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It’s Christmas Eve!! 

Hey everyone!

What a day to make yet another comeback. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve. I’m not quite ready (not my style at all!) 

So, I want to wish you all a very festive, peaceful and lovely time of year. Enjoy the next two days. Fill them with love! 

To spread the love further, I’ve included some of my favourite Christmas quotes from the Penguin Twitter feed. Lovely! 









Aren’t they amazing? Thanks Penguin. 

All that’s left is to share with you the obligatory Christmas tree lights of Stratford. Enjoy! 


Have a great one guys! 

Big love to all xx

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The Night Before Christmas – Clement C Moore

  

 
Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Or, if it is Christmas already where you are, merry Christmas! 

It seems like a perfect time to firstly, wish all my lovely followers and stoppers- by a very, merry Christmas and also to review a very festive poem. The Night Before Christmas brought so much joy to my life as a youngster. I just read it again, being as it’s Christmas Eve. It still brings me joy today and I just feel so excited. Everything is ready for the big day tomorrow! 

Onto the poem:

The poem tells the story of a Christmas Eve night. A father awakens to noises outside his own house, whilst his wife and children slept. 

”Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’

He looks out the window to see St. Nicholas in his sleigh being pulled along by eight reindeers. If only this was real life!! 

‘When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.’

St. Nicholas lands his beloved sleigh on the roof. He enters the house through the chimney, carrying a sack of toys and gifts with him. 

‘His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!’

The father observes St. Nicholas filling the children’s stocking, which were hanging by the family fire place. He laughs to himself. He notes specifically how he looks. It’s clear to see how the iconic image of Santa has originated over time. 

‘He had a broad face and a little round belly

That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.’

The men share a private moment together, before St. Nicholas heads off up the chimney again. As he flies away with his reindeer he exclaims:

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

The magic created in this short poem, which has been reprinted with various illustrations, is really rather special. There is a reason why it has lasted so many years and has been a feature of many Christmases around the globe. Can you believe it’s nearly 200 years old?! 

I’m not old enough or proud enough to admit that I still find it enchanting. The rhyme makes it easy to follow the poem and experience the feelings expressed by both father and St. Nicholas. It boasts atmosphere, excitement and enjoyment, all the things I hope your Christmases have! 

So, to all my wonderful friends and followers, I’m sending my festive love and well wishes to all. 

Big love x

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The Frankfurt German Christmas Market in Birmingham 2015

Hey guys!

Today I braved the rain to visit the German Christmas Market in Birmingham with my lovely parents. I got lucky this year because normally my parents go without me! 

Despite the rain pouring, it still felt so Christmassy and jolly. The stalls really do look beautiful. Birmingham’s Victoria Square is transformed for a magical Christmas. 

  

The dazzling lights coloured the ever gloomy skies… 

  
  

Of course, there is always a big wheel to see the best of Birmingham from a height. (Although I’m sure the current building works cloud the view a little!)

  

Victoria Square really did look stunning – history paired with the magic of Christmas. 

  

Finally, an outing to a German Christmas market isn’t complete without a mug of mulled wine. I adored the cute cups as well! 

  

So, I completely loved it. The music, the lights, the food, the wine. All Christmassy and wonderful, made all the more special because I was with my family. 

  

Nevertheless, Christmas is galloping along and I’m still not quite ready! Mind you, are we ever completely ready for it?! 

Big love and festive cheer! X 

 

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12 Days of Christmas Blogging: Day 2

Evening! 

Time for Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging extravaganza! Thanks again to Amy & Curiouser and Curiouser and Laura @ Lala’s Book Reviews for nominating me. 
The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

  

  

Day 2: My favourite tradition new or old.

My tradition is more of a family tradition. I don’t think that’s against the rules?! Well, I’m going for it nonetheless! 

Anyway, the tradition we have as a family surrounds the Christmas Eve run. We’ve been doing this ever since I can remember and the pattern has rarely changed in the past 20 odd years. 

Christmas Eve is an exciting day. It’s the day where everything is brought together ready for the BIG day. We wake up relatively early, with a list of jobs to be completed as long as my arm. The first thing we do is load the car with all the presents for my grandparents. The first stop is the grandparents. We swap presents, have a quick cuppa and a mince pie. We talk about our plans for tomorrow, and consult with the TV guide, noting the number of repeats usually! 

From then we head towards the turkey farm to collect our bird for tomorrow. It’s always a bit eerie there because it’s so quiet. The turkeys we’ve been driving past every weekend have suddenly gone… One lovely thing is the family hasn’t changed. I remember when one lady was pregnant. It dawned on me last year that that little baby actually processed my payment and gave me my bird. He must be a teenager now. I felt old for a second… 

This then leads us to the next stop which is my other grandparents house. We swap presents, eat 20+ homemade sausage rolls and more mince pies, drink more tea and recheck the TV times, noticing especially when the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special is on. (The food is always better here because my grandma is an excellent baker.)

We haul ourselves out of the sofa and head off into the dark towards home. My mum nags at my dad to have the Rod Stewart Christmas CD on as we drive along. Once home, we put the presents around the tree, watch whatever Christmas programmes are on, bath and get ready for bed. Depending on work commitments, my best friend usually pops round for a quick present swap and catch up. 

The Christmas Eve run is quite tiring, but writing all this up has really made me feel a)homesick and b) excited that I can do this again very soon. It’s those little traditions, that are personal to you, that make Christmas so magical. The smiles, the laughs, the hugs…

  

I’m jingling my bells all the way to:

Erika @ Bookventureland

Melanie Noell Bernard

Arec @ Rainy Thursday’s 
Like usual, feel free to take part or ignore if you’re busy! 

Big love xx

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12 Days of Christmas Blogging: Day 1

Hey everyone! 

I was tagged by the wonderful Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser and Laura @ Lala’s Book Reviews to take part in this blogging extravaganza, all in the name of Christmas! I should also point out that this was created by Steph J. Check them out 🙂 


The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

  


Day 1: My favourite things about Christmas. 

I love Christmas wholeheartedly so I could probably list a vast number of things. However, I’ve decided to ration this down to my top 5 things as others will sneak into the other topics of this challenge! 


1. Time with family. 

I work miles away from where my family are, so it’s a time for me to go home and see them. I really miss them when I’m away. Christmas time is definitely family time. Also, we got this little guy on Christmas Eve last year so I’m really looking forward to cuddles on the sofa with him again! 

  



2. Christmas dinner.

It’s the time of year where you can really indulge. For me, Christmas dinner has always been cooked by my dad. The smell of everything roasting makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Then the Christmas pudding – always made by my grandma. It’s just so special. 


3. The lights. 

I love seeing all the Christmas lights and all the houses lit up, sparkling away. It just creates a jolly feel and it looks really pretty. When they are set against the ever darkening sky in winter, it provides that little bit of light that we need. Shakespeare’s birthplace always looks beautiful at Christmas. They do a light show with real actors and it’s really quite remarkable. 

  



4. The Christmas Tree.

My mum and dad are brilliant because they wait for me to finish work and come home for Christmas so we can decorate the tree together. One thing is always the same, the lights are tangled and some don’t work. We have had a mad Christmas Eve dash to buy more lights as well in the past! All the baubles have a story, whether it being a present from someone or a special place where we got them. A beautifully dressed tree really is a special thing. Real trees all the way as well! 
  



5. The gift of giving. 

I love to surprise people and I really enjoy buying gifts for people. I keep all cards as well – in fact I have every card since I was born. I was part of a conversation the other day where someone was saying they don’t have any surprises anymore. She picks the gifts out (by request – she’d much rather have a surprise) for her family to get her. This made me so sad. Christmas is meant to be magical! Well, she will have one surprise under her tree this year from me. That feeling when you give a gift to someone, when you treat them, is indescribable. 

I’m spreading my Christmas cheer to:

Liam @ Liam’s Library

Emily @ The Geek Undergraduate

Nicola @ Literary Ramblings

Feel free to ignore if you’re busy or if it’s not your cup of tea. 
Big love x

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The Polar Express Quote

Hey everyone! 

Whilst I’ve been frantically wrapping presents, I’ve been watching The Polar Express as well. 

Now, I’m a massive Christmas lover, always have been and always will be. This time of year is magical! But, sometimes it is easy to forget what matters; we all too easily get sidetracked with work or deadlines. 

The Polar Express is all about having a belief. Also, the magic and wonder of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas may mean different things to different people. For me, it’s about family and friends and being with those who matter most.

 There isn’t really a massive point to this post, but I wanted to share one of my favourite quotes from the movie with you all. 

Never lose the belief that something magical can happen. 
  
(Image from Google.)
Sending all my festive cheer to each and every one of you. 

Big love x

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Dashing Through The Snow Book Tag

Hey everyone! 

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve posted. I’ve missed you all! I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet. Life has been pretty busy, but Christmas is well on its way and I’m super excited. Can you believe we are in December already?!  When Lauren @ Drifting Lexi tagged me for this, I couldn’t resist. It was time to drag myself out of my crazy work times and make time to do this. Thank you lovely! 
Here goes! 

Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree.

Any book is welcome under my tree, but I would particularly like to see the illustrated Harry Potter. I keep seeing it in the shops and it’s just sooooo pretty. I’m being good and I haven’t even picked it up to look at it. I don’t want to ruin the surprise. 

  


Name a book you will be reading during the Christmas season.

I stumbled across Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell in my peruse of the internet and immediately attracted to it. I will definitely be reading this. I love penguins… a LOT. They are adorable. 

  


Name your favourite Christmas movie.

Elf the movie. It’s just so festive and so jolly. I love it. There are some top quality Christmas films out there! Remember: “the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!”

  


Do you like snow?

I have mixed feelings about this. When you can sit and watch it fall peacefully, then it’s amazing. I love cobwebs in frost as well. However, when you have to get places and have jobs to do it’s a nightmare. I also get really scared that I’ll fall. I’m fairly accident prone! I walked into a door frame recently…when the door was open. 


Name a character you would like to spend your Christmas Day with.

Albums Dumbledore! How cool would that be. Or, maybe Bob Cratchit and his family from A Christmas Carol. Equally awesome. 

(Image from VictorianWeb.org)

  


To give or to receive?

To give. To see the look on someone’s face when they receive a gift they least expect is priceless. I love to spoil my family as well. It’s just such a heart warming time of year. 


What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

I’m fairly certain everyone will say the same for this – Hogwarts! BUT, I have an alternative option, The Land of Oz. Spending Christmas Day on the yellow brick road sounds fairly wonderful to me too! 

(Image from Google) 

  


Fondest Christmas memory?

Waking up on Christmas morning as a little girl full of excitement. Believing that Father Christmas was real and he really thought I was a good girl and that I deserved presents. It’s still magical for me, but for very different reasons now. For me, today, it’s about being with my family. 


Can you say Christmas Tree ten times fast in a row (pronouncing it correctly)?

Haha! Yes! Maybe this is a secret talent of mine. I spend a lot of time repeating things anyway so I guess I’m used to it! 


I’m spreading my Christmas cheer to:

Liam @ Liam’s Library

Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Matt @ Matt and His Cats

Feel free to take part, or ignore if you’re too busy! Also, if I’ve not tagged you and you wish to take part – go for it! 
Sending you festive love! (And a photo of Stratford upon Avon’s Christmas lights)

  

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