So, yesterday was a bit of an introductory session. Today we’re really getting into it. Sending cinnamon-scented Christmassy vibes your way; it’s time for hashtag-Blogmas hashtag-day hashtag-two…
I’m a huge fan of the build-up to Christmas. Like, the day itself is great; don’t get me wrong. The build-up, however; all the songs, food, films, fairs, markets, food, gifts, cards, food, scents, shopping, food…
Also, the food.
With that in mind, I want to make a list of all my Christmas faves. In need of some tinsperation (tinsel…inspiration…doesn’t really work, does it?)? Feel free to use this blog as a Han-tinted goggles guide to your own perfect Christmas!
Yankee Candles are a winner every. Single. Time. With me. I’m definitely a candles person; I practice mindfulness and transcendental meditation twice a day, so making my bedroom my calm place is essential for me. My Christmas picks are Christmas Memories, Cranberry Ice and a traditional Vanilla. However, especially for you, dear reader; I’ll share with you a discovery I made earlier this year…
Card Factory candles smell just as good at a tenth of the price! Yankee can be a bit pricey. I know. Especially when gift-buying on a budget, but, lo – there is hope! The Card Factory Mocktails range sells sweet smelling scents for just £2.99 a throw. They’re a bit bigger than a standard Yankee medium candle and they smell sooooooo goooooood. My personal faves are Coco Snowball and Strawberry Prosecco
I mean, when can you ever go wrong with Lush? Seriously, when? If you don’t receive at least one bath bomb throughout the whole of December, you need to turn the calendar back and start that motherloving month again. Bathbombs, masks, lip-scrub stocking fillers (more on that later this week…), the full monty. My Christmas picks have got to be the Don’t Look at Me Fresh Face Mask and the Mint Julips Lip Scrub.
Land of Soap and Glory, mother of the(cosmetics world)e. I love Soap and Glory. Just everything about them – the range of products, the quality of the products, the punniness of the products (I mean, You’ve Lost that Scrubbing Feeling by the Righteous Butter? Did anyone else catch that?). They just make ideal gifts. One of my 20th birthday presents was actually the Soap and Glory Birthday Giftset which I adore. My Christmas picks from these guys would definitely be The Daily Vitamin C Wash, the Clean on Me Shower Gel and the Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush
December isn’t December without Christmas music, and my Christmas playlist is unashamedly filled with cheesy classics. I’ll be releasing my full festive playlist later on this week, but here’s a cheeky taster. Definitely check these out if you haven’t heard them!
8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
Mary’s Boy Child/O, My Lord – Boney M
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
I have to say, I’m not the most avid watcher of Christmas films. I think that means the ones I do genuinely like must be exceedingly exceptional? Or, am I just picky and these ones remind me the most of my childhood? Who knows…?
A Christmas Carol – The Alistair Sim version (1951), or The Jim Carrey version (2009). Side note: watch out for Marley’s ghost in both. Scarred for life, tbh.
Love, Actually (2003) (WARNING: fit older men overload. Oh, hi, Hugh Grant…)
Okay, so we have a lot more ground to cover. Look out for part 2 in the coming weeks, I’ll be talking about Christmas telly and decor. And food. Obviously.