Hurry up, Christmas!

Hurry up, Christmas!

All of the Christmas things
Halloween and bonfire night are done with, which means we can now focus on my favourite celebration, Christmas – hoorah! I love the countdown to Christmas almost more than the day itself. There may still be a little way to go, but it’s definitely time to start choosing how you’re going to count down those final 24 days. Personally, I’m a fan of the advent candle, but recently I have started a new tradition to mark the passing days: #christmasalbumadvent, where I play an album from my Christmas vinyl album collection (yes, I collect Christmas albums – currently up to 36 ­– but more about that in a future post) each day from the 1st December. But where does the advent calendar tradition come from? It is believed that the…
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5 things I love about autumn

5 things I love about autumn

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"Don't you love New York in the fall? If makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address" You've Got Mail I may not be in New York (more’s the pity), but I do love autumn. I love the crisp, chill air, and the changing colours of the leaves — not to mention that the arrival of autumn means that Christmas is around the corner! Here are some of the things I love most about autumn: Autumn leaves: The array of colours as the leaves change and fall, and the satisfaction of hearing the dry leaves crunch under your feet. Candles and fairy lights in the house: I pretty much fill my house with candles…
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I wish it could be Christmas everyday

I wish it could be Christmas everyday

All of the Christmas things
I have a confession to make. I love Christmas! And, in the immortal words of Wizard, I wish it could be Christmas every day! Ok, maybe not actually be Christmas everyday – that would be exhausting! But I do love it and I’m constantly thinking, planning and doing Christmas-related things! Why do I love Christmas so much? There are just so many reasons to love Christmas! Obviously, there’s the magic and the excitement. Everyone gets at least a teeny bit excited, don’t they?? It requires lots of planning – a list-lover’s dream! There’s shopping lists to be made, gifts to be bought, cards to be sent, food to be prepared, and activities and outings to be planned and booked. Then there’s the crafting. There’s just so much you can make…
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Why September is my January

Why September is my January

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It’s probably a hangover from school days that, for me, September, rather than January, is the month when I want to make resolutions, start new projects and buy new stationery supplies! As I got my new pencil case and school bag ready for starting a new school year, it felt like a chance to start again and offered the possibility for a new and improved me. So, even now, September has a fresh-start feeling for me. It’s the month where I feel the need to get myself organised; to take stock of how the year has been going, then buy a new notepad and make my to-do lists (both at home and at work) for the next 12 months. To me it just makes more sense to do it now…
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