Being home for the holidays feels even more special after being away at university for most of the year, and it really rings true to me how irrelevant gifts are in the grand scheme of things (although they’re lovely) and the importance of being with loved ones. My family have lived in the same village in Wales for about 7 years, and so it’s the place I associate with the season. We’ve made our Christmas traditions here, like getting drunk and hitting the driving range at the golf club up the road, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Traditions are a major part of my Christmas, and most of them I’ve stuck to religiously each year. I have always gone to pick out the best real tree (I’m a firm believer that artificial trees just aren’t the same) with my Dad, and insisted we all wear Santa hats while decorating. Usually after about ten minutes I would become chief decorator as my Mum, Dad and brother would drift off and do their own thing – but being the OCD way I am this secretly pleased me and I’d happily take over while listening to our one and only Christmas CD.
Party season is officially upon us as the month of sparkles, surprises and Santa has arrived. The countdown for Christmas has begun (whether the Scrooges out there like it or not) and I’m super excited to finish this term of uni, get my last minute shopping done and spend the rest of December drinking too much prosecco, eating too much buffet food and catching up with friends and family. Winter clothes are either snuggly warm or shimmery and glam and I’ve picked out my best finds of both to get through chilly days and fancy nights in the run up to the best day of the year.
With less than a week till Santa comes our way, I’ve compiled my last minute list in case the big man has any extra room left in his sleigh… It includes more party gear (because we can definitely drag the party season out until at least February) and inspirations for the New Year.
Win £25 worth of vouchers to spend at Birmingham Bullring!
Christmas is fast approaching (yay!), so after stocking up on presents for friends and family, what better gift to yourself is there than a free shopping trip? The Bullring is famous for its great retailers, with a fab selection of favourite shops to stock up on wardrobe essentials for the new year. I’ve bagged some great fashion bargains on recent outings there, including vintage buys and high street finds (not to mention spending hours lusting in Selfridges) and always look forward to visiting again.
So, I’m playing Santa this year and have teamed up with CLC World to bring you a *FREE* competition giving you the chance to win £25 worth of vouchers to spend in Birmingham’s Bullring! All you need to do to enter is follow the below links, to like both my Facebook page and CLC World’s Facebook page. Then simply comment on my Facebook competition post (pinned to the top of my facebook page) telling me what you would spend your vouchers on – and before you know it you could be on your way to treating yourself in the January sales!
The winner will be announced on the 6th of January – good luck!
What better way to end my first term back at university than with a short stay in London to get in the Christmas mood? There’s nowhere quite as bustling with festivity as the capital, and considering my boyfriend has NEVER BEEN, the perfect excuse was upon us.
Where we stayed