Blogmas Day 18: Carols by Candlelight

The church looks gorgeous at this time of year. And nothing makes it look prettier, than a candlelit service. And nothing says (or perhaps, sings is more apt) Christmas like a good old-fashioned carol service. And on Sunday, after a frantic day of organising, running and speaking at a youth service, having a Christmas lunch […]

Blogmas 15: Decorating the family (Christmas) tree

My Mum works like a Trojan. She’s a nurse, you see. Her work just never seems to be done. Hence why she sadly hasn’t had time to put up the family Christmas tree. So this responsibility fell to me instead. She asked me to do it. And seeing as I’ve been trying so hard to […]

Blogmas Day 12: Crazy Christmas Lights

Every year, a house in my hometown, goes a little bit crazy for Christmas. And each year, they seem to deck their exterior halls bigger and better than before. I dread to think what their electricity bill is at the end of this month. It must be through the roof – a little like the […]

Blogmas Day 11: A family trip to Lewes

This weekend, Oli and I went to Lewes with my parents for a Christmassy, family day. If you haven’t been to Lewes before than I strongly recommend that you do. It’s a cute little place, full of Antique shops, amazing coffee shops, a Castle, bookish stores a plenty and cobbled stones. It’s quaint and pretty […]

Blogmas Day 9: Notes on why XMAS upsets me

Ok, so I’ll begin with the fact that I’m a Christian. And so for me Christmas is all about Christ. The clue is in the name really; CHRISTmas. Jesus is the reason for the season. Literally. And as much as I love Father Christmas, reindeer’s, candy canes and multi-coloured fairy lights, I love Christ more. […]

Blogmas Day 8: How to fill a stocking for a four year old for under £20

My Mum told me that this year I will not be getting a stocking. And I’ve had a stocking for the past 24 years, so this comes as a serious blow. I’m a little bit gutted. But I guess, now that I’m getting married, I am too much of an adult to wake up to […]

Blogmas Day 7: A Gingerbread house of sorts

Yesterday, was a particularly Christmassy one. It involved a lot of icing sugar, sweets, ginger, cinnamon and a whole heap of baking trays. It was sweet to say the least. I’ve always wanted to make a Gingerbread house but for one reason or another, I’ve never actually gotten around to it. And whenever I’ve suggested […]

Blogmas Day 6: Walking in a winter wonderland…

There’s frost outside, on the ground. And the air is nipping at my nose. Biting at it actually. My hands and lips are chapped. Big time. I should really remember to moisture at night. But I couldn’t be happier. I love summer don’t get me wrong but I love wrapping up warm too, donning my […]

Blogmas Day 2: Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

I love an enchanted forest or a woodland. Or whatever it is you want to call it. I love colourful lights and trees and winter nights and I love walking around holding a hot drink in a take away cup; it makes me feel sophisticated and accomplished. Sad, but true. So when I saw Syon […]