Friday, 25 December 2015

X is for... (CHRISTMAS DAY!)

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XMAS
             I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS, I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS, I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
GOOD TIDINGS I BRING TO YOU KIN, GOOD TIDINGS FOR CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Merry Christmas beautiful people!! I hope you have a love filled year this year, and that you may accomplish all the things you want to, and that you will learn to love yourself for who you are and not what others want you to be. I hope that you will learn to love the people around you even when they seem unlovable.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you next year!!!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

V & W are for... (Christmas Days 23 & 24)

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VLOGMAS
I love vlogmas. It's the time when most of my favourite Youtubers post a video everyday that is somewhat Christmas related. This year I have totally loved Zoella's vlogmas. I've really gotten into her the past few months, and her 24 Days of Zoella has really gotten me into the Christmas spirit as I think she is even more Christmas crazy than me!!
I must admit, it's been hard to keep up, as this month has been really hectic. I've only really watched Zoella's, though I did start watching Tanya Burr's. I think in the new year I will just go back and catch up on all the vlogmases I wanted to watch, like Joe Sugg's and Tanya's and the rest of Zoella's.


WOOPS 
You know, I think I miscalculated my advent/ alphabet because I meant this to go up to Christmas eve and not Christmas day and I still have one day left!! Ah well, you just have an extra blog to read on Christmas Day or whenever you have chance to read it.
I want to know if you guys have any ideas for blog posts in the future. I really want to keep my blog going this year, but I never really know what to write about, as my daily life isn't very interesting, so any suggestions you guys might have are very welcome!!

Thank you very much for reading this past month and I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

T & U are for... (Christmas Days 21 & 22)

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TRADITIONS
I've already done a post about our traditions on here before, but today I wanted to talk about a couple more, and my favourites.

My sisters and I have a mini Christmas tree in our room, as you would've seen in the catch up post, and every Christmas Eve we put the tree in the middle of our room and we use it as well as stockings for our morning presents. I love it because it's like a mini Christmas Day, and last year everyone came into our room, instead of us going into our parents room.

I absolutely love our Boxing Day tradition. I think it may be my favourite. It's just so lovely to get to see our whole family in just 2 days!! We always get up to so much fun, and there is a lot of laughter!! Last year, some of us were playing a game and then next to us, my Dad and his sister were doing some trivia questions, and don't ask me why, but they were apparently very funny questions!!

Another 'tradition' (it only really became a tradition last year) that's not very Christmassy, is our church New Years party. Last year was the first one and it was great!! We've had a couple of New Years parties with friends before, but it was so fun to have the whole church around. We started off with a service to celebrate the past year, then we go to have some food and fun. Then when it's really late/early some of us bundled up to bed in the rooms upstairs to 'sleep'.

UNDER THE TREE

 This year, my Mum was getting rather overwhelmed by the amount of presents she had to hide in her room (She has all my Granny's presents to us as well) so she decided to put some under the tree!! This caused quite a commotion as we normally only get to see them on Christmas Day. We normally go looking around the front at all the labels to see who they're for. It was quite hard to keep the little ones away to be honest!!



I love the look of presents under a tree. I must say, I think it's kind of odd that we decorate a tree in our house every year, and then put presents under it, but that doesn't mean I won't do it!!

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a stress free last couple of days before Christmas!!


Sunday, 20 December 2015

R & S are for... (Christmas Day 19 & 20)

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REINDEER
RuDoLpH tHe ReD nOsEd ReInDeEr HaD a VeRy ShInY nOsE, aNd If YoU eVeR sAw HiM, yOu'D eVeN sAy It GlOwS.

'rEiNdEeR ArE bEtTeR tHaN pEoPlE, sVeN dOn'T yOu ThInK tHaT's TrUe?'  YEaH, pEoPlE wIlL bEaT yOu AnD cUrSe YoU aNd  ChEaT yOu EvErY oNe Of ThEm'S bAd ExCePt YoU  'oH, tHaNkS bUdDy. BuT pEoPlE sMeLl BeTtEr ThAn ReInDeErS sVeN, dOn'T yOu ThInK tHaT i'M rIgHt?'  ThAt'S oNcE aGaIn TrUe, FoR aLl ExCePt YoU  'YoU gOt Me, LeT's CaLl It A nIgHt' GoOdNiGhT  'dOn'T lEt ThE fRoStBiTe BiTe'



Sorry about that guys, I'm kind of in a weird mood, and I had no idea what I wanted to write, so I just wasted my time typing out Frozen lyrics...

I'm sort of glad this is almost over now because, I hate to admit it, but I'm sort of loosing motivation for these now. Especially as for the last few I don't really know what I want to write.
I'm quite proud of myself for doing this though, because I've always been a rubbish blogger and to keep this up (even with a few late posts!) has been great for me, and I'm hoping it'll inspire me to blog more in the future!! Also thank you for all the support, I'm really glad you've been enjoying it!!


SNOW

We haven't had proper snow for quite a few years now and it's rather disappointing. I doubt it'll snow this year either because it's been so warm, which I'm really sad about.
The last time we had proper snow, we got to build an igloo and two proper snowmen and have a couple of snowball fights, which shows you how much snow we had!!  My Mum has some photos on her Flickr so feel free to go check them out.
The most snow I've ever been in was not actually at home. In 2009 we went away with my Dad's side of the family (I can never remember what the place was called...) and we had really thick snow. I had wellies on and it went halfway up them (I was 8, just to clarify). We had so much fun in it. Also when we first drove in, we had to dig under the car wheels for it to move!! Then the next day when everyone else arrived, we had to push their cars. It was such a fun Christmas and I really want to do it again.

Thank you so much for reading and feel free to comment which letter has been your favourite of all 20 so far, and Merry 5 days 'til Christmas!! 

Friday, 18 December 2015

Q is for... (Christmas Day 18)

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QUEENS SPEECH
At 3 o'clock in the afternoon on Christmas Day many Britons (and other countries too I think)  tune in to listen to the Queens Christmas Message. I personally have never watched it, as we never really watch T.V on Christmas Day, but I know many people do.
The message is based around what has happened that year and also the Queen's own personal milestones and feelings on Christmas.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The broadcast was originally only done by the BBC, but in 1997 the Queen announced that the message would be broadcast alternately between them and the ITN. In 2011, Sky News joined the rotation.
  •  The idea for the Christmas message was actually introduced by Sir John Reith, the founder of the BBC.
  • In 1969 there was no message delivered because a special documentary had been made during the summer. Instead the Queen sent out a written message. 
Thanks for reading and be sure to come back tomorrow!!

P is for... (Christmas Day 17)

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PRESENTS
Obviously at Christmas we get presents. I love to make presents each year for my siblings, and this year is no exception. This year I've put loads of time into each present, they're each personalised and I can't wait for them to see them. I'll do a craft blog post too over on Minnie Makes after Christmas so keep your eye out for that if you're as nosy as I am when it comes to peoples presents!!
This year me and my sisters are getting our room redecorated, so we're not getting many things on Christmas day, but I'm hoping to get a couple of things. The main thing is Julie Andrews' autobiography and also a new shoulder bag, as I've had mine since I was like 7.
Getting presents is awesome, but I seriously prefer giving. One year I gave TP a cushion that was the shape of a 'P' and she was thrilled. Also one year, Lilo had a stage of loving LalaLoopsy Dolls, so I made her a little bag with a LalaLoopsy face on it and she literally jumped of her chair and hugged me!! I just love seeing their reactions to my hours of work. I also love the months and weeks leading up to Christmas making all the gifts, and imagining the reactions.

Thank you for reading, yesterday was really emotional so I couldn't post then, but it's here now.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

O is for... (Christmas Day 15)

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ORANGES
In our family we have the tradition of oranges at the bottom of our stockings. We haven't always done it, but just recently have started to.
The tradition is thought to have come from St. Nicholas. The story goes that he heard of a poor man that couldn't marry off his daughters because they had no dowry. St. Nicholas had inherited money and dropped 3 bags of gold down their chimney. The gold landed in the girls' stockings that were drying on the fire. The oranges are supposed to represent the gold at the bottom of the stocking.

Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow

Monday, 14 December 2015

A little update :)

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Can I just say that I can't believe that it's the 14th of December already!? I mean on Sunday it'll be 5 days until Christmas!!
I'm feeling very festive now though. Right now I'm writing this in my room with Christmas music playing, Christmas lights on the window (along with the paper snowflakes my sisters made :D) and our mini tree behind me. And when I've finished writing this, I'm going downstairs to our (finally) decked out living room to cosy up (maybe) with a hot chocolate to watch some F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (Who else loves that show!?)
Today my Dad cam home early from work and brought a tree with him! We were so excited because we normally get the tree around last weekend time but it was crazy busy so we couldn't,and my Mum had been bugging us with this 'suprise' that Dad had told her over the phone. Anyway, we got the tree and spent the day decorating the house, and can I say, it looks quite stunning!! And it's not all in the living room like it normally is!!

THE LIVING ROOM
 I love our very picturesque fireplace in the wintertime!!


 (don't ask me why there is a twig hanging out of it!!)

Our home-made decorations tree!!!




 I made these little carol singers last year from toilet rolls! 




THE HALL




OUR ROOM








When I got to this mirror I just had to take a cheeky little selfie in my new Christmas jumper!! :D





 Can I just say, these things are lethal!! It literally just cut my hand!!



Me and Lilo went shopping today to get a few things for Christmas, so I've now got all the things I need and I'm going to start finishing all my presents off tomorrow!! I'm very excited!!
This will probably be my last catch-up post until after Christmas, so I'll see you then but for now I hope you continue to enjoy my advent posts. See you soon :) 

N is for... (Christmas Day 14)

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NATIVITY
As Christians, the whole reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus. Although his actual birth was probably not in December (because of the flocks being in the fields), it's the time that we celebrate it.
I think it's really sad that this holiday has become a greedy one. All about getting the things that we want, and shops taking advantage of this season to get sales.
There's this feeling that comes with Christmas, and I'll tell you what it is. Love. It's the one of the only times in the year when most of the nation celebrates true love, and if only we could keep that all year, we'd have a much more peaceful world.
Christmas is about joy and love and peace and redemption. It's the time when God sent his only son as a baby, to save the world from their sins. Surely that's the greatest gift of all?

Sunday, 13 December 2015

L&M are For...(Christmas Day 12&13)

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LIGHTS
I LOVE Christmas lights. Like seriously LOVE them!! Every year when they come out at the end of November I get really excited for Christmas. I don't believe in the all-out, electricity wasting lights, with scaffolding and all, but I do like the subtle ones that look like icicles, etc.

 We went to Birmingham last week, and this is in the German market (which was amazing by the way, but very busy!!). I wish I'd taken more photos but it was very hard to with so many people about.





MINCE PIES

I'm not to keen on mince pies myself because I don't like raisins or sultanas, but I do like the flavour. I like to have a couple of mince pies each Christmas, and one day I'd love to make them too.
Most of the people in my family don't like mince pies, so I just found this recipe for chocolate chip mince pies. I'm not sure how good they'd be but I'm willing to try!!

Thanks for reading, and I'm sorry these two were merged together, but they're both relatively short. I'm thinking I may do the future weekend posts together. What do you think?

Friday, 11 December 2015

K is For... (Christmas Day 11)

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KISSING
Kissing under the mistletoe. A very popular tradition that dates back many years. 
 Many ancient cultures prized mistletoe for its healing properties. The Greeks were known to use it as a cure for everything from menstrual cramps to spleen disorders, and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted it could be used as a balm against epilepsy, ulcers and poisons. The plant’s romantic overtones most likely started with the Celtic Druids of the 1st century A.D. Because mistletoe could blossom even during the frozen winter, the Druids came to view it as a sacred symbol of vivacity, and they administered it to humans and animals alike in the hope of restoring fertility.

Another famous chapter in mistletoe folklore comes from Norse mythology. As the story goes, when the god Odin’s son Baldur was prophesied to die, his mother Frigg, the goddess of love, went to all the animals and plants of the natural world to secure an oath that they would not harm him. But Frigg neglected to consult with the unassuming mistletoe, so the scheming god Loki made an arrow from the plant and saw that it was used to kill the otherwise invincible Baldur. According to one sunnier version of the myth, the gods were able to resurrect Baldur from the dead. Delighted, Frigg then declared mistletoe a symbol of love and vowed to plant a kiss on all those who passed beneath it.
Mistletoe’s associations with fertility and vitality continued through the Middle Ages, and by the 18th century it had become widely incorporated into Christmas celebrations. Just how it made the jump from sacred herb to holiday decoration remains up for debate, but the kissing tradition appears to have first caught on among servants in England before spreading to the middle classes. As part of the early custom, men were allowed to steal a kiss from any woman caught standing under the mistletoe, and refusing was viewed as bad luck. Yet another tradition instructed the merrymakers to pluck a single berry from the mistletoe with each kiss, and to stop smooching once they were all gone.
(Taken from History.com.)
Thank you for reading and I'll see you tomorrow.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

J is For... (Christmas Day 10)

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JINGLE BELLS


  • This song was originally written for the American Thanksgiving by James Lord Peirpont under the name 'One Horse Open Sleigh' in the autumn of 1857. 
  •  "Jingle Bells" was the first song broadcast from space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra. While in space on December 16, 1965, they sent this report to Mission Control:

Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south and has a very high climbing ratio. It looks like it might even be a ... Very low. Looks like he might be going to reenter soon. Stand by one ... You might just let me try to pick up that thing.
   The astronauts then produced a smuggled harmonica and sleigh bells and broadcast a rendition of "Jingle         Bells." The harmonica, shown to the press upon their return, was a Hohner "Little Lady," a tiny harmonica     approximately one inch long, by 3/8 of an inch wide. 
  • In the winter in New England in pre-automobile days, it was common to adorn horses' harnesses with straps bearing bells as a way to avoid collisions at blind intersections, since a horse-drawn sleigh in snow makes almost no noise. The rhythm of the tune mimics that of a trotting horse's bells. However, "jingle bells" is commonly taken to mean a certain kind of bell.

(Copied from Wikipedia) 

Thanks for reading! I'll hope to post on time tomorrow!! 

I is For...(Christmas Day 9)

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ICE, ICE BABY
When I was younger we used to run outside on a cold morning and find all of the blocks of ice and throw them around. I've always loved icy weather. When I was younger it meant snow and ice and being able to play inside all day, and now that I'm a bit older it means cosying up with the family, watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S in the evenings under the blankets.

When I was around 10, I went ice-skating with my best friend. I never really strayed from the edge and just laughed whenever her Dad fell on his bum! I was very proud of the fact that I never fell over, but I think the fact that I never let go of the edge helped!! I've never been ice-skating since then, but I would love to go again, and I must confess I would love to be able to figure skate. It just looks so elegant and beautiful!

 Thanks for reading, sorry it's a day late!!  Today's post will be published shortly!!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

H is For... (Christmas Day 8)

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HOLIDAYS
Who doesn't love holidays!? Time off school, late nights, late mornings and loads of free time! Time to finally relax and wind down... well sometimes.
For us, being at church, Christmas time becomes very busy. We have Christmas plays, fairs, kids parties, and carol services. Being a pastors kid, and part of the youth, we get asked to help which is fun, but can be a little stressful.
The holidays are also filled with decorating, baking and all sorts of festive fun. They're so fun!

What's your favourite part of the holidays?
Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow!!

Monday, 7 December 2015

G is For... (Christmas Day 7)

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Last year we started a tradition of making a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve. We used the Mary Berry recipe on BBC GoodFood.

This is ours. It was super fun, and an awesome family tradition.



Thanks for reading, I'll see you tomorrow for the next advent post!!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

F is for... (Christmas Day 6)

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FAMILY
Christmas is the perfect time to spend with your family. Firstly because most people don't work at that time, and secondly the time is filled with love, so why not spend it with the people you love most?
Every Boxing Day for the past few years, the whole of my dad's side of the family come for the day. It's so fun and super noisy. My cousins are crazy but we love them to pieces.

We have a sort of second Christmas Day, where we open presents from each other...

...And get up to things like this...

...And this!


Spending time with family is one of my favourite parts of Christmas, especially when I have an amazing family!!

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow to carry on the alphabet!!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

E is For... (Christmas Day 5)

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ELVES

No, not these elves...

These elves...

Yep, quite a big difference. These elves help Santa make his presents in the North Pole.
They were first introduced in literature by Louisa May Alcott in 1856. The Santa Claus character is much older, emerging in US folklore in the early 17th century from an amalgamation of various European Christmas traditions, especially from English Father Christmas and Dutch Sinterklaas. The association of Christmas presents with elves has precedents in the first half of the 19th century with the Tomte in Sweden and Nisse in Denmark, and St Nicholas himself is called an elf in A Visit from St. Nicholas (1823).

History
The Christmas elf appeared in literature as early as 1850 when Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women, and others)  completed, but never published a book entitled Christmas Elves.The image of the elves in the workshop was popularised by Godey's Lady's Book, with a front cover illustration for its 1873 Christmas Issue showing Santa surrounded by toys and elves with the caption, "Here we have an idea of the preparations that are made to supply the young folks with toys at Christmas time." During this time Godey's was immensely influential to the birth of Christmas traditions, having shown the first widely circulated picture of a modern Christmas tree on the front cover of its 1850 Christmas issue. Additional recognition was given in Austin Thompson's 1876 work "The House of Santa Claus, a Christmas Fairy Show for Sunday Schools".

Around The World
In different countries, Santa's helpers go by different names. In Iceland they are the Yule Lads who between December 12 and 24, a different Lad visit homes each day to leave presents and play tricks on children. In Belgium and the Netherlands, the companion is called Zwarte Piet (Black Peter), in Germany they are the Knecht Ruprecht and in Luxembourg they are known as Hoesecker.
In Nordic countries an elf will usually wear only red instead of the green and red outfits they are known for in English speaking countries.
Altoona, Pennsylvania, and a growing number of communities in the Boston area celebrate Buzzlewitz Day on November 11. According to the Lowther tradition, Buzzlewitz is the elf that is sent by Santa to collect children's Christmas lists. On 11 November of each year at 11 pm, children leave their Christmas lists and a snickerdoodle cookie on the mantle or in the kitchen. Buzzlewitz comes in the night to collect the lists. In return, he leaves a mint and an acorn.
(All information taken from Wikipedia, and photos from Google)

Thanks For Reading, See You Tomorrow!!

Friday, 4 December 2015

D is For... (Christmas Day 4)

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DECORATIONS
Like I mentioned on Day 2 decorations add loads of fun to Christmas. In my family we have boxes of decorations and around the second weekend of December (that's next week!! :D), we get the tree and then decorate whatever part of the house we think looks good.
My sisters and I have our own mini tree in our room and we have our own decorations that we get to use in our room each year, which is totally awesome because we get to feel festive when we get up!


(Sorry about the lighting, it must've been dark!!)


 You can find how I made these here

I totally love Christmas decorations!! I will probably make quite a few this week so I'll update this as and when I do!!

Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow to see what E is for!! 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

C is For... (Christmas Day 3)

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CAROLS
Carol services are the best. It's when Christmas finally comes to church, and I love it!!! I mean, TP doesn't like them, but I don't understand how. I love church all year round, but when we get to sing Christmas carols in church it's totally awesome!
Some of my favourites are 'O Come O Come Emmanuel', 'O Holy Night' (yes, I do try and hit the high notes!), 'The First Noel', and 'Joy to The World'.

I've made a  Spotify carols playlist for you guys (and me!). I've started it off with a few of my favourites, but I'll probably add more as time goes on, so enjoy!
https://play.spotify.com/user/11155468951/playlist/056G1h2u0fTLx4SJB2ADhr

Did You Know?


  • Christmas carols were banned in England by Oliver Cromwell between 1647 and 1660 because he thought that Christmas should be a solemn occasion.  That's were the tradition of carol singing from door to door came from because it was banned in the churches.
  • Silent Night was written by the Austrian priest Joseph Mohr because the organ had broken on Christmas Eve and he couldn't think of Christmas without music, so he decided to write a song that could be sung by a choir with a guitar.


Thanks for reading, and I'll see you tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

B is For... (Christmas Day 2)

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Baubles
Baubles are so fun. Seriously, anything Christmas related is probably on a bauble somewhere. You can also make them so easily. I've made a few in the past like this bead bauble and this heart pudding. I've also made various other tree decorations as presents and others. We have an old tree in our home that is wonky and leans against the wall by the table. It's full of home-made and old decorations. I've been searching for a photo of it but I can't find one! Considering my Mum is a photographer this is a rare occurrence!! I do, however, have many photos of my favourite baubles. 






Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow everyone!!!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A is For...(Christmas Day 1)

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ADVENT  
I love advent. It means it's finally acceptable to be really excited for Christmas, and to decorate and finish presents, and do all things associated with Christmas!
 I love it when I come down in the morning to hear my siblings chatting about what was in the calendar that day.
 I love the fact that we all chipped in to make our calendar this year, and that when we look at it we can say 'I made that!'








This year we're doing verses too, so my mum has written them on tags and stuck them on the bookshelf for us to read each day. We're going to do it all together when we have our main meal, so it's sort of a family affair. 








HISTORY:

I read a bit about the history of advent, and it's actually a preparation for the Second Coming as well as a commemoration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. 
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning 'coming', which is a translation of the Greek word parousia which is commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Jesus.
 

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