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    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. 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 Washthe 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


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    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…?

    Elf (2003)

    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.

    Hannah Van-de-Peer
    Hannah Van-de-Peer

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    1. December 2, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      As a candle enthusiast I always love new suggestions for candles! I love Yankee ones but they are definitely more in the pricey side, so I love to find cheaper alternatives, especially for small gifts for friends. I like your music playlist too, nothing better to get in the festive spirit than some Christmas songs. 🙂

      • December 2, 2018 / 9:38 pm

        I honestly think the Card Factory ones are just as good! I recommend them to everyone! And thank you so much for the feedback 😊 x

    2. December 2, 2018 / 10:02 pm

      I have to agree that I love the build up to Christmas too. I love Christmas overall but I think I prefer the build up to the actual day because it doesn’t seem as exciting anymore as it used to be when you were a kid. But this year I have got a lot of family coming for Christmas dinner so it will be different and I am excited for that. I love Christmas movies and my favourites are The Santa Clause movies, the Grinch and Miracle on 34th Street! I do enjoy watching Elf too and I love listening to all the Christmas music you have posted about too. Christmas music is probably my favourite type of music and I’d listen to it all day, every day if I could!

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