Last weekend I put our Christmas tree up and decorated the house. This will be our fourth Christmas in our house and every year I add to our Christmas collection. This year I’ve bought quite a few new ornaments for the tree. I’m also on the look-out for a nice festive centre piece for the dining room table.
I was in my element decorating the house. I had my Christmas music on (check out my Christmas Playlist) as I went and I even wrapped some presents and wrote out some Christmas cards. I was on a roll! I think’s it’s nice to have some wrapped Christmas presents under the tree, especially if you have an artificial tree like us and want to cover up the base of the tree. I’ve been on the lookout for a Christmas tree skirt but I’m having no luck. I may just ask my Mum to make me one as she’s a brilliant seamstress.
To finish our weekend off I made some good old fashioned bread and butter pudding using a yummy barmbrack loaf. I think I might make it again this weekend too. This would be a good recipe to follow.
No traditional star or angel on top of the tree for us. Phill insists on having this voodoo zombie head atop our Christmas tree.
The reindeer ornament is our most recent addition. I got three of them in Marks and Spencer.
At the end of Christmas I cut up Christmas cards so they can be tags for presents the following year.
Last night I was out at a family party. My cousin recently got married in Mexico and we had a big celebratory bash for the newlyweds. Rather than buy a new dress for the occasion I pulled my Oasis tartan dress out of a long hibernation! I remember getting this dress for the festive season and wearing it a few times. I was so happy that it still fitted me (although it was a little more snug than I remember it being).
I paired my tartan prom-style dress with my velvet biker jacket from Urban Outfitters and my velvet and ruffle Topshop bag. I picked up my black shoes in TK Maxx a few years ago (they are by Paris Hilton but please don’t judge me). I don’t really see the point in buying a brand new party dress when I’ve got quite a few lingering in my wardrobe from over the years. But I do understand how tempting it can be to buy a new outfit at this time of year!
The imaginative folks at National Trust NI are keen to celebrate Christmas traditions and have asked me to come up with my own festive playlist. I love Crimbo music so this was a no-brainer for me to do.
I try to squeeze in as much Christmas music as possible in the run-up to the festive season. On goes the Christmas album when I’m decorating the tree and wrapping the presents (this album I love). On Christmas morning I have to put on some Christmas music before we settle down to open our presents. Setting the scene is very important to me!
So what are my Christmas music preferences? I gravitate towards vintage classics, the songs that have survived the test of time. I first began to write this post last week and since then my song choices have undergone several edits. I want you to know I have taken this task VERY SERIOUSLY. So without further ado here are my top five Christmas tunes…
What makes these songs so wonderful for me is that they are all performed by musical legends with distinct voices and amazing charisma. They are all classic Christmas songs, from the fun and upbeat ‘Rockin’ Robin’ to Otis Redding’s fabulous soul version of White Christmas’. I have a few of the soundtracks mentioned above and I love playing them around Christmas time. I can vividly recall the scene in which each piece of music is played.
I think it’s pretty clear I’m a bit of an old soul when it comes to Christmas music. Are you? Or do you prefer more modern Christmas songs to play in the run-up to Christmas? I’d love to know!
I absolutely love Christmas shopping and I especially enjoying picking out things for my other half. I always have a ton of ideas as to what to buy him. My problem is deciding what to actually purchase. I’m one of those people that make lists on their phone of present-buying ideas and starts buying Christmas gifts in September. This is nothing next to my mother-in-law, however, who had all her presents bought AND WRAPPED by September.
I know not everyone is filled with the same gleeful joy that I possess over Christmas shopping. My mum, for example, finds Christmas shopping rather tedious which is why I generally pick out things for her to buy Phill and my older brother. Are you lacking in the inspiration front this year? Or have you got everything all wrapped up? Excuse the pun…
I’ve selected eight fun and practical gift ideas for men - all perfect stocking fillers as they are all under £20!
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