As cliché as it may sound, Christmas is all about family. Ok it’s still about the mince pies, Quality Street, Elf, presents and Christmas carols but family are ultimately the central idea. I have a pretty huge family and although we argue as to who gets each other drinks (the rules of Shotgun still apply in our 20s!) and almost have to shout to be heard (they’re a pretty loud bunch) spending time together is what Christmas, and all year round, is about. So I took it upon myself to host a pre-Christmas family dinner. As there’s almost 20 of us (grandparents downwards) it’s pretty difficult to all sit down and have dinner together as a family, but although we may have been a bit squashed, I insisted on having this candle lit Christmas dinner all together.
My favourite festive theme is gold and red, which is also the theme of my Christmas tree, Edgar (yes I have named my tree!), so the table runners were gold and the crackers red and gold. To give it that extra festive look, I placed holly down the centre of the table, which I may have stolen from my neighbour’s garden (but shhh) and added some candles for ambience. As a personal Christmas touch, each setting had a gingerbread biscuit which also doubled up as a Christmas tree ornament, which they could take home and hang on their own tree. However most of my cousins just devoured them before I even had a chance to explain this!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with family and friends!
Now if you hadn’t already guessed by my previous posts, Christmas is everything to me. During December (and November, October, oh and September) I get what is called Christmas brain, which means that all I think about is Christmas. I even start counting down again from Boxing Day. Anyway, I couldn’t let the season pass without filming a little festive lookbook, so I hope you enjoy it! Grab a hot chocolate, a mince pie (or two) and have a watch! Also, watch the video in HD please!
To say that I’m excited for Christmas would be an understatement. I’ve been humming Christmas carols since the fall of the first leaf and have Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat on my iPod.
London is a wonderful place to shop all year round. Trust me, I have enough experience! However, add the magic of Christmas and you will be lost in London’s festive shops for hours.Christmas shopping in London is one of my favourite festive activities to get me in the mood. It holds many childhood memories for me as every year my family and I used to head to Oxford Street to see the lights, the magical window displays, eat chestnuts which used to be sold at every corner of Oxford Street (why did this stop?!) and then end the day at every child’s dream, Hamleys.
So now, as soon as the lights are switched on, I head to all of my favourite spots to start the hunt for the perfect presents and check out London’s festive makeover. So, I’ve put together a guide and some tips on Christmas shopping in the capital.
First stop, Selfridges
The Christmas windows at Selfridges never disappoint. It’s worth a visit to Selfridges for their Christmas windows alone. Each window tells a story, one so beautifully done that you can seriously get lost in there for hours, until a group of tourists stand in front of the window for pictures that is. This year it’s extra magical, as the theme is classic fairy tales!
The department store itself is well prepared for the festive season, with even the beauty counters (hello Jo Malone!) stunningly decorated. The Christmas shop is on the top floor and this year the most impressive gift idea is the personalised Nutella jar from only £3.50. A perfect, fool proof present for anyone, unless you are buying for someone with a nut allergy, then it’s probably best to stay away!
Selfridges Christmas Shu-mazing factor – 8/10
As soon as you enter Liberty, you’re immediately greeted with mini Christmas trees, which I had to price myself away from buying! The Liberty Christmas shop should be your stop if you’re in need (or you just want) of some beautiful decorations for your tree and home. However, most ornaments are on the pricey side, it is Liberty after all! My top tip is to buy a few expensive baubles and show them off at the front of your tree and then buy cheaper, plastic ones from supermarkets as fillers for your tree.
Liberty Christmas Shu-mazing factor – 7/10
Harrods at Christmas should be renamed Christmas land. Harrods, in my opinion, has the most magical Christmas shop out of all three department stores, so much so that I think even Buddy the Elf would be impressed. They have the perfect mix of traditional toys and stunning ornaments and a completely separate section for Christmas home-ware. If you happen to be reading this Father Christmas, I’ll take one of everything thank you! I’m sure he reads blog no?
Harrods Christmas Shu-mazing factor – 9/10