BLOGMAS DAY 22: MY TOP 10 FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT CHRISTMAS

Hello everybody and welcome to Blogmas day 22! Spending the festive season in a hot country has really made me appreciate the little things that I enjoy so much about Christmas, so I thought why not round up my top ten things I love about this time of year!

1. Chocolate for breakfast
Christmas is the only acceptable time of year where the first thing I eat when I wake up is chocolate and I won’t feel guilty about it. I’m such a chocolate lover so I’m surprised at how patient I am when it comes to waiting for each day to open a new door on my advent calenders. Once the 25th passes I should probably cut down on the sugary snacks, but for now I’m happily enjoying all the foods and sweets that only come out over Christmas.

2. Christmas films
Even when you have a movie on DVD it still feels better to watch it when it’s on TV. Festive films never fail to cheer me up when I’m down or even just make me feel all warm and cosy inside. There are a few films I’m still yet to watch for the first time ever, like Love Actually and It’s A Wonderful Life, so I think that’ll be on my to-do list over the next two days.

3. Snuggling into bed with a hot drink and a good book
Okay so I know you can do this any time of the year but there’s something about doing it around Christmas that makes it all the more special, especially when it’s a Christmas book like Let It Snow or a hot chocolate in a big mug topped with mini marshmallows.

4. Decorating anything and everything
From fairy lights to tinsel, from Christmas trees to wreaths, I love decorating my room for the holidays! Putting up the tree back home is something I love doing with my Mum and last year she surprised me and bought loads of new decorations which was super cute. After Christmas passes I usually leave the fairy lights up because they’re so pretty and it technically doesn’t need to be Christmas to have them up.

5. Buying gifts
I’m so bad at knowing what to buy for people but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it. Apart from my parents the only person I’ve bought presents for this year is Maya. We had a $50 limit but I’ve got the feeling she’s spent way over that, and if I had the money I would gladly buy her all the things I’ve seen that I think she would like.

6. Christmas music
Because who doesn’t love a good sing-along to festive anthems in the shower or in the car?

7. Knitwear
I miss wearing fluffy socks, snug mittens, and ugly Christmas jumpers. If I wore them in Sydney I’d probably pass out (although it was quite cold at 19 degrees the other day), but I just love how comfy they are!

8. Christmas Adverts
In a previous post I listed my favourite Christmas adverts of 2016. Whenever I watched TV back home and a festive ad would come on it would make me so excited for the season, or if it was a heartfelt ad I would quite literally feel my heart melting.

9. Vlogmas/Blogmas
Watching/reading people’s vlogmas/blogmas posts is something I’ve only just gotten into this year but already it’s one of the things I look forward to every day in December! I’m really pleased I decided to partake in Blogmas this year and I’m proud I’ve kept up with it everyday. I would have done vlogmas too but I won’t be getting my camera until next week (yes I’m finally getting it!).

10. The festive feeling
You know the feeling? The little bubble of happiness and excitement whenever you see Christmas decorations or your favourite festive advert comes on TV? Or when you hear the first few notes to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and you have to drop everything you’re doing just to sing along like you’re performing it at Wembley (albeit a very out of tune performance)? Yeah that feeling. It’s my favourite.

Ta-da! 10 of my favourite things about Christmas all in one lovely little list! There’s so much more I love about the season it was hard to narrow it down. What’s a few of your favourite aspects of Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Until tomorrow,
Liv
xo

BLOGMAS DAY 15: THIS TIME LAST YEAR

Blogmas day 15 is upon us and the weather in Sydney is 18 degrees, dull and raining. Its so weird how the past few days have been scorching hot at 35 degrees but overnight the temperature has dropped by nearly half. Actually I don’t know why I find that odd considering the weather back home dramatically changes every hour…

I’m currently waiting for three packages to arrive from home which I’m super excited for because they’re all from my Mum and I don’t actually know what’s in the first parcel, so it’s going to be a nice surprise when it finally arrives. This time last year I would have still been in my student house juggling a load of uni deadlines and starting my revision for January exams. As I mentioned in a previous post I’m appreciative that I’ve got a break this year from the stress of uni work so I can enjoy Christmas without having revision and deadlines on the back of my mind. I worked so much during college and uni to the point where my Mum banned me from revising on Christmas Day because I needed a break.

Usually my Mum and I spend the day watching festive films and eating our body weight in Christmas food, but last year we decided to do something different and head up north to Glasgow to spend it with family. This was really nice because it meant I got to see my favourite pooches, Cody and Skye, and see my Gran and Granda around the holidays which I don’t usually get to do. Scotland is freezing, and I mean FREEZING, this time of year which does make it feel more festive but at the same time I hate waking up cold in the morning. 

I think it’s nice to experience Christmas somewhere other than what you’re used to, which is why I’m glad I’m in Australia this year. Home will always be there for when I eventually come back, and I’m sure once I’m back I’ll be complaining about how much I miss the beach days and hot weather.

Until tomorrow,

Liv

xo

BLOGMAS DAY 13: THE CHRISTMAS TAG

Hello and welcome to Blogmas day 13! A blog that I’m really enjoying reading at the moment did a blogmas post on the Christmas Tag, where bloggers answer a couple of questions about the festive season, so I thought why not give it a go and I actually quite enjoyed it. There are two different tags that I’ve seen around so I may do the other one too in a few days time. If you want to check out Tania’s post you can find it here, and without further ado here’s my little take on the tag!

 

What is your favourite Christmas film?
Oh but I have so many! Elf is definitely up there with the top few, it always puts me in such a great Christmassy mood! Jingle All the Way holds a special place in my heart though because my Mum and I always watch it every year as soon as it comes on TV.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I don’t think I have you know. I’ve had a Christmas up in Glasgow where there’s been thick snow on the ground but it didn’t actually snow on the day itself.

What is your favourite Christmas song?
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey is so catchy and every time I hear it I can’t help but join in. I was actually singing along to it yesterday morning whilst showering, so apologies to anyone whose ears I probably made bleed.

Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
Nope, never. My neighbours would always open one present each on Christmas Eve but my Mum never let me, which I’m glad about because otherwise I would’ve had one less to open on Christmas morning.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to the most this year?
The past few years I’ve visited the Manchester Christmas markets with my Mum and my uni housemates, but I won’t be able to do that this year. So instead I’m looking forward to the Aussie tradition of having a BBQ on the beach wearing a Santa hat.

What is your all time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
Is shortbread classed as a festive treat? If yes then shortbread, if not then gingerbread cookies with Christmas decorations, like the ones Helen and I made.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Definitely New York. I want to ice skate outside the Rockefeller Center, take a stroll in the snow through Central Park, and celebrate the countdown to the new year in Times Square.

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I’d like to think I’m a pro-present wrapper, but in reality I probably fail miserably. I love wrapping presents though it really gets me in a Christmassy mood.

Are you doing the Christmas Tag this year? Or have you seen any other tags you think I’d like to fill in? If so let me know in the comments and I’ll check out your post!

Until tomorrow,
Liv
xo

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BLOGMAS DAY 9: FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS ADVERTS


Hello and welcome to Blogmas day 9! Every year I look forward to seeing all the new Christmas advert air on TV and as soon as the Coca Cola ad comes on for the first time everyone knows the countdown to Christmas day has begun. Personally I think the UK always has the best Christmas adverts, so even though I’ve not been home this holiday season and don’t have access to live British TV I’ve still been keeping up with all the adverts through Youtube and Facebook, and for today’s blogmas post I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favourites. Instead of having a post full of videos I’ve just linked them in instead, so if you click on the name of each advert company it’ll take you to the video on Youtube. Coca Cola would be on here but I feel like it’s already implied that it’s one of my favourite ads.

Heathrow Airport – Coming Home for Christmas
When I first watched this ad I thought it was going to be about a child losing their teddy bears and Heathrow getting them back safely, but this wasn’t the case and I was pleasantly surprised by the twist at the end.

John Lewis – Buster the Boxer
Although The Journey (2012) and Man on the Moon (2015) are two of my absolute favourites and always brought a tear to my eye, John Lewis still did well with this year’s advert and I love all the little woodland creatures too.

Apple –  Frankie’s Holiday
With a Christmas twist on Frankenstein I really did have a tear escape whilst watching this. I like that the Apple product isn’t the centre of the ad, but rather spreading Christmas cheer and making sure everyone is included.

ALDI Australia –  Nothing Beats the Perfect Aussie Christmas
This one really made me laugh. It focuses on getting an Aussie family into the Christmas spirit like the rest of the world who celebrate it in Winter and don’t celebrate the day with a BBQ in the sun. I think the whole advert is really well done and

M&S – Christmas With Love From Mrs Claus
“Don’t forget Australia” “I won’t. Easily done.”
This year M&S have showcased Mrs Claus as the main savior of Christmas and shows that family is the most important thing, even if you do annoy each other sometimes.

WWF UK – #iProtectTigers
This is a really heartwarming advert and usually I only see Christmas ads promoting clothes or food stores, so it’s nice to see an animal charity one too this year.

I have a couple of other ads I really liked this year too, and like I said the Coca Cola one would be on here but it’s usually the same one every year so I’d rather showcase some of the newer ones in this post.

Until tomorrow,
Liv
xo

BLOGMAS DAY 7: FAVOURITE FESTIVE KNITWEAR

Hello hello and welcome to blogmas day 7! I feel like I should have some sort of video intro after I introduce the day like Vloggers do for vlogmas. Wearing cheesy Christmas jumpers, PJs and fluffy leggings is a guilty pleasure of mine, so even though I won’t be wearing them this year I still wanted to put together a post showing some of my favourite festive knitwear that I’ve found this season. I’ve used only UK websites as I doubt anyone reading this from Australia wants to buy heavy knitwear, unless they’re planning on dying from heatstroke anytime soon…


1. Eva Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Jumper – £15 – boohoo.com
The classic quite from Home Alone, there are loads of websites you can get one of these from but most of my wardrobe is from Boohoo I love them, their clothes are always affordable but great quality.

2. Natalie Wine Spot Pom Pom Onesie – £18 – boohoo.com
Every year I go on the hunt for a good onesie and this burgundy polka dot piece looks so freakin’ cosy. It’s even got a hood to make it extra snug.

3. Black Squad Goals Christmas Jumper – £20 – missguided.co.uk
I love love love this jumper! I might just buy it and save it for the Australian winter.

4. Polar Bear Fairisle Jumper – £14 – Primark
Primark Christmas jumpers are always quite tight fitting and warm. I really like the pattern on this one and it would go with so much in my wardrobe back home.

5.  Ho Ho Ho Novelty Red Knit Legging – £10 – Primark
I have a pair of these back home but in different colours and I kid you not they’re so comfy! They’re great to lounge around the house in on a lazy Winter day and because they’re tight fitting they’re super warm.

6. Novelty Christmas Reindeer Hot Water Bottle – £10 – boohoo.com
Okay okay so I know it’s not knitwear or even clothing for that matter but how cute is this water bottle cover!? Snuggling with this at night would really get you into the festive spirit.

7. Fashion Union Christmas Pudding Pug Jumper – £20 – lipsy.co.uk
This has to be one of the cutest Christmas jumper I’ve ever seen. It’s a Christmas pugging! Get it? Eh? I’m hilarious I know.

8. Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Muggle – £8.08 – Etsy
Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan and I love the play on the Home Alone quote on this jumper, so I think I’m going to buy one of these from the Etsy Australia store and save it for Aussie winter. There are loads of shops on Etsy that do this jumper so have a look around for different colours or designs, there are some really lovely ones on there.

I actually really enjoyed writing this post and creating the graphic showing my selection of favourites, so over the next week of blogmas I’m going to do a few more of these and I hope you guys enjoy reading these too!

 

Until tomorrow,
Liv
xo

BLOGMAS DAY 1: TOP 8 CHRISTMAS MOVIES

Well hello there! The Christmas season is finally upon us, and what better way to get into the seasonal spirit than to partake in Blogmas. For the next 25 days I’m going to try and post once every day with a super Christmassy theme, whether it be an ultimate Christmas playlist or documenting my attempt to make no-bake cookies (ah the struggles of living in a hostel without an oven). I’m really excited to get stuck into this, especially because it’s currently 30 degrees in Sydney so I need something to remind me that it’s not the middle of July.

Considering I only just decided this morning to do Blogmas I thought I’d start off with a quick and simple post for day one. Living and working in a hostel means I don’t have a sofa and a TV, but I do have Netflix on my iPad and a bottom bunk cave, so I’ll still be having Christmas movie marathons. There are films that I watch religiously every December, but I’ve narrowed them down to a list of 8.

1. Jingle All The Way
I know that as soon as I watch this film it’ll make me miss home. It’s my Mum’s favourite Christmas film and it’s become a yearly tradition to watch it together as soon as it comes on Sky Movies. Released in 1996 and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, it follows a Dad trying to make amends with his son by finding him the most wanted gift of the holiday season. But along the way problems arise and it turns into a great family comedy.

2. The Grinch
Of course this green-faced Scrooge makes the list. It’s a classic and always makes my heart grow three sizes. Pun intended.

3. Elf
Another classic. Buddy the Elf never fails to bring a smile to my face and reminds me that you don’t have to be a kid to still enjoy Christmas. There are so many quotes from this film that I always use in daily life, moreso in the run up to Christmas. I don’t think I’ve actually met anyone who doesn’t like this film, and if don’t like it well, you’re just a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I know, I know, it’s technically a Halloween film. But I don’t care, it’s still acceptable to watch as a Christmas film too. Singing along to ‘What’s This?’ and ‘Kidnap The Sandy Claws’ is enough to get me into the Christmas spirit. Plus because it’s also a Halloween film I can watch it in October. It’s the best of both worlds.

5. The Santa Clause
I know it’s a trilogy but putting all three on the list would take the mick a bit, so I’ll just list the first and you can pretend the other two are also on here. Like Jingle All The Way, it’s a classic that will never get old. It’s another film that I always watch with my Mum and this year I’ll be watching it with a cup of tea and a packet of Tim Tams.

6. Home Alone
You can’t have a Christmas movie list without Home Alone. I don’t even need to explain why it’s one of my favourites.

7. Jack Frost
A real tearjerker to watch this month is Jack Frost. I remember the first time I watched it as a kid and I was sobbing. I didn’t watch it again until years later but I think I can now compose myself to watch it again because it really is a good film, even though it traumatized my 6-year-old self.

8. Nativity
More recent than the other films on the list, Nativity is a good British comedy that makes me think of Year 2 when we did the nativity and I got to play an angel after two years of being cast as a shepard wearing a tea towel on my head. I think I enjoy this film so much because the kids play such a big role in the comedy of it all and do it so well. It’s makes it different from the rest, and the following two sequels don’t ruin the franchise either.

So there you have it, eight of my favourite Christmas films that I’ll be watching this month. I’ll probably hit publish and then think of loads more, but hey at least that gives me an idea for another post if I’m falling short of blogmas ideas.

Until tomorrow,
Liv
xo