Let’s Talk Christmas.

Some of you, like myself, will be ecstatic for this post, Christmas only just around the corner we’re all starting to slip into those festive pjs, get the Christmas activities going and turning up a bit of Buble. Whilst others may give a unanimous sigh at the thought. Alas I cannot please all, let’s talk Christmas.

And when I got a very exciting email asking if I wanted to be a part of the Satsuma Thrifty Christmas Campaign, I couldn’t say no. It is such a fab idea and, meant I was able to write a post about Christmas! So I thought I’d share my plans for the festive season, and some little ways you can get festive too (and for those bloggers out there, some Blogmas ideas too!)

Shall we begin?

First of all I wanted to share my thoughts on ‘the true meaning of Christmas’. Which simply, to me, is giving. Giving can mean a lot of things, the obvious of giving gifts, giving appreciation or gratitude, giving a moment of thought towards the new year ahead, giving love, there’s so much to it. And after a few months of feeling major grateful in so many ways. I feel it’s time to give back to the world. So I have decided this Christmas to do a reverse advent.

A what?? You ask, let me explain. Every day, like you’d grab your advent calendar, tear open the little box and savour on a chocolate telling your tastebuds it’s one less day to go. I will be going to my cupboards and finding maybe a tin of beans, some pasta, and placing it in a box. At the end of advent I will then take said box to donate to the food bank. We all deserve to have the well fed Christmas so many of us take as a normality.

Other plans for the festive season are mainly our family traditions. Something we all hold very close to our hearts, and believe it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. The first has actually just passed, in the October half term my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins come down to the Cotswolds, they rent a cottage or converted barn of sorts and spend a week or so down here. We don’t usually see them until Christmas after that, so this is where Christmas planning begins. We sit down and bring out our collection of Christmas magazines we’ve all collected over the last few weeks and flick through as many as we can, writing down gift ideas, food ideas, anything Christmassy! Without this, I don’t know how I’d get into my Christmas spirit!

We also always visit Startford-Apon-Avon, why there? I honestly don’t know. But again, if I wasn’t to go there, I wouldn’t feel Christmassy. We go up, get some lunch then ponder about the shops all decked up ready for Christmas, it’s where the Christmas shopping begins. Startford is also such a pretty place and at Christmas is simply wonderful.

A personal tradition of mine as well is your classic, decorate the bedroom all festive, get some hot chocolate, wrap presents and write cards whilst watching Christmas films (my favourites The Polar Express).

If that hasn’t got you wanting to wrap yourself in tinsel then here are some ideas for you to get festive this season:

  • Physically go Christmas shopping, the earlier the less crowds, the more fun!
  • Get a Costa or Starbucks, need I say more?
  • Watch old Vlogmases or read old Blogmases
  • Watch a Christmas film with a warm drink (or, if you’re old enough, something a little more cheeky) and blankets
  • Fill the room with festive scents
  • Go to a garden centre, they always have the best Christmas decorations!
  • Go to a Christmas market
  • If you’re a blogger, plan/write Blogmas posts or just Christmassy posts!
  • Take yourself back to your primary school days and make a cute Christmas decoration
  • Spend time with family, friends, those who mean most to you

Finally, if you are also a blogger and maybe planning on doing Blogmas but maybe can’t think of that many posts, here are some ideas for you:

  • Christmas themed makeup look (SFX or normal makeup)
  • Your Christmas traditions
  • Looking back at Christmas through the years
  • Your tips and ideas on getting in the festive spirit
  • A Christmas DIY
  • A Christmas tree tour
  • Wrapping ideas
  • Log a Christmassy day out
  • Get baking, share a recipe or share some little easy Christmas treat ideas

I love talking about Christmas. And I am so ready. So, I hope you liked this little bundle of festive talk, and the ideas!!

Until next time,

Em x



  1. 14/11/2016 / 2:04 pm

    I AM BUZZING FOR CHRISTMAS ๐Ÿ˜€ I love this post ๐Ÿ™‚ super cute. So much love for you xxxx

    • 14/11/2016 / 2:06 pm

      SAME GAL SAME! Thank you so so much lovely, it was so much fun to write aha! Awww you cutie, so much love for you too! xxxx

  2. 14/11/2016 / 2:15 pm

    I’m getting too excited for Christmas now!! Love all your ideas at the end!


    • 14/11/2016 / 2:17 pm

      As am I, it’s so close!! Thank you lovely! x

  3. Elyse
    14/11/2016 / 3:21 pm

    I LOVE your traditions. I pulled out the Christmas music and movies this weekend but my husband insists that I don’t decorate until November 25th so that part will wait. Ah well, it’s ALMOST here!

    • 14/11/2016 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you!! Aha yeah my dads very anti Christmas until the end of November really, but it’s just around the corner ahhh!

    • 14/11/2016 / 4:25 pm

      It’s so cute isn’t it! X

  4. 14/11/2016 / 5:07 pm

    I honestly cannot wait for Christmas! I am definitely doing Blogmas this year! I loved doing it last year and I plan on being way more prepared this year! Thank you for the ideas and for helping to put me in the Christmas spirit!

    • 14/11/2016 / 5:35 pm

      Neither! Blogmas is going to be so so good I can’t wait to read all of them! I’m trying to be organised with it aha, you’re so very welcome lovely I’m glad you liked it!

  5. Tiffany Rawling (@TiffanyRawling)
    14/11/2016 / 5:14 pm

    I am so excited for christmas! I’ve already started placing a few little decorations around my flat haha, just waiting for a good time to put up the tree! Love your blog ideas at the end!

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • 14/11/2016 / 5:22 pm

      Same!! Ahh no way, my parents are making us wait a little longer but I can’t wait! Thank you!! x

  6. e l l y ๐ŸŒ™ (@ellymitchelll)
    14/11/2016 / 5:15 pm

    Ahhhh I love this post because I can just imagine you tapping away at your keyboard waiting to be able to talk about festivities and then we hit November and you’re just like CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS – I AM THE SAME.

    I’m so, so excited! I also love how you’ve mentioned the traditional values of Christmas too – I do think a lot of people still oversee the meaning of this time of year.

    Not long to go now! xx

    • 14/11/2016 / 5:25 pm

      Ahaha that is literally me in a nutshell!! I’ve been waiting so long and now November is here and Halloween and Bonfire night is over I’m like YES CHRISTMAS LETS DO THIS. Ahh thank you!! They do, alas Christmas has become very commercial but I love traditions, they make Christmas for me! Ahhh so exciting! xx

  7. 14/11/2016 / 5:28 pm

    I’m SOO excited for Christmas after reading this. Already started doing my blogmas posts, and can’t wait to get posting!!

    • 14/11/2016 / 5:37 pm

      Ahh I’m glad!! I’m trying but this organisation isn’t going well!! Neither xo

  8. 14/11/2016 / 5:36 pm

    I am in the Christmas all thanks to you. The donating food isn’t such a genuine and nice thing you’re doing. Also, I love your family traditions. They sound super fun. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–

    • 14/11/2016 / 6:11 pm

      Aww I’m glad! Ahh bless you, i really want to help people at this time of year and thought it’d be a good idea! Thank you lovely!! xo

    • 14/11/2016 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you!! Neither can I! xo

  9. 14/11/2016 / 6:16 pm

    I’m so excited for Christmas and Can’t wait for December to start! I have been planning Christmas themed posts for the past month!

    Sarah | http://www.whatsarahwrites.com

    • 14/11/2016 / 6:34 pm

      Neither can I! Ahhh weldone you that’s so organised!! I need to do more planning aha! x

  10. 14/11/2016 / 6:42 pm

    I’m very excited for Christmas this year, so this was a lovely read ๐Ÿ™‚

    Will definitely be logging “Christmassy days out” on my blog too xx

    • 15/11/2016 / 7:35 am

      Ahh I’m glad!! Amazing, they’re such lovely posts to do and read xx

  11. 14/11/2016 / 6:47 pm

    This is such a great idea, we’ll all your ideas are dope! Definitely have to save this post๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• Christmas time is definitely a time for giving and I plan on doing just that. ALONG with some Christmas based posts on my blog! Stay tuned I have a Christmas wishlist post coming up!!

    • 15/11/2016 / 7:36 am

      Thank you so much!! Aww that’s lovely good on you! Of course aha, ahh awesome I’ll look out for it!!

    • 15/11/2016 / 7:37 am

      Ahhh as am I gal don’t worry you aren’t alone!!

  12. effieisbored
    15/11/2016 / 10:05 am

    Thanks for this post. I’m just new to blogging and I was considering doing Blogmas as a bit of a challenge. I think you’ve swayed me ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 15/11/2016 / 1:04 pm

      Ahh you’re so very welcome!! This will be my first blogmas too don’t worryโ˜บ๏ธ hope it all goes well!!

  13. 15/11/2016 / 3:35 pm

    Aw I love watching back on old vlogmases ๐Ÿ™ˆ Think I’ve seen Zoella’s ones about 20 times… loved this post, made me feel so Christmassy!! X

    • 15/11/2016 / 5:24 pm

      As do I it really gets me feeling festiveโ˜บ๏ธ aha don’t worry same!! Thank you lovely!! X

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:35 pm

      Ahh neither!! Ah thank you!

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:35 pm

      So have I I love them!! Thank you lovely x

  14. hilarice
    16/11/2016 / 8:11 pm

    THIS GOT ME SO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS! Only a few weeks away aaaah. Loved this so much! Love, Larice

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:36 pm

      AHH YAYAY! I know I’m so ready! Thank youuu x

  15. 16/11/2016 / 8:15 pm

    I love christmas! Great post hun come ssay hi im at beautyfruity17 on all accounts

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:36 pm

      Same! Thank you! Ah will do lovely

  16. 16/11/2016 / 8:17 pm

    This makes me so exited for Christmas!!! I started to watch Vlogmas a few weeks ago lol ahaha xox

  17. 16/11/2016 / 8:20 pm

    omg i loveee christmas!! ahh i cannot wait omg! great festive post! x


    • 17/11/2016 / 4:37 pm

      Sameee!! It’s the best time of the year! Thank you! X

  18. 16/11/2016 / 8:37 pm

    I love Christmas too! What a great post! Really put a smile on my face! Hot chocolate and wrapping Christmas presents is perfect! x

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:37 pm

      Yayay! Aww thank you so much I’m glad! It really is! X

  19. 16/11/2016 / 8:45 pm

    I love your blog, such a fab post and beautifully written! It has me feeling so festive and excited for Christmas! I’m so excited for Blogmas too and it’s my first time taking part โ˜บ๏ธ X

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:38 pm

      Oh my gosh thank you so much lovely!! Ahh I’m so glad! Ahh no way, it’s mine too I hope all goes well lovely and I can’t wait to read itโ˜บ๏ธ x

  20. Serena Reidy
    16/11/2016 / 8:46 pm

    Can’t wait for Christmas! I love going to markets at this time of year!

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:39 pm

      Same!! As do I they’re just the best!

  21. Hannah
    16/11/2016 / 8:55 pm

    This post makes me so excited for Christmas! I love your blog ideas for December/Blogmas!

    Hannah | alongsidehannah.blogspot.co.uk

    • 17/11/2016 / 4:39 pm

      Ahh I’m so glad!! Aww yay thank you!

  22. 17/11/2016 / 7:46 pm

    I’m going to be so busy on Christmas I’m not sure if I’m going to have enough time, but I’m already trying to prepare some posts for blogmas. Let’s see.. Is gonna be a big challenge.


    • 19/11/2016 / 5:27 pm

      I’m very much with you there, as much as I want to say I’m doing it I’m so busy, but it’s definitely something you play by ear! But if you do gal best of luck and I look forward to reading them! xo

  23. 21/11/2016 / 1:48 pm

    I love Christmas and I feel like being part of the blogging community makes me even more excited! You’re making me even more excited! I don’t think I’ll be doing blogmas as It’s far to much work for me!


    • 21/11/2016 / 2:06 pm

      That’s so true being in the blogging community has made me so so much more excited! Ahh I’m so glad! That’s fair enough, I am struggling to be fair aha! x

      • 21/11/2016 / 2:22 pm

        So am I! It’s a lot of posts to do but will be great fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. eviehibbitt
    01/12/2016 / 1:01 am

    Fantastic post, look forward to reading more throughout December ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 01/12/2016 / 8:52 pm

      Ahh I’m so glad you liked it lovely! x

  25. 01/12/2016 / 2:08 pm

    It’s my favorite time of the year! I love Christmas DIY’s and baking!

    • 01/12/2016 / 3:50 pm

      Same!! I know baking and making things just add this authenticity! X

    • 13/12/2016 / 8:59 am

      I know it’s crazy!!

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