Because you won’t let us down…
Christmas is all about money these days. Before we begin I’d like to mention that I’m not a Christian – more of an atheist – though I still think that it is important to remember the reason for the season. Most of you will have done the Nativity plays when you were in primary school. It’s really important to educate people, especially young children, as to why some nations celebrate this occasion. Supposedly, this time 2019 years ago, Jesus was born. You might not believe in Him as a miracle maker (neither do I). What you must understand, however, is that He is a symbol for hope. That is why Christian nations believe Christmas a time of community. It’s not about celebrating the birth of a baby, but to celebrate the birth of hope. Everybody should be welcome at Christmas. That’s why schools support charities such as Save The Children, because some kids won’t be getting presents this year, or a warm fire to sit by. I can’t bear seeing the commercialisation of a season that is meant to be interpreted as a time where money shouldn’t matter – and everyone is equal.
Don’t get me wrong, I love making Christmas content for you. I’d just like everyone to take a step back and remember why we celebrate this occasion in the first place 🙂
Christmas is the most wasteful season in the year but making a small change will make a huge difference. Listed in this post are some good habits that you can try to implement. They will help to reduce your waste in this time of climate crisis but they also won’t be noticeable in your day-to-day life!
Use brown paper to wrap your presents
The commercial wrapping paper is made from non-recyclable materials such as plastic among other things. It is really hard to recycle and often goes straight to landfill. To avoid this you can use brown paper! I much prefer the aesthetic of brown paper anyways because it adds a rustic effect and it can be personalised! You can draw and decorate it if you have time (which congratulations if you do)
Carefully unwrap presents so that you can reuse the wrapping paper
If the brown paper doesn’t work for you (I know that as a child I wouldn’t be best pleased with plain brown!) then you can always reuse paper from previous years. Our family has a small stash of wrapping paper that has already been used once.
Don’t send cards with glitter on them
I didn’t realise how many cards have glitter on them! If you put into action any of these tips then please make it this one. Glitter is non-biodegradable which means that the whole card won’t be able to be recycled. At the rate trees are being cut down it’s essential that we decrease the demand for paper buy recycling what we already have!
Don’t send cards to people you barely know
Linking to the previous advice – don’t send cards to people you barely know! If I was to receive a card from my great-uncle’s girlfriend’s son I wouldn’t really care about it. Only send cards to people you know and if they are close family then make it! It’s so special to receive a card that you know someone had spent time making. No big, fancy card can beat it!
Shop locally/at independent stores
Knowing where your presents come from adds a reassurance that you don’t get when you buy at retail parks. Supporting your local economy is a really important investment and will return is different forms such better public services and more books in the library!
It’s really important to reduce waste at Christmas but the season is already stressful enough. I hope that these tips are easily achievable and don’t add any weight on your shoulders! Sometimes I can sit down and feel peaceful though throughout most of the week it’s a rush of school, theatre, blogging, social events, cooking, cleaning and the anticipation of the weekend. There is clarity but there isn’t much relaxation!
How are you going to spend Christmas? Do you find that the effort you go to pre-Christmas is ever rewarded?
Another ten songs for your Christmas playlist, brought to you by the lovely Yoga Girl! Yoga Girl and I know each other outside of blogging so it’s been fun to work with someone in person instead of over email. She plays a few instruments, including her beautiful voice, so you can trust that this playlist has been put together with musical expertise 🙂 After reading this post it would be great if you could check out her blog which is centred around her hobbies of yoga, books and poetry. If you would like to listen to this playlist I have made a Spotify playlist for you: https://open.spotify.com/
Hello it’s Yoga Girl!
It’s nearly Christmas so I thought it just about time to get those Christmas tunes on. I am Christmas lover and if you are too then I hope that this post will get you in the Christmassy mood 🎅
1) It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
What’s Christmas without a bit of Michael Bublé?
2) Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
This is one of the few songs I know in BSL (British Sign Language)
3) Silent Night – Celtic Women
This song really reminds me of going to church and church is a huge part of Christmas for me!
4) Rocking Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
This song could get me in the Christmas mood at any time in the year.
5) I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Such a classic Christmas number. This old style really brings me back in time.
6) Jingle Bells – Bing Crosby
7) Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Not usually one for modern songs but this one is fun and makes me smile.
8) Let It Snow – Dean Martin
I wish it would snow in England 😂
9) 12 Days Of Christmas – Straight No Chaser
Love this song to bits and miming it can be a great laugh!😂
10) Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
All I can say is – Mean Girls!
Thank you so much for reading today’s post. It’s such a shame that there’s only three weeks leading up to Christmas because I have so many content ideas for you!
Do you have a Christmas playlist? Are any of these songs on there?
Stockings are the highlight of Christmas. Even if you’re not leaving it at the end of someone’s bed, it’s a great gift idea for Secret Santa too! I much prefer receiving a few little presents than one big one. Today I’m sharing with you five stocking filler ideas that will cost you less than £10!
Who doesn’t like a good candle? Burning candles at this time of year makes an atmosphere seem instantly more cosy. You don’t have to spend a great amount of money either. Home Bargains have some great deals on candles at the moment. Though their range isn’t as broad as Yankee Candle, the options they do have smell gorgeous! I bought my mum an Apple & Cinnamon candle that burns for up to 95 hours! It cost only £2.99 which I think is a good deal.
Not only is baking a fun activity, it can also serve as a present! My brother really loves Mint Chocolate so I’m going to make him some peppermint creams and mint-choc-chip cookies then wrap them up in a cute little tin. It can be really personable! It’s a good last minute gift too – you’ll want to be baking them on Christmas Eve so that they’re nice and fresh for the day ahead.
Though Christmas is a social time of year, it’s also important to be taking care of yourself as well! Baths can be really relaxing and bath bombs make it feel extra special. You can buy high-quality bath bombs from Wilko for just £1 each! If you want to spend a little bit more, however, Lush is a perfect shop to go to. They have really festive bath bombs that are plastic-free 😁
What is Christmas without socks? Socks are a great stocking-filler because they’re relatively cheap and there’s lots of variation. You can get some with a joke on (for your friend) or some really nice fluffy ones (for your Grandma 😂) The options are endless which makes it a universal present!
There is not a single person I know that doesn’t have a use for stationary. 8 year old girls dream for it (I was definitely one of those), people doing their exams need it, and the older generations are always looking for a pen to use! Getting a nice notebook and pen can easily cost less than £5. Sainsbury’s and Wilko have lovely selections – it looks just as good as Paperchase. Christmas is conveniently at the end of the year so you could also buy a 2020 planner for those people you know aren’t too organised.
Thank you for reading today’s post! There are definitely a lot more things than I have mentioned so stay tuned if you’d like to see a part two. I’m really excited for Christmas – especially now that I know what I am buying for who!
Do you plan what you’re buying for who – or leave it to the last minute?