Blogger Gift Swap Present 2016! // Blogmas Day 17

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My Christmas Traditions! // Blogmas Day 12

Now we’re really getting into the festivities. As the month wears on, and the Big Day looms nearer, even the most Grinchiest of us can get a little caught up in the Christmas Spirit. And, as I’ve been feeling unusually more festive than average this year, I thought I’d get all nostalgic, and share with you guys, some of my favourite personal Christmas traditions that I partake in…

1. Putting the Star on the Tree

This is one that has stemmed from the very depths of my childhood, right up until this year (and will beyond!). It has always, religiously, been my job to put the star on our main living-room Christmas tree.

That poor star is probably as old as me, and just as battered, but as an only child, there’s no fuss about who’s going to do what every Christmas in my family. I erect the tree (oo-er), Mum embellishes it, and I put the star on top. That’s just the way it goes. And Christmas has not officially started until that star is on top of the tree. It just hasn’t.

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2. Advent Calendars

A vert popular tradition, but a tradition nonetheless. Every year, I’ll have an advent calendar. And it’s got to be chocolate. Those fancy beauty, candle, homeware, whatever they are advent calendars are cool and stuff… but they’re no match for a crappy, cheap-y chocolate advent calendar from Tescos, that you forget to open for a week. Ain’t nothing better. Here’s mine for this year (it came free in the Mail on Sunday (don’t ask, my mum gets it)):

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Isn’t it just great?

3. Christmas at Connor’s

This one’s a fairly (actually very) new tradition, but one that I hope will stand the test of time for many years into the future.

Last year (2015), I was lucky enough to spend Christmas Eve with Connor’s family (Connor being my boyfriend, for those who don’t know). They are literally my second family, and I don’t know what I’d do without them sometimes. They have been so good to me, and letting me spend a special family-oriented day with them every year is just one of the reasons why I am so grateful. Last year was spent baking awesome Christmas goodies, talking a winter-y walk on the beach, and the longest ever game of Monopoly. But I wouldn’t change a moment of it, and I can’t wait to see what this year – and every year in the future – holds for that special day.

4. Christmas Eve Presents

So, after spending Christmas Eve with Connor and his lovely family, on Christmas Eve night, I go home to Mum and we chat, have tea, watch Christmas stuff on the telly, and then we have our own little cheeky tradition. We open one present each, just before bed.

It’s bad, I know, but we can’t help ourselves. And we always help each other out with what to open, if we know what the other has got. We both like to try and find something we can use that night, like a new pair of PJs, slippers, or a DVD to watch before bed. It’s just something we’ve always done, to get excited for the day ahead of us, and it’s something we’ve shared for as long as I can remember.

5. Santa’s Snacks

Then, as Christmas Eve draws to a close, and it’s almost time for bed, eyes are getting tired and we just can’t stay awake any more, Mum and I will start to set out Santa’s presents. It’s nothing big, but every year, we do exactly the same thing.

There’s the glass of milk and a plate with a mince pie or two for Santa on the dining room table, and by the door, a bowl of water and a plate with a carrot on for the reindeer that might wander in.

As childish as it is, it’s one of our most special traditions, and even last year (at the age of 17), we still did the whole rigmarole before going to bed. And then, when we wake up in the morning, the carrot is always bitten in half, the water drunk, the milk gone and just the foil wrapper of the mince pie left. And even now, at 18, I’m still going to walk downstairs and say “Wow! I can’t believe it’s gone!”, and my Mum is still going to smile and say “I know, he was hungry!”, and we’re going to carry on with Christmas Day, just like we always have.

There you go, guys! A bit more of a personal post today, but I hope you liked it! And I hope it’s maybe given you some nostalgia of your favourite Christmas traditions (let me know what they are in the comments!), and maybe to those who are starting families, given you some ideas of traditions to start with your own.

As a quick disclaimer: I’m aware that everyone celebrates differently, and that many do not celebrate at all. That is perfectly okay, and I hope you guys have a nice winter! As for those who do celebrate, but strictly religiously, I hope not to cause any offence with my traditions, and I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas.

Have a good evening guys, and see you tomorrow for the next day of blogmas!

Jess

 

 

Winter Weekend OOTD // Blogmas Day 11

To follow on from my last outfit of the day post from Autumn, I thought I’d make this a little seasonal tradition (that may one day turn into a look-book, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves shall we?). So without all the waffle (as per usual), here’s my Winter Outfit of the Day, with some nice winter-y woods-y walk photos (photography credit to Connor).

All links to items that I can find online will be at the bottom of the post! Enjoy!

 

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For this casual weekend walk outfit, I went comfy as hell. Which is, to be honest, what I’m all about.

My coat, featured previously in my Autumn OOTD, is a Dorothy Perkins purchase, and has got me through many a cold winter morning! DSCF1120.JPG

This awesomely cuddly mint green jumper is from New Look, and I’ve been kind of obsessed with these. As in I already have two of the colours, and am planning on getting a third. They’re so cheap, so cheerful, and soo soft.DSCF1116.JPG

As for my bottom half (oo-er), my jeans are just some simple high wasted skinnies from Primark (where else?) And these have managed to last since about May, and still going strong, amazing for the price! Will definitely be finding some more of these for 2017…

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The credit of my incredible Doc-Marten-style boots (but not) goes to Connor’s family, who bought me them last Christmas (and I’m afraid I have no idea where they’re from) but they’ve had so much wear, and still going strong into next year! They’re the perfect study walking boot, that also gives me the style of a Doc Marten (while also being so much more comfortable – in my opinion).

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Accessories time…both coming from H&M, this gorgeous beige bobble hat (also featured in my last OOTD… sorry for the repetition… I don’t go shopping a lot) and my cool-as-hell black cat-eye sunglasses have been staples for me so far this winter, and I’m sure they’ll continue to be. Especially on lovely winter walks like this, where the sun was shining, but it was also bloody cold.

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And there we have it, my Winter Weekend OOTD for 2016. Keep an eye out for some more outfit of the day posts in 2017 (hopefully with some more variety!). Hope you guys have all had a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see you tomorrow for blogmas day 12!

Camel Coat – Dorothy Perkins Petites

Green Boxy Jumper – New Look

High Waisted Blue Skinny Jeans – Primark

Bobble Hat – H&M

Cat-Eye Sunglasses – H&M