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The Magic of Christmas Never Disappears

The festive season, a time for thankfulness and having fun with your family. For those of us who don’t have to work over Christmas, we get to make the most of lounging around, wearing several pairs of new pyjamas and eating lots of food and snacks around the house.

25th December 2019 was mine and Danny’s first Christmas in our first home and our seventh Christmas spent together as a couple. This year has been much more significant than other years and I think living together has played a huge part. Not only has the friendship side of us which sparked way back when grown but we’ve fell in love even more than I imagined we could.

Since we bought our first real Christmas tree and decorated it, I knew this year was going to be more magical than previous years. Call me emotional but I cried. I think it was the whole idea of looking how far we have come together and finally being in a place we have always dreamed of. Danny is the most warm-hearted person and he’s the one who will remind you there’s always so much love to give.

It showed when I couldn’t hold back the tears on Christmas Day morning. We opened presents from family and friends first and then what we got each other. The final present I opened from Danny got me. It’s no surprise to anyone that I’m quite the sentimental kind of person so this gift means so much to me. The thought that went into it made it so amazing. He bought me a map of how the stars looked on the night of our first date and it even has the time on it. Some say that men don’t remember things, I must’ve got lucky! The colour even matches our bedroom so once we’ve got a frame for it, I’ll share a photo.

Of all the lovely gifts we received this year, for me, the best of all was spending Christmas morning with each other, just the two of us. And of course seeing family for the rest of the day and night made it as enjoyable as it was.

I’m a reflective kind of person as it is but I find that Christmas and New Year brings us more time to think about the year and previous years in comparison to the present. Some years bring the loss of loved ones just like uncle Dom in June, and challenges arise but it’s important to remember that you can always feel the magic of Christmas if you look close enough. Smiling and laughing over Christmas season doesn’t mean you forget about the people you miss the most.

This December, I’ve thought about many things including what the future has to offer. If you don’t feel it right now, I hope that 2020 brings a new perspective. A year full of happiness surrounded by those that you love.

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The Winter Tag

I haven’t took part in Blogmas so here’s my Christmassy themed blog post! The one and only Lynette from Life With Lynette tagged me in ‘The Winter Tag’ where bloggers choose 8 bloggers to answer some Christmas related questions. Well, I can’t say no to participating in this can I? Lynette always tags me blog related things. She really is so lovely. Here we go…

What is your favourite holiday tradition?

Sometimes I wonder if I have a Christmas tradition… then I think surely we all have at least one? Christmas for me has always been about spending the day with family, seeing everyone have a good time with a smile on their face. A tradition that mum seems to keep going is getting me to wrap all of the Christmas she’s bought. Just the other day she mentioned that she’s going to pay for my taxi fare once I move out next year. We’ll see about that one mum!

I’m so excited for me and Danny to make traditions of our own home.

What is your favourite winter scent?

Hmmmm… many people seem to love different winter scented candles such as ginger or cinnamon. I don’t even have any candles around the house at mum and dad’s. I’m not too sure why. Does the smell of mum’s Christmas dinner as it’s cooking count as a good enough answer to this question? I hope so because it’s at the top of the list for me. You can probably tell that I love my food.

What is your favourite winter go-to fashioned trend?

As a little girl I think mum used to put me in cute little dresses. As I got older I think I stuck to jeans and a nice knitted winter top or jumper. Over the past few years I’ve gone for a dress, or skirt with a long sleeved top, tights and boots. This year’s skirt and top are both from New Look.

What is your all-time favourite holiday movie?

I have 2 favourite Christmas films. The first one is The Snowman (original version from 1982). It’s just under 30 minutes long but it always reminds me of my childhood. I watched it every year with my grandad, so whenever I see something snowman related, it makes me feel so happy.

My other all-time favourite is Miracle on 34th Street, again the original from 1947). Me and mum have seen different versions of the film but the original has always been our favourite. Whenever we notice that it’s on TV, we’re like “Ahhh look what’s on. It’s nearly Christmas!”

What’s your favourite all-time holiday tune?

Easy – Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. It isn’t even the jolliest of songs but it’s definitely the kind where it gets you in the mood to sing along. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday is another really good Christmas song to get you into the festive spirit. Everyone should be happy on Christmas Day, as well as every other day of the year. This songs gives you extra bit of Christmas spirit. My favourite Christmas song when I was little was Jingle Bells.

Do you prefer to travel or stay at home during the holidays?

I’ve always stayed at home during Christmas or eaten out at a restaurant not too far away from where we live. I hope one day I’ll be able to experience Christmas or the New Year somewhere other than home. I’ve always stayed with family but like I mentioned above, I can’t wait to make new Christmas memories with Danny.

Next year will be mine and Danny’s first Christmas in our home together. But maybe in the future, we’ll be able to go to New York because I’ve always wanted to go back and remember how magical it is in winter. Another place could be San Fransisco as that’s one of Danny’s dream places to go.

What’s your favourite winter activity?

Activity? In the winter? I don’t like the cold so erm… getting home to have a nice hot chocolate? I do love being all cosy when it’s chilly and windy outside. A bit like today really. But at the same time I like being all snug whenever me and Danny travel anywhere in the winter.

If you read about our latest trip to Amsterdam you’ll have seen that I was all wrapped up. I’m always cold as it is so many layers were needed. Having a walking radiator (Danny) with me always helps!

Do you love or hate the snow?

If you would’ve asked me this question when I was a little girl, I would’ve said love. There was something so exciting about waking up and seeing that the ground was covered in pure white snow. I’d play outside with my friends with no fear of the cold whatsoever.

But you’re asking me now so I’d have to say hate. Well hate might be a bit too strong of a word. I’m just not a fan of the slush, sleet, ice etc. And it’s me after all, I go flying in the wind. So you can imagine what I’m like when the snow turns to ice. This is why I was so surprised I managed to ice skate pretty well in Amsterdam since I hadn’t from the age of 8 years old!

What is one item on your wish list this year?

There’s nothing on my Christmas list this year. Anyone that knows me will know that I always love snuggly things like pyjamas though. I’m honestly just looking forward to moving in with Danny next year, so most people are getting us little bits to help us out. Bring on 2019, it’s going to be amazing!

What is your favourite holiday treat?

Well, all the food. Seriously, all of it. But I do a bit (or a lot of) shortbread. Yesterday, mum came into the living room and said, “Look what I bought today.” It was a huge box of shortbread. I was in my element. Oh and every year there just has to be multiple tubs of chocolates. What’s Christmas without all of the chocolate?!

I choose the following bloggers for The Winter Tag:

Samantha at Believe In A Miracle
Megan at Megan Elizabeth Lifestyle
Nadia at Miel and Mint
Carly at Carly Bloggs
Shannon at Shanylou
Gemma at But Gemma Darling

I understand that a lot of you will be busy at the moment so don’t worry if you don’t take part. I hope you all have the best Christmas and New Year!