Happy New Year!

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I’m back from the Christmas holidays to wish you all a happy new year!

Happy New Year! Hogmanay! Bonne année! (Those are the only languages I know without using translate).

I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! And I hope that 2014 is a great year for you all.

My hopes and ambitions for this year include: taking and passing my driving test, doing well in my A Level exams and finally in early October going to University. I know it won’t be easy but this year will be the hardest I have ever worked because I am determined to succeed at all the above.

Hopefully I will succeed and I hope my readers also have a great and successful year and fulfil all their ambitions.

Good luck in 2014 everyone!

Christmas shopping

So today I have completed all my Christmas shopping! Having done most of it on the first weekend of December all I had to shop for was my mum who was with me when I brought the rest of my Christmas presents and therefore I couldn’t buy hers then. So today I set out with the only mission of getting mum’s birthday present. I knew what to get her and where to go so I set off quite confident. Elbows at the ready due to how close it is now to Christmas I set off round Bath with my friend to buy the presents. And on all fronts it was a success.

The great things about Christmas…

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Christmas draws ever closer I thought this post would be very seasonally fitting.

Christmas is great isn’t it, and we all love it for different reasons. I know there are plenty of conventional reasons to love the Christmas holidays but I have plenty of unconventional reasons to share with you all…

Firstly… Christmas songs! I mean who doesn’t love a good Christmas song. They’re so full of joy and happiness and Christmas spirit and no matter how down or tired you’re feeling they never fail to perk you up. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!’

Secondly Christmas films. They’re are all great films but you have to wait till Christmas to watch them. So when December 1st rolls round again it’s time to crack out the Christmas films and get in the festive mood!

Thirdly it’s the only day (apart from your birthday and new year) when you can have chocolate or cake for breakfast and no one will question it.

As well as that it’s one of the only days in the year (apart from the obvious birthdays and weddings) when you can start drinking at midday and no one will bat an eyelash. ‘Christmas time mistletoe and wine…’

Then there’s the chaos… I know it’s a weird thing to like about Christmas but the chaos followed by the perfect Christmas day and Christmas meal always surprises me as you never really know if it’s all going to work out until suddenly you’re sat at the table pulling crackers and drowning you plate in gravy.

Next is the setting fire to the Christmas pudding, I mean who doesn’t love that. Despite hating Christmas pudding I always love to watch my grandad turn out the kitchen lights and set the pudding on fire. Really you could say it’s a Christmas tradition, at least in our house it is.

Christmas decorations are also a great thing about Christmas. Shinning lights. Glittering tinsel. And arrays of delicate baubles. The Christmas stands proudly in the dinning room or living room, decorated with care and surrounded by presents in a patchwork of paper.

Finally of course the food is also a major part of the Christmas experience. Mince pies. Chocolate log. Christmas pudding. Full roast dinners. And one of my favourites… the day after leftovers sandwich. A sandwich that beat all other sandwiches filled with turkey, sausage and stuffing, it is Christmas in a roll!

Christmas films

Cover of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole...

Cover via Amazon

Yet another Christmas themed post (sorry reader). This time it’s films and more particularly my top 10 Christmas films count down…

10. Holiday inn. Although old and in black and white (although you can buy a colourised copy now) this film is classic and very festive.

9. The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s child. Yes children’s stories but lovely films great for watching with all the family.

8. The wizard of oz. Not really a Christmas film but is on TV every Christmas and therefore has over time become a classic Christmas film.

7. White Christmas. Another classic and again in black and white. Some slightly awful scenery and props typical to the time but still a lovely film.

6. Home Alone. A little outdated now but still much loved. A great film to watch with all the family. The second Home Alone is also a great film and even more Christmassy.

5. Die Hard. Again not a Christmas film technically but instead has a Christmas party scene and puts you a Christmas mood. This one of course can be watched in November if you’re feeling a bit festive and don’t want to be judged for starting the Christmas films early.

4. Love actually. A beautifully festive chick flick!

3. The Nightmare before Christmas. A newish take on Christmas written by Tim Burton. Like all of Burtons films the characters are all gothic ‘Tim Burton’ style drawing in a film that brings together Halloween and Christmas.

2. How The Grinch who stole Christmas. Jim Carrey brings to life this evil yet in the end loveable character of The Grinch. This classic Dr Seuss book is turned into a great film filled with Seuss style buildings, vehicles and characters. This film will always be loved by all the family.

“And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day”

1. Elf. By far the best Christmas film ever, it’s happy, funny and sad all at once. A must watch every year, it will always be my favourite Christmas film!

Buddy the Elf what’s your favourite colour?’

Deck the Halls

20131202_181718Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la, laa… In our house today really was time to deck the halls and put up the Christmas decorations. So out came the tinsel, the lights, the baubles, the figurines and in our house a set of Santa Russian dolls.

 

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Tis the season…

English: A rendition of the musical notation f...

English: A rendition of the musical notation for the chorus of “Jingle Bells”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tis the season to be jolly…. fa la la la la, la la la la!

Christmas time mistletoe and wine, children singing Christian rhyme….

In case you were unaware reader Christmas is on it’s way and I am a little excited and festive.

Jingle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way…

Oh I do love a good Christmas song! What’s your favourite Christmas song reader? Why not tell me and Caesar who is also in the Christmas mood!