Guest Post: Ten things that say 'Christmas' to me by Lisa, at Lisa's Notebook.

This is a guest post by Lisa at Lisa’s Notebook; click here to see her blog. 
I’m lucky enough to have been invited to write another guest post for Lydia on here ,this time for her Blogmas series. So, I thought I’d share ten things that always say Christmas to me. In no particular order we have:
1. The Nativity.
We’re lucky enough to live in a village and I think there’s no better place to witness the re-enactment of the Nativity. It seems like the whole village turns out to support the actors and animals, it’s a lovely coming together.
2. Christmas shows
In the same vein, we get to go to Flora’s school Christmas show and it really is a #proudmummy moment, every year.
3. Present collations
I like to give lots of little gifts alongside one main gift so I love hunting these down and putting together mini Christmas stockings for family and friends.
4. Decanting my fruit gins and vodka
I make fruit gin and vodka every September (see my post here) and after 12 weeks steeping, it’s time to decant it ready for gifts (and us) by around mid-December. The smell is amazing, even though I say so myself ☺
5. Chocolate
Christmas is always an excuse to eat my own body weight in chocolate, but I’m sure I’m not alone in this?
6. Fairy lights
You can never have too many, and Christmas is a great reason to buy even more.
7. Trip to see Santa with Flora
We only ever make one trip to see Santa. Flora’s seven now so I’m not sure how many more Christmases we’ve got before she stops believing. But I think multiple trips would break the magic sooner rather than later.
8. Snow
In my dreams, but you never know.
9. Stocking the Advent Calendar
We have a lovely felt Advent Calendar that the Christmas Fairy tops up with a single Terry’s Chocolate Orange segment in each slot every night after Flora’s bedtime. And it’s amazing how early she gets up during December now…

10. Decorating the tree with Flora
We decorate the tree together every year, it’s one of my favourite times in December. And I’m always very proud of myself for not rearranging her efforts after she’s gone to bed. #OCD #SpiritofChristmas.

What are the things that always say Christmas to you?


  1. Isabel
    December 11, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I love that happy felt advent calendar, and I do think if someone was leaving chocolate out for me I would probably get up pretty early too! Hey , I’m glad you got snow, your wish came true!

  2. December 12, 2017 / 9:28 am

    What a lovely post! We got the snow! xx

  3. December 12, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I haven’t had an advent calendar this year as it was packed away when we moved house 🙁 But we just decorated the tree yesterday and now I’m feeling very festive! Such a lovely post 🙂 xx

  4. Kirstiekins
    December 13, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    These are some wonderful ideas. I love the whole decanting thing – wish I had the patience for it. I recently went to this restaurant in Sydney and they had bacon-infused whiskey – I wasn’t brave enough to try it.
    I think for me, what makes Christmas for me is sending gifts to my friends all over the world – I seem to have collected a fair few friends that now live all over the place, so I make them all personalised parcels and post them out to their various locations. I usually start putting them together quite early, so I tend to start feeling the Christmas joy a lot earlier than everyone else.

  5. December 17, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I’m totally with you on the decorating the tree! It’s always a big event in my family, we all have specific, sentimental baubles that we have to individually hang. I also need you to get me some of this famous gin Lisa! Haha xx
    Beth x

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