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Ho! Ho! Ho! The season is upon us! That’s right kids, Santa’s coming to town. It’s that time of the year again, where everyone gets together with their family, gives and receives gifts, and overeats. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or something else, this time is the time of year to get festive. So I’ve compiled a list of ways to make your festive time, even more festive. From food, homewares, to music and movies. My apologies though, as I personally celebrate Christmas, so I might lean towards Christmas a bit more than any other celebration. <3 

HOMEWARES/INTERIOR

This time of year is the perfect excuse to get out all of your candles and fairy lights and light up the inside (and outside) in a cute and cozy way. Bonus points if you light some scented candles that smell of winter spices, such as cinnamon, or like freshly baked gingerbread cookies. If you celebrate Christmas, why only limit yourself to one tree?? Get cute little Christmas trees and put them in your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, everywhere. 

This time of the year also tends to bring a slight chill with it, and some snow. That means it’s time to bang out all those cozy throws and pillows and put them absolutely e v e r y w h e r e. The sofa, your bed, chairs, you name it. Whether you want to go for some classic cozy colours, such as oranges, browns, reds, or greys; or you want to make them Christmas-y, your options are endless.

                 

FOOD

Of course, food is an essential element of the festive season. I was thinking about putting a recipe for a delicious roast turkey on here, but I assumed that most of us might be better off leaving our parents to do that kind of cooking… So instead, I  decided to keep it simple and leave it to baking. This season is the best season to whip up some sweet treats that are going to make the whole house smell like gingerbread or cinnamon. Whether you want to stick to the classic old gingerbread biscuits, or make some home-made mince pies, or try to whip up some of the classic Swiss cookies, I’d say go for it. It’s the perfect way to procrastinate and make your parents or teachers happy (if you’re willing to share, that is…). Have a quick Google and find some classic recipes, or maybe some other ones that you don’t yet know. 


MUSIC/MOVIES

Of course, Christmas movies and songs are a classic. Make yourself a Christmas playlist with the best winter bops, and get into the spirit with these songs and albums:

  1. Michael Bublé’s Christmas album – What else? You’re pretty much set with this album. Might as well not read the rest of this list.
  2. Justin Bieber’s Christmas album – Yes, I really do think this is a solid Christmas album. 
  3. Kylie Minogue’s Christmas album – Has the best version of “Santa Baby”.
  4. Mariah Carey’s Christmas album – All I Want For Christmas Is You is on it. The super festive version. You don’t need anything else.
  5. WHAM’s Last Christmas – A classic across many ages. 
  6. Ariana Grande’s Christmas songs/playlist –  Give it a go. 

Of course, Christmas movies cannot be ignored, so here’s a short list of the best ones:

  1. Home Alone – I C O N I C
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. Elf
  5. The Polar Express – My entire childhood.

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