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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.

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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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Quote: Christmas

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‘Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.’ –Calvin Coolidge

‘Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.’ -Dale Evans

‘It’s true; Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look quoteback on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.’ –Caroline Kennedy

‘Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.’ –Dr.Seuss

‘The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.’ –Charles Dudley

‘Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.’ –Lucinda Franks

‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.’ – Charles Dickens

‘The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.’ –Alice Cooper

‘I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.’ –Ashley Tisdale

‘Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.’ – Dave Barry

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above picture, it is from: http://www.invyn.com/love-christmas-quotes/  The quotes were found on: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_christmas.html

Christmas: My Christmas Traditions

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Hello! It is the 8th of December and nearing the time when we start repeating all of our favourite Christmas traditions. In this blog I’m going to talk about a few of my Christmas traditions in an attempt to inspire you if you’ve not yet gotten Christmassy…

Leading up to Christmas:

Before December even starts, my first Christmas tradition is to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting in my village. I always go with my best friend and we take part in a fire lit procession from our Church to where the tree is stationed, we sing some carols and then the lights are turned on. After this we visit the nearby park where the most incredible firework display is held every year. This Lighting Event is held on a Saturday and so we always try to get the Christmas decorations up around our own house the same weekend.christmas-tree

In the first week of December, I have usually finished my Christmas shopping which means I finally get to wrap up the presents I have bought my friends and family. I leave it until this time just in case I buy anything else or forget what I’ve decided to give people.

I also write all of my Christmas cards, and I’m usually ready to give them out in the second week of December. I never know when to actually give out my Christmas cards – is it still too early in the second week? Every year I take the time to write a personal message in my cards to those that especially mean a lot to me – this usually means a good load of soppiness and a bunch of inside jokes.

Lastly, on the 1st of December until the 25th I open my advent calendar. This year I have a MerryTeaser calendar.

Christmas Eve:

Not necessarily always on Christmas Eve, but always a few days before Christmas, my Dad and I go in the car and drive around our village and any neighbouring places to look at any Christmas lights that people have decorated the outside of their house with. I always make sure that this tradition is kept because it’s something very personal to our family and not something that everyone else does.

Christmas Eve is usually a very chilled and quiet day for our family. The day is pretty much just spent being excited, waiting for the following day. The one tradition I try to stick to on this day is to fall asleep before midnight because even though I no longer believe in the magic of Santa Claus I still feel like the magic of Christmas is lost a little if I stay up until two in the morning.

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In my house we don’t rush to open the presents. I’m an only child so I’m the youngest in the household and I don’t have to fight with any siblings. I typically try to drag the day out a little and therefore I will wake up at a normal time, say 9am or 10am, as opposed to 3am or 4am. At this time I’ll go on my laptop, wish everyone a Merry Christmas and then grab my phone and text my closest friends and family a little Christmas message too. I’ll then go downstairs to ensure my parents are up and then I have breakfast and wait until they’re ready. During this time I’ll play with my cats and dogs, who although don’t understand what is happening, get equally excited.

After all of this, I finally start to move the presents from under the tree and begin to pass them to the people they belong to and open my own presents. Once presents are finished, I properly open any packaging on my gifts and start to really examine/use what people have bought me. Then we have our Christmas Dinner. This consists of turkey and vegetables, except I don’t have the turkey because I’m a vegetarian.

The rest of my Christmas is spent watching TV (programmes such as Doctor Who, Miranda and Strictly Come Dancing – all Christmas specials), using my gifts whatever they may be and eating tonnes and tonnes of chocolate.

Boxing Day:

In the UK, we celebrate Boxing Day on the 26th of December. My family always goes to my Grandma’s house on this day to celebrate her birthday. My parents, my cousins and my aunt and uncle attend along with myself. We eat food, give Grandma her gifts and generally converse.

And that’s pretty much all of my traditions during the festive season. I hope this didn’t bore you too much. Merry Christmas!

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Disclaimer – The images in this post do not belong to me, they are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas and http://www.madenimitliv.dk/2012/12/rigtig-glaedelig-jul-2.html

Christmas: YouTubers Doing Vlogmas

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It’s Christmas time, there’s no denying that and typically in the run up to the big day, many YouTubers take part in an event called Vlogmas. This means that they take the pledge to vlog daily until the 25th of December. I love watching these videos because it increases my own excitement and allows me to see Christmas in different places such as New York, London and Los Angeles. In this blog post, I want to recommend ten channels, with their first vlogmas video to get you equally excited for the special day.

1. Fleur DeForce – On Fleur’s vlogging channel ‘FleurDeVlog’ – Welcome to Vlogmas

2. Giovanna Fletcher – On Gi’s only channel ‘GiovannasWorld’ – We’re Sick!

3. Tom Fletcher – Giovanna’s Husband and member of McFly/McBusted – Get Over It

4. Jenna Ezarik – On Jenna’s main channel ‘ItsmeJennae’ – Not Crying

5. Ingrid Nilsen – On Ingrid’s vlogging channel ‘TheGridMonster’ – Vlogmas 2014 is here

6. Justine Ezarik – On her main channel ‘iJustine’ – I woke up like dis

7. Jim Chapman – On Jim’s vlogging channel ‘EveryDayJim’ -Vlogmas Day 1 – The BFAs

8. Tanya Burr – Jim’s fiance – Insane Handbags and British Fashion Awards!

9. In addition to Ingrid Nilsen’s vlogging videos, she is doing a series of festive videos on her main channel – MissGlamorazzi – DIY Cute and Easy Holiday Decor Ideas!

10. Meghan Camarena – On her main channel ‘Strawburry17’, she is doing a series of videos on her main channel – The Naughty List

Enjoy!

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Christmas: Gift Guide (Male|Stocking Fillers)

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 For today’s gift guide I want to show you some potential stocking fillers for under £10. This one is going to lean more towards male appropriate gifts but that isn’t to say that you can’t buy a female some of these2 things. To be honest, I pretty much love everything in this blog post for myself and I’m a girl. If you want to see my l1ast three gift guides, from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, just scroll down on the home page. To find the items I’m recommending, click the orange links that will be displayed on certain words.

Wilko’s have a really great Christmas range this year and so I’m going to be recommending quite a few products from them. Let’s start with the Urban Boom Box Speaker for £10. It works with any smartphone and is shaped like an 80’s boom box, hence the name. In the same ‘Urban’ range is this USB Light for £5 which comes in the shape of a stage light.

For the DIY king, you may 3want to get your male relative or friend the Mr Multi-4 Tool (‘compiled of 1x pliers, wire cutter, serrated blade, handy knife, flat head & cross head screwdriver with LED torch’) for only £3. From the same ‘Classic Gentlemen’ range you could also buy a Mini Pool Table for £5.

For the aspiring writers you may feel like a journal is the best 6stocking filler, I’ve found one, A6 in size, from Debenham’s for £8. Alternatively,  for when they fee5l stuck with writer’s block or just want a good rage you could give them Wreck this Jou7rnal (‘to create is to destroy’) for £6.29 from Waterstones.

For the more fashionable of men, you may want to buy them this edgy Urban Male Black Leather Necklace with Feather Skull Pendants for £6.74 from Tesco Direct.

Next, this item from IWOOT is quite simple but will provide hours of fun. It is Tetris Magnets – perfect for those of us who are easily entertained or for those who want to leave interesting images on their fridge door8s for their house mates. 9

Finally, my last stocking filler is the Lynx Attract Duo Pack since every gift guide needs an example of this years bath/fragrance stuff. The one I found is from Wilko’s for £3.65.

Hopefully, this has helped you if you want something fun and affordable to put into your friends and relatives’ stockings.

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Disclaimers:

1. Some of my inspiration came from Fleur’s gift guide:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbW1GFlZLzM

2. All images in this post came from the links already inserted – I do not own these pictures.

3. I am not sponsored by any of these companies nor have I been asked to comment on these products.