Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without…


I wrote about why I effing love Christmas last year and my love for all things Christmas just gets bigger each year.

There are a few things that I think make Christmas extra special and I thought I’d share them with you. They are, in no particular order….

An advent calendar

smiggle advent calendar, christmas

Smiggle Advent Calendar

My mum deemed me too old for one of these many, many years ago but my sons love theirs.

Big L has a Smiggle one this year (thanks Smiggle!). Gone are the days of opening a paper door to reveal a picture of the Baby Jesus. These days you get a ruler, a slap band or pen among many other things that children love! He’s most impressed with it. I understand they sold out this year. These also smell lovely! Win! Win!

Christmas Crackers

Every year we have Christmas crackers. We are usually thrifty and buy them after Christmas for the following year and this year was no exception. We like to buy the “luxury” ones. They tend to have bigger hats and we are a family of large domes…

Come on, Christmas dinner isn’t the same without lame jokes and ripped hats

Christmas Candles

Yankee candles, festive, christmas

Festive Yankee Candles

Last year I gave in to the hype of Yankee Candles, believing that all candles were equal. Boy, was I wrong! And I’m glad I did. We got through three of the large jars last Christmas period, they were burning morning, noon and night.

I was gifted a set of 4 smaller jars this year and they don’t disappoint. My favourite is Icy Blue Spruce but they are all lovely. We live in an open plan house and the smell travels from the dining area up the stairs. 

Christmas Chocolates

Quality Street, christmas chocolate

Quality Street FTW!

Whether you are a Heros fan, a lover of Roses or are partial to Quality Street (like me) you HAVE to have a big tub or it just isn’t Christmas.

Matchmakers come somewhere on the list too… And Chocolate Brazils, possibly Toblerone…

For after dinner there is always good old After Eights.

Basically Christmas is about snuggling on the sofa, eating chocolates and watching Christmas movies


Christmas nuts

Festive nuts!

If they aren’t in their shells, are they even nuts? If you don’t get a blood blister trying to get into a brazil nut you haven’t lived. 

Every home should have a net full of nuts at Christmas.


You know, the ones with cheese you’ve never heard of and are never likely to eat. Apart from me, that is. I love cheese, especially if it’s blue and stinky!

Stick it on a cracker with some butter. A few tomatoes, grapes, a little tipple and I’m happy as a fat woman who loves cheese!

Christmas Cake

For years my Aunt made the family Christmas cakes, then she moved to Cyprus.

We bought one for the last few years but this year I made my very own using Me, Annie Bees Christmas Cake recipe.

I’ve been dutifully feeding it weekly with a (large) spoonful of Cointreau. I just need to cover it in marzipan and icing and use the original 80’s decorations I have and it’ll be good to go.

I will happily eat Christmas cake for breakfast! With a slice of cheddar. Nom nom!

A Christmas Eve Box

Check out this fab post from Country Heart and Home to see what they have in theirs.

So that is my list of must have things for Christmas in my house. What are yours?

*I was sent the Smiggle calendar and Yankee Candles free of charge for this guide. All opinions are my own.

If you enjoyed this post why not check out Kelly Allen’s Affordable Christmas Gifts for Dads, this fab gift guide from Yeah Lifestyle,  Just Average Jen’s fab post about the best gifts from decades past and What Mummy Thinks gift guide.



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