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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you’re all having a delightfully festive day, that Santa has brought you everything you wanted and everything you didn’t know you wanted, and that you’re enjoying spending time with the important people in your life. As it’s Christmas Day, I thought I’d share a few bits from our Christmassy celebrations, and by ours, I mean Christmas at my Mum and Dad’s.

Christmas Tree(s)

In our house, a dilemma as old as time has been debated. Do you have a fake tree? Do you get a real one? The answer? Get both! So every year my Dad goes as early as possible to the garden centre and buys the biggest real tree that will fit in the tree shaped gap in the front living room, and my Mum puts her artificial one in the bay window in the dining room. She has recently got a new one, but the old one was too nice to throw away and since they have had a conservatory/living room conversion the old tree now sits proudly in there. That’s 3 trees. They’re awesome and pretty and well decorated, but that is not all folks. Outside there is a fourth tree, that has lights and red baubles and sits proudly in the front garden!

Christmas Table

My Mum and Dad love Christmas. Who am I kidding, we all do in our family, so each year we end up acquiring new Christmassy items for the house. These range from salt and pepper shakers to napkin holders to glasses to paintings, I mean literally everything. The Christmas table cloth goes down and we decorate the table with all manor of festive delights. It’s great!

Christmas Dinner

This is a touchy subject. What belongs on a Christmas dinner? Turkey or ham? Sprouts or no sprouts? Mash or Yorkshire puddings? We’re very much a turkey and roast potatoes family, no Yorkshires, lots of veg, and the world’s greatest stuffing (bacon, mushroom and onion = glorious). No matter which way you have it, whether you’re a sprout lover or hater, a meat eater or vegan, I love a good Christmas dinner picture. (And Yes, that is sweetcorn on my Christmas dinner because that’s how I roll).

Christmas Extras

My Dad loves a weird Christmas decoration, and last year he outdid himself. I had completely forgotten that he had bought giant Santa hats…for the chairs that we sit on at the table. Yes, the probably lower the tone of the Christmas table, but who cares, they’re pretty awesome. He then slide away during Christmas dinner preparations and suddenly…boom…the TOILET HAS BEEN SANTA-ED. I mean that’s when you know there is serious Christmas decoration dedication!

Do you have any Christmas traditions or decorations that are awesome/funny/unique?

What do you have on your Christmas dinner?

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Festive Favourites

A Very Merry Christmas. I hope Santa has been kind to you, and that your day has been full of festive fun, family, and happiness.

As it’s Christmas, and no-one wants a heavy post, I thought I’d put together a festive favourite post, full of all the little things I like about Christmas, from movies to songs, traditions to food.

Movies

Not all of the movies that are in this list are strictly Christmas films, but they are movies that I enjoy watching over the Christmas period:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I love Harry Potter, and the castle in the snow combined with the heartwarming scenes of Harry and Ron opening Christmas presents in the common room make this a Christmas must!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

There is a whole section of this film set on Christmas Eve, in the snow, at Godric’s Hollow. It’s so pretty and lovely.

Die Hard

The best Christmas movie. Simple.

The Christmas Prince

I watched this a week or so ago, and it is glorious in the best way. I then made my friend watch it less than a week later.

 

Food

Let’s be honest with each other, one of the best things about Christmas is the food. It’s just awesome.

Pigs in Blankets

I love bacon, and I like sausages, so this is just a heavenly package on a plate

Bacon and Mushroom Stuffing

The family stuffing recipe made predominantly from bacon, mushrooms and onions, is the best stuffing recipe in the world.

Leftover Christmas Lunch Sandwiches

The above stuffing on fresh bread with turkey. Yum Yum.

Advent Calendars

Nothing quite prepares you for Christmas than eating a chocolate hidden behind a small numbered door. I usually have a Dairy Milk one, but this year, I have a No.7 Make Up one and a Malteasers one with a pun behind each door too.

Songs

We all love it when Christmas songs play on the radio, and when a festive playlist accompanies the wrapping of presents. Here are some of my favourites:

Merry Christmas Everyone | Shakin’ Stevens

Fairytale of New York | Kirstie McColl and The Pogues

I Believe in Father Christmas | Greg Lake

Christmas Wrapping | The Waitresses

TV Episodes

I am a serial TV watcher, and love a great TV episode. There are some that I have watched over and over again, and there are some that aren’t as good, but here is a couple of the best:

The Best Chrismukkah Ever | The O.C (S1 E13)

The O.C. is possibly my favourite TV show ever, and this is just the greatest holiday that Seth Cohen (and I actually think just Adam Brody) gets excited about. The moment Ryan hangs his stocking on the mantle piece is so cute!

Forgiveness and Stuff | Gilmore Girls (S1 E10)

I think this is the first time I really really invested my time in Gilmore Girls and just loved it.

The One With The Holiday Armadillo | Friends (S7 E10)

I mean, a Friends Classic. Who doesn’t love a Holiday Armadillo and Santa with a belly like a bowl full of jelly.

Queen of Sheba | The Royale Family (2006 Christmas Special)

This was clever, emotional, and funny, such a underrated Christmas special.

Traditions

We all have little traditions that our families observe that we enjoy. To be honest, our family don’t have that many that still go on now as we’re adults, but there are still a couple that I enjoy.

Two Christmas Trees

Dad has a real tree in the front room. Mum has an artificial tree in the dining room. It’s just how we roll.

Christmas Sack

I have a Christmas sack, in which i still like to receive my presents even though I am 26, and every year hope that it will be full. It pretty much was this year.

Making the stuffing

Making the stuffing is a Christmas Eve tradition. And not just making a little bit, enough to go in the turkey and for at least one loaf tin’s worth too! We like stuffing, what can I say!


We’ve had an enjoyable day so far, and hope to have an enjoyable evening.