BLOGMAS – DAY 19 – Things to do in London at Christmas

Hey guys,

Today is the 19th day of my blogmas and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone!

I hope you’re all having a lovely Tuesday so far!

It’s amazing how much more there is to do during Christmas time, of course this depends on where you live but if you’re like me and live in London you’ll know there is SO much to do! And I never seem to be able to do it all in one year! By the end of the season I’m always saying to myself “I will make sure that I do that next Christmas” and the list in my head just gets longer and longer….

So let’s get started!

Here are some things that you can do in London at Christmas time:

Winter Wonderland– this is my favourite place to visit at Christmas time! If you’ve never been but live close enough too then you definitely should! There’s so many things to do and see!

Here are some pictures from when I went earlier this month.

Carnaby Street – I’ve only been here once but I loved it! It’s more carnival style than Christmassy but is so beautiful, so many colours! Here are some pictures from when I went.

  • Christmas Markets – these are the BEST at Christmas time! They help you feel festive and have such cute and unique little gifts that are good for yourself or others. There are quite a few Christmas markets in London, here are the ones that I know of:
  • winter wonderland
  • south bank
  • Leicester Square
  • North Greenwich

Picture above: Leicester Square Christmas Market

Kew Garden Christmas Lights – I’m actually going here tomorrow with Graham, can’t wait! Keep your eyes peeled out on my Instagram to see pictures of it!

Oxford Street Lights – you are bound to see the Christmas lights at Oxford Street at least once if you live in London! This year they have used angles which is really sweet and pretty!

Ice skating – whether this be at Somerset house, winter wonderland, Queensway or just any of those pop up ice rinks; ice skating is a must do activity in the winter! You’re already wrapped up so you might as well!

Of course there are lots of other things to do during Christmas time in London, there are websites that show events that are going on in London all you have to do is google!

What is your favourite thing to do at Christmas time?

If you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here

Thank you for reading,

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 11 – What Christmas means to me

Hey guys,

Christmas has a special meaning to a lot of people but a lot of people like it for many different reasons.

What it means to me

Christmas is my favourite time of year and to me it means spending time with those close to me (friends, family… etc). Relaxing, watching Christmas movies, going Christmas shopping. Also about giving back to those who mean a lot to me to show my appreciation and gratitude. I also spend this time reflect on all that’s happened in the past year and how I want things to go in the next year!

My favourite things about Christmas
  1. I am a huge chocolate lover so of course the excuse to eat more of it would make me very happy! When I was little I used to have two advent calendars (one for the morning and one for the afternoon
  2. Going to visit the Christmas markets and winter wonderland. Not only are Christmas markets probably the most instagramable thing, they’re often filled with the best atmosphere as every one is getting into the festive spirit! Winter wonderland is also one of my most favourite things as it has so much to do and can appeal to nearly everyone! It’s become a new tradition that I have to go there every year at Christmas time!
  3. Watching Christmas movies all snuggled up with a hot drink and listening to the Christmas songs, keeps my festive spirit sky high!
What Christmas means to others

Sophie “Christmas to me means spending time with people who you care about, taking some time out for yourself to be festive and enjoy the season, and give to others wherever you can”

Bexa “Christmas is all about family, friends, food & fun! I love that it is a season for giving, spreading love, joy & making people happy! It’s such a special and memorable time of year, it’s brilliant!”

Lise “Christmas for me is a season of being selfless and paying some extra attention to those close to you and others who need a little something to get through the holidays. I love volunteering and giving gifts and enjoying the looks on people’s faces afterwards.”

Rebecca “Christmas is seeing people’s faces light up, eating delicious food, de-stressing the mind and most importantly giving to others. I love spending time with all my family and doing the same thing at Christmas we’ve done year in year out.”

Scandi Lifestyle “Christmas is about slowing down after another year has past, spend time with family and friends and just enjoy yourself.”

Jenny “To me it means spending quality time with family as I’ve grown up and realised it’s not all about the presents. It’s about spending quality time with family and enjoying the food and family time.”

Angela “To me it’s all about getting to decorate your house all pretty and cozy, taking the time to watch movies with my boyfriend on the couch with a cozy blanket and having Christmas dinner with the whole family! I just love the concept of kids running around playing and the adults sitting on the table talking…I also love that you get to do a lot of baking!”

Shrina “Family time, being with the ones you love and the start of making new memories”

It’s lovely to hear everyone’s different meanings as everyone’s reasons are so different and unique.

What does Christmas mean to you? Leave a comment below

Thank you for reading today’s post! If you missed yesterday’s post (favourite festive songs) you can check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 6 – My Christmas traditions

Hey guys,

Happy Wednesday! We’re already halfway through the week woohoo!

Today’s Blogmas post is going to be on my Christmas traditions, if you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here.

When I initially thought of this idea I thought I had more traditions than I actually do, so it may be a little brief! But I guess it’s more about the quality of the traditions than the quantity, right?

So let’s get started, my Christmas traditions are:

• Spending a day with my parents putting up Christmas decorations (spoke in more detail in yesterday’s post)

• 12 days of chocolate- my dad used to hide 12 chocolate angels on my Christmas tree and on the 12 days leading up to Christmas I was allowed to eat one piece of chocolate. They used to tell me that fairies put them on the tree for me. (Definitely going to do this for my future children)

• Opening a present on Christmas Eve, me and my mum and dad used to all sit together and would choose one present to open (we weren’t allowed to choose the big ones)

• Box of chocolates, mostly heroes or celebrations on the whole month of December. We would snack on them when watching Christmas movies. It was so cute

• Having our Christmas meal all together, with crackers of course!

• On Christmas Day after opening presents, we sit down and watch a Christmas movie that’s normally on ITV1 together then my mum starts cooking and me and my dad watch another movie together

• When I was younger my parents would bring me to Butlins, which is like a holiday camp/park (sort of) which is great for children! I used to love going there

• We always would go see a pantomime, I used to love it so much!

That’s all of them! (I double checked with my dad) you may have noticed that I used past tense in some of the traditions as I no longer do some of them now as I’ve gotten older and the relationship with my parents has changed dramatically.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s posts and can relate to some of my traditions!

Please leave a comment on what your traditions are, I’d love to hear about them!

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 5 – sharing my Christmas tree 🎄

Hey guys, welcome to day 5 of my Blogmas!

In today’s post I am going to show you my Christmas tree and talk about any meaningful decorations that I have!

If you’ve missed yesterday’s post (gift guide for her) you can check it out here.

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is putting the Christmas tree up and decorating the whole house Christmassy! It just makes the house so cosy and festive which makes it even nicer during the festive season.

We normally set up the tree on the first weekend in December, so this year the tree went up on Saturday the 2nd of December.

When I was younger the routine was that my dad would put up the tree and me and my mum would put up the decorations. Now it’s slightly different, my dad still puts up the tree, my mum decorates most of the tree and I do the finishing touches.

When I was little, the tradition was that I would get to choose one new decoration each year, that stopped for a few years but has started again this year!

So without further ado let me show you my tree(s) and some meaningful decorations!

This is my Christmas tree, over the years it’s gotten smaller as my mum doesn’t like wide trees, I personally preferred it when it was wider but it’s still cute like this! Obviously my cat is a fan, unlimited amount of ‘toys’ dangling there for her to play with..

This decoration was bought for me by my Nan, it’s been my favourite colour for years and I love how pretty it looks! It’s meaningful as it represents the love she has for our family.

This is also a favourite of mine as it was bought for me by my auntie who I am really close with. I love how cute the elf is as well!

This is one of my favourites as I got it when I was a child and wanted to be a princess, my parents always said it was me and places it near the top each year!

This is the Christmas tree that I have in my bedroom, it’s not as impressive as a big tree but I love it and it makes my room feel extra Christmassy!

This is a decoration that Graham bought me from Winter Wonderland this year, I love it!

Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope you enjoyed seeing my Christmas tree and hearing some of the meanings behind it. Tomorrow’s post will be ‘my Christmas traditions’ which I’ve slightly touched on in today’s post.

When do you normally put up you Tree? Comment below

Love, Jess x

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