Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My favourite Christmas films

Writing about Fred Claus inspired me to write about my favourite Christmas films. There is nothing I like better than snuggling down to watch a Christmas film on the run up to the big day. Especially whilst wrapping presents whilst the tree lights are twinkling. In no particular order, here are my top five.

Home Alone

This was on last Sunday so I've already watched it for this year. Macaulay Culkin is left home alone when his family go on vacation for the holidays. 2 crooks attempt to burgle his home, hilarity ensues. He is so adorable in this film, the soundtrack is great, his house is gorgeous and there's a teary moment when he wakes up to find his family have made it home for Christmas.


I think Elf is most people's favourite Christmas film. I imagine it will on tv nearer to Christmas so make sure you watch it if you've never seen it. Will Ferrel is Buddy, an Elf in Santa's workshop who is actually a human. He causes all sorts of chaos when he travels to New York to visit his real father. Zooey Deschanel sings cute Christmas songs. It's a good 'un.

Holiday Inn

Now for an old fashioned Christmas film. I've never seen this on tv but the DVD is fairly cheap. Bing Crosby decides to set up a hotel that is only open during a national holiday (much like the idea for this blog) and has a tiff with Fred Rogers over a gal he's met. Bing sings White Christmas, Fred dances like a drunken maniac, it's genius.

A Muppet's Christmas Carol

Probably my favourite. Muppets AND Michael Caine. Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with a couple of songs chucked in for merriment. I continuously sing "One more sleep 'til Christmas' on Christmas Eve. Classic story, classic muppets.

Love Actually

Genuine burst into tears every second film. Lots of interconnecting stories set in London, during the run up to Christmas. Pure joy. Excellent cast, funny, sentimental. Everything you want in a Christmas story.

What are your favourite Christmas films? Anymore I can add to my list?

Monday, 26 November 2012

2012 special tree decorations.

I'm very lucky to have a 7ft tree to decorate. I hate it looking bare so I save money by filling it with plain, cheap baubles (Tesco, Wilkinsons, Poundland) are great for cheap bauble sets and buy a few special decorations each year.
In 2012, I have added four new special decorations to my tree. Special decorations are one off decorations, more expensive than standard baubles that I proudly display at the front of my tree.
My first was from Hobbycraft

They had much bigger ones that I wanted to hang on my wall but they weren't quite bit enough. I settled for this little guy for my tree instead. It was £1.99.

I got the other three from Marks and Spencer's where they were on 3 for 2 offer.

This is a glass bauble filled with tiny gold star confetti.

Tiny white metal wreath with gold bow

A tiny front door. I liked the idea of having the year on it, I will be able to reminisce about 2012 when I hang it on my tree in years to come.
These were all £2.50 each and I got one free with the offer.
As you can tell, my tree is themed with white and gold. I find it extremely difficult to find special decorations in these colours so it makes them extra special when I do.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sunday Christmas film

In the UK, channel four have started showing Christmas films every Sunday, starting with Home Alone last week.

Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to snuggle up, drink hot chocolate and watch a Christmas film. As you can tell, I'll be looking forward to Sunday afternoons every week from now on!

This week's film is Fred Claus


Fred Claus has become a favourite of mine over the last few years. It stars Vince Vaughn(who I LOVE) as Santa's brother Fred. It has the usual Christmas message but isn't as saccharine as some other Christmas films.

Fred Claus is on Channel 4, today at 17:10.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

First post

This is my first post on my new blog. I used to write about beauty and fashion on Sianinsouthsea but I found my love for writing about those things dried up.

I very much enjoy writing, however, and have realised that my current favourite things are holidays. Halloween, Valentine's day and most importantly, Christmas. So why not write about the things I'm currently enjoying?

So here is Blogging about the holidays. As you can imagine, it will be filled with festive cheer from now until January.

I'm putting up my Christmas decorations next week but I couldn't resist putting some Christmas lights around a picture in my living room today.

These are battery powered LED lights from Poundland. Absolutely the best thing Poundland sell. I got three packs back in September and these are in the shape of little trees.

Happy holidays!