follows two women who are struggling in their romantic and work lives. They each feel the need for a change over Christmas and on a house-sharing website they swap houses over the holidays. Each find wonderful new people in their new surroundings and some of the characters even find true love. White_Chrismas_film

White Christmas (1954) – As I said, I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and so I have to admit White Christmas is the only older Christmas film I have watched. I have only watched this film twice and so I’m going to quote the IMDB description for it; ‘Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-nlO5GZTBlpv88TRf1IhtvRjgTsPand-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.’

The Santa Clause (1994) – This is one Christmas film I really want to watch again since I haven’t seen it in years, as a result I don’t remember the plot so well and so I will quote IMDB so that you gain a true understanding of it’s narrative; ‘Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad’s new job, though Scott’s convinced it’s a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food… Now he’s accepted it, there’s just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family?’

Have a wonderful Christmas time!

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Ps. The Nightmare Before Christmas is technically one of my favourite Christmas films too but I tend to keep it in my Halloween Tradition as opposed to my Christmas Tradition.

Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Alone, http://jadoremusic89.wordpress.com/, http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scrooged/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White_Chrismas_film.JPG and http://pixgood.com/the-santa-clause-2-poster.html.

Christmas: Cracker Jokes

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Christmas isn’t complete without those silly jokes that we find in crackers. All of the jokes I’m showing you in this post are from my advent calendar; I get a joke on the back of every door from my Maltesers Merryteaser Advent Calendar.

What do you get if you cross a snowman and a shark? Frost bite. Lidoff_540x540

Why did the golfer wear an extra pair of trousers? In case he got a hole in one!

How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle!

What do snowmen eat for lunch? Icebergers!

What does Father Christmas suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Santa Claustrophobia!

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinsilitis!

What happens when you drop a snowball in a glass of water? It gets wet!

What did baby corn say to mummy corn? Where’s popcorn!

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy!

How do witches tell the time? With a witch-watch!

Who delivers cat’s Christmas presents? Santa Paws!

Why did the tightrope walker visit his bank? To check his balance!

What has 22 legs and 2 wings but can’t fly? A football team!

What do you call just married spiders? Newly-webs!

What kind of paper likes music? Rapping paper!

What song did Cinderella sing as she waited four months for her photos to come back from the chemist? ‘Some day my prints will come!’

What sort of sentence would you get if you broke the law of gravity? A suspended one!

What is Santa’s favourite pizza? One that’s deep pan, crisp and even!

What’s white and goes up? A confused snowflake!

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Disclaimer: I do not own, nor did I come up with the jokes in this post, they are from Maltesers’ Merryteaser Advent Calendar. I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.joepelissier.co.uk/internet/christmascracker2011/and http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=258048715

Christmas: Top 5 Christmas Songs

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With only 10 days until Christmas, I think its right to recommend my favourite Christmas songs. Of course, most, if not all, are very well known and have been playing on the radio for that past two weeks but I couldn’t not post about Christmas music since it’s a huge part of my Christmas festivities. Here are my top 5 songs and their videos (which believe you me were very difficult to pick):

Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard

Last Christmas – Wham

All I want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

Do they know it’s Christmas? – Band Aid

I Believe – Robson and Jerome

Merry Christmas!

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