Christmas is so close I can feel it*, so here's a list of seasonal stuff to get you feeling festive. A few of these items aren't directly Christmas-related, but I reckon the act of writing a list is festive in itself, seeing as Santa does it.
1. Homemade cards
For those occasions which require a card, I prefer to make my own. Partly because I think it's more personal, and partly for the excuse to use glitter glue. When my friends Alice and Clem recently threw a combined Christmas, House-warming and Engagement party I felt their card needed to be extra special; so I created one with cut-out badges and safety pins sellotaped to the inside. I've been informed they intend to wear their badges throughout the Christmas season. Hurrah!
|Image nicked from Alice|
I'm pretty sure Terry's Chocolate Oranges are for sale all year round, but I dutifully ignore them until Christmas time rolls around each year; and then eat them by the bucketload. I only wish they were genuinely as good for you as oranges, because I would be 85% Vitamin C by now.
|Approximately the number of chocolate oranges I've eaten this week.|
3. Christmas crafts
Last weekend, my two oldest girlfriends came round for an afternoon of Christmas craft. My friend Lucy brought me a Christmas present which contained everything we needed to decorate 3 papier-mache reindeer; including decoupage paper and glitter glue. I have no idea how she managed to sneak through the alarm system Tom's installed which prevents anything reindeer-shaped or sparkly from entering our house, but I'm ruddy glad she did because our deer look beautiful:
|Mine's the one on the right, inspired by Scary Spice. Obviously.|
We also got our bake on to make some delicious mince pies. For some unknown reason, Katy had NEVER BEFORE EATEN A MINCE PIE. Thankfully, she liked them. Otherwise we may have had to stop being friends with her.
4. Secret Santa
My work's Christmas 'do included a Secret Santa, and I received the Girls' Night In craft/baking/vintage-look book - which is so "me" I actually squeaked. It includes recipes for Popcorn Martinis(!!) and Candyfloss Cupcakes, and a bunting necklace tutorial. I can't wait to stuck into the craft section. Or the martinis.
|Awesome book and pretty things|
5. Mommo Design
I love discovering new and inspirational blogs to trawl through, and after stumbling across Mommo Design this morning I've been scrolling and pinning all day. Given that it's a blog based around collecting images of colourful interior design and dinosaurs from around the internet, it seemed inevitable that I would be something of a fan...
Most of the photos are of children's bedrooms, so I just want to reassure those of you who may have seen me pinning tons of these on Pinterest that I have nothing in the oven besides homemade mince pies. And the bump under my t-shirt is also due to homemade mince pies; because I've decided to get fat and jolly like Santa this Christmas.
6. Fantastic friends
In addition to the aforementioned Christmas craft day, this weekend we played hosts to a lovely, rowdy rabble of friends; which included several lively debates about the pros and cons of a multipack of Tesco biscuits. I also got to witness Fran's disgusted face when, as an anti-dunker, we peer-pressured her into dunking a Malted Milk; which was something Mastercard would definitely consider priceless.
|It looked like this, except with Fran's face rather than a small boy with the World's Shiniest Fringe.|
What have you been enjoying lately?
Wishing you all a very merry festivemas!
*In case you were wondering, Christmas feels like mulled-wine-related mid-afternoon drunkenness, a bellyache induced by too many Quality Street, and being hugged whilst snuggled in a cosy jumper.