Christmas Traditions

I absolutely love Christmas but this year it’s going to be extra special, my half sister is flying all the way from Canada and staying with us for the holidays. It will be our first time celebrating Christmas together as we only met each other for the first time earlier this year. Everyone’s Christmas will be slightly different, even now I’m with Adrian things have changed compared to when I grew up. We’ve made new Christmas traditions together and carried on with some from our childhoods, which we still find every bit as magical and exciting today.

A New Christmas Bauble

My Nan started collecting baubles when I was very young and she would always let me hang a brand new one on the tree every year. Adrian and I have carried on with the same tradition every Christmas since we’ve been together. I still have some of those sentimental decorations I chose with my Nan hanging next to our new ones on the tree now.

Advent Calendar

I love the count down to Christmas As a child my Nan or Aunt would buy me the traditional Cadburys or Dairy Milk chocolate Advent calendar. This year Adrian put together my very own version of a beauty advent calendar using 24 material stockings he found on Etsy and filled them with gifts he knew I’d love from the Boots 3 for 2 offer.

Christmas Pyjamas and Bedding

Christmas Baking

My Nan and my Aunt were both amazing cooks and the house always smelt gorgeous for weeks before Christmas Day. My Nan would start by baking a huge Christmas pudding for the adults complete with a generous drop of Brandy and my Aunt would make the Christmas cake filled with fruit and nuts which tasted divine. The only bit I’ve never liked is the icing. Now Adrian and I invite friends round for a small party in the lead up to Christmas. We’ll make our own mince pies, cakes and biscuits in the morning and the house still smells amazing when our guests arrive!

Every year our family take it in turns as to who will host Christmas Day Dinner. When I was a child I used to love it when everyone piled into my Nan’s house as it was great to see my aunts, uncles and cousins all together. My cousins and I would go off to my room and play with any gifts we’d been given, my Uncle would desperately be trying to watch something on the TV while the rest of the adults were opening the next bottle of drink and having a good giggle and singing Christmas songs in the kitchen. During the evening my Aunt would prepare a huge “buffet” style tea and it was spread across the dinning room table. No one was hungry after eating such a huge feast at lunch time but we still piled our plates high with everything that was on offer.

Guess who’s having a house full this year? I’m sure Adrian and I will try to be the perfect hosts.

Surprise Box

As a child I didn’t have a stocking at Christmas, instead my Nan would put together a Surprise Box and I was allowed to open it on Christmas Eve. It was basically a cardboard box wrapped in Christmas paper filled with mini toys and games, I’d also find an orange at the bottom which is a tradition my Great Grandmother started for my Nan when she was a child. By the time I was a teenager my Aunt took over the task of putting together a Surprise box for me and the mini gifts included makeup or CDs. Now Adrian and I put together a small surprise box for each other and we still open them on Christmas Eve, just as I did with my Nan all those years ago.

Christmas Mugs

Every year while I was growing up I’d always find a novelty shaped mug filled with mini chocolates or sweets inside my Surprise box, then for weeks afterwards I would insist on only using that mug.

Adrian and I have bought a new Christmas mug each year and I use them for my  hot chocolates or morning cup of tea in the lead up to Christmas. I have a nice little collection now and I think it’s a great fun way to get in the Christmas spirit, who cares if I’m an adult.

Fun Christmas Clothing

My Nan always bought me a pair of Christmas pyjamas every year, I remember getting so excited when I opened the parcel and used to insist on wearing the pjs right that minute. As an adult I do exactly the same thing, along with a festive themed throw or duvet set, only Adrian and I pick ours up before November is even over.

In more recent years Adrian and I also buy a new brightly coloured Christmas jumper every year, along with a fun Santa hat or reindeer antlers. I usually pick mine up from New Look or ASOS so I’m not spending a fortune on something I’ll only be wearing for a few weeks. I’ve mainly gone for a green or red jumper but this year I’ve chosen pink and white. You can guarantee  I’ll be wearing it along with  my snowflake pjs on Christmas Day.

Christmas Lights

I remember the first time my Nan took me on the train to see the Christmas lights in London, I was so excited by the whole journey and it became a regular thing. We’d go up earlier in the day to do some Christmas shopping, then have something to eat before it got dark and this beautiful display of lights came on. If I was lucky she would also take me to see Santa in whichever department store we were in at the time. When my Nan became too poorly to make the trip, my Aunt started taking me instead, yet the whole experience was every bit as exciting. I’ll always miss my Nan and will be reminded of her every time I see those bright twinkling lights against the night sky.

More recently it’s been Adrian and I who have taken the train into London to see the lights each year, making our own Christmas memories. We still haven’t been this year as we’ve both been extremely busy, although we did go into town to watch the Christmas lights switch on and enjoy the evenings entertainment. The large glass of mulled wine and mince pie  may have helped keep us merry and bright on that cold winter’s night.

Do you have any favourite traditions that you’ve carried on doing from when you were a child or have you made new ones in more recent years.

 

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Lush Christmas PicksIn two years of blogging I can’t believe I haven’t posted a Lush Haul and with all the gorgeous bath bombs and bubble bars in their Christmas range I couldn’t help but pick up a few treats. There’s something calming and relaxing about having a soak in the bath on a cold winters evening, followed by wrapping yourself up in a big fluffy robe and sipping on a hot chocolate or glass of wine.

I adore shopping at Lush and often pick up a few bits if I want to add something extra special to my bath or shower, but at Christmas I cannot resist all those wonderful smells and it’s almost like there’s a huge magnet right outside the door that drags me in the shop.

Now I’m all set for those cosy nights in and over flowing bubble baths.

Lush Christmas Picks

The first thing I picked up was a bottle of Snow Fairy Shower Gel as this is one of most my favourite scents from the Lush Christmas range, it has a sweet, candy bubblegum fragrance lathers up beautifully  and I think my December mornings wouldn’t be the same without it.

Lush Christmas Haul

To go with the shower gel I picked up a tub of Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this apart from it smelling absolutely gorgeous. I have really dry skin and often apply an extra body cream, the Lush Body Conditioner is a thick, creamy formula which you wash off in the shower and it’s super hydrating.

I bought a few bits from Lush as gifts last Christmas so this year I couldn’t resist treating myself to a Magic Wand Bubble Bar. It smells absolutely gorgeous, with a sweet candy fragrance, and looks so cute sitting by my bath. You simply run a bubble bar under the tap or round in the bath for a bit, then it turns the water pink with loads of bubbles. If you only splurge on one bath product from Lush this year, make it the Magic Wand bubble Bar as you get two luxurious baths out of it,

Lush Christmas Picks

It wouldn’t be a Lush Haul without a few bath bombs added in, but I was spoilt for choice and I just wanted almost every one I saw. Being sensible, I narrowed it down to four.

Luxury Pud Bath bomb

This includes lavender and Ylang Ylang, so it’ll help to calm and relax me, perfect to unwind after a stressful day and it’ll help send me off to sleep. I can’t wait to see my bath full of all it’s bright, rainbow colours.

Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb

I was so excited when I saw Lush had a bath bomb in the Snow Fairy collection. This is just as amazing as the shower gel with a sweet candy cupcake fragrance, making my bathroom smell divine for hours afterwards. I couldn’t wait to try this bath bomb first, as soon as I dropped it into the bath it began to fizz and the water was full of beautiful pastel pink and white swirls. It took some time to fully break down and there were still a few bits floating in the bath, maybe as I don’t have really hot baths, however my skin did feel extremely soft and smooth afterwards.

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

I was over the moon to see this bath bomb back in the Lush Christmas Collection as I’d seen it everywhere last year but never got round to buying it. It’s supposed to have an uplifting fragrance while turning the water a calming blue and releasing honey sparkles and golden stars. I’m daydreaming of getting in that bath right now!

Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb

My Christmas jumper and Santa hat this year are both pink and white, I fancied a change from the traditional green or red, so it only seemed right that I picked up this bath bomb to complete my cosy winter’s night in. It has such a warm, spicy fragrance, filled with lemon oil, ginger and mustard and designed to soothe away aching muscles after a hectic day. I I also bought one for Adrian while I was there as it’s not a feminine smell like my other bath bombs, lets hope he loves it as much as I do.

If you want to find out how I spend my cosy nights in I’ll leave the link here.

What’s your favourite Lush product?

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silver snowflake jewellery from jewellerybox

Are you feeling festive yet? It’s the most wonderful time of the year and definitely a time to get all the sparkles out.

Jewellerybox is an online retailer based in London and they have the most adorable festive items for you to choose from, all at affordable prices. They have wonderful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and so much more, there is literally something that will suit everyone’s style. There’s even the option of having an item personalised if you’re buying a gift for someone else.

I love adding a sparkly piece of jewellery to complete my outfit whatever the occasion but I also enjoy adding an element of fun with my accessories around Christmas time. You can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful necklace  and cute pair of earrings from Jewellerybox. Honestly, you really will fall in love with everything on their website because I certainly did!

earings and necklace from jewellerybox.com

The first item of jewellery in my package is this sweet pair of Sterling Silver Snowflake Stud Earrings. They are so simple and delicate and I have already worn them loads this week. The earrings can be worn on their own or with the matching necklace and still look stunning. They really will add a festive touch to any outfit but I think they will still look gorgeous worn during other times of the year too.

The next item in my package is this adorable 18 inch Sterling Silver Snowflake necklace. I think it’s such a beautiful piece of jewellery. The length of the chain is just perfect and the pendant measures about 0.8 cm in height, it’s such a simple and delicate necklace, but perfect for Christmas time. Again, it can be worn on it’s own or paired with the matching earrings and still look gorgeous. I’ve worn it a few times this week and have had people comment on how pretty it is! I’m absolutely in love with this necklace, I think it’s too cute just be be worn at Christmas, don’t you?

Each piece of jewellery comes in a shabby chic style box and then each box is wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string with a little tag. I absolutely love it!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the quality of the necklace and earrings, I’ll definitely be wearing them a lot more over the coming months!

So if you’re looking for some fun, festive jewellery then I really recommend checking out jewellerybox.co.uk as they have some absolutely gorgeous pieces in stock. They would also make the perfect smaller gift for someone or a Secret Santa present, whoever receives them I’m sure will just love them as much as I do.

*This post contains PR items that have been gifted to me

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