Top 10 Songs For Your Christmas Playlist | Collaboration With Emma Blether

Today’s post is written in collaboration with Emma from emmablether.com. We have worked together for a few weeks to get our first Christmas post of the season written for you! We have compiled a very festive playlist that you can be listening to throughout the month. It’s been really difficult to only choose five favourite Christmas songs each but I am pretty confident in my final decisions! Let us know in the comments what would be at the top of your Christmas playlist. I hope you enjoy our collaboration and make sure to check out Emma’s blog and really pretty Instagram!

Erin’s Top Five

Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed The World) – Band Aid 

What can I say? This song features in the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special. It will always have a special place in my heart – not only because it features in my favourite sitcom but because it has such a lovely message. I sing my heart out at the ‘feed the world’ part! It’s a good song to put on your party playlist.

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Something about this song reminds me of my earlier Christmasses. When I was 8 or 9 my old school teacher used to play it in the classroom. It was a great time. 

Last Christmas – Wham!

This song is the anthem for Christmas! As soon as it comes around to December I’m immediately playing this on my CD player. Does anyone else own one or is it just me? I feel quite old-fashioned, even though I got mine only a few years ago!

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I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard

I don’t know about you, but in my primary school we had a Christmas ‘party day’ on the last day before we broke up. This song used to be played in assembly (oh sweet memories) and the reason I have it on the playlist is because of the nostalgia I attach to it. The years that I believed in Santa (which were in primary school) were the best Christmasses of my life! I would love to have that same old magic reignited.

Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Christmas playlists in the supermarket are always the best! This song is often included on that playlist. I love Elton John’s voice but also the lyrics signal the start of the Christmas season for me. The fast tempo makes me want to get up and dance – so I would also add this to your party playlist. You might even get your grandparents up on their feet!

Emma’s Top Five

Jingle Bell Rock – Crooners & Divas

Okay, so Jingle Bell Rock is one of my favourite Christmas songs because it gives me serious Mean Girl vibes. If you haven’t seen Mean Girls then you should definitely watch it! Though it isn’t a Christmas film, you could 100% watch it this holiday.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble

I love this song! It’s a slower Christmas song but I find it so calming and it reminds me of many happy Christmas memories.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd

This song reminds me of when I was younger and we would listen to so many Christmas songs on a CD while putting the Christmas tree up! (it’s become a bit of traditon now!)

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

It’s such a classic Christmas song! A really good one to get up and dance to.

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

Both Erin and I agree that this a hit Christmas song. For both of us it’s a song with childhood memories. I remember belting this out with my friends at a primary school Christmas party! (primary school parties were the best haha)

Thank you so much for reading our collaboration! It’s the first in many of this month from me. It’s been a real pleasure to work with Emma so I’d like to thank her so much, for fitting me in among all of her really important GCSE revision! Please wish her the best of luck for her mocks this month 😊
I hope that you have a really great December (especially now that you have an awesome playlist for it 😉)

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10 Things To Do In Autumn | Collaboration With Girl Online

Happy autumn everyone!

I’m pretty late to announce my top 10 things to do in autumn but Halloween is not yet upon us so you definitely have time to check these off your list! Today’s post I have written in conjunction with Girl Online. I was pretty excited to work with one of my most loved book characters. Though the real Penny Porter does not exist, Girl Online’s blog is just as good! Because she has only just started blogging I’m sure she would heavily appreciate your support. 

The first five things on this list are written by Girl Online and the last five are mine. I hope you do get a chance to do some of these things because they are really enjoyable! In late October some of my family friends come around and that’s always an opportunity to make pumpkin spice lattes or go and collect the beautiful autumn leaves. 

Apple Picking

Of course, you can’t not go apple picking during autumn. This time is when the trees leave us natural goodness……for free. On top of that, it’s a really exciting and time consuming thing to do. Once you have done it you will think: why have I never done this before? 

Go For a Hike + Have a Picnic

Honestly, my favourite outdoor memories would have to be hiking, especially in forests, full of cool, crispy air. It’s amazing and so satisfying. Plus, you get to run away from life for a few hours. After that, maybe on the same site, just set up a little picnic spot. You definitely cannot go alone.

Trust me, it’s not regrettable. I actually am going hiking later this week!

Collect Colourful Leaves + Listen To The Sound of Crunching Leaves

This is one of my favourites. It’s incredibly satisfying and beautiful to watch leaves falling. While you do this, you’re also going to be enjoying the cool autumn breeze. It’s also really healthy to go for an evening walk in autumn, so that’s definitely a to do.

Note from Erin: I went for a walk after school the other day. It was incredibly stress relieving and I managed to pick up a few conkers on the way!

Attend a Fall Festival

Getting together with family, friends and neighbours is one of the best things about autumn because you can attend, or even host a fall festival. This activity will bring so many people together and I can bet that everyone will have a great time – in so many different ways! You’ll have lots of happy memories to take back with you. 

Make Autumn Goodies

Everyone knows you can’t go through autumn without having some autumn treats, as I call them. You can make these at home with your family or friends.

Some ideas for autumn treats are: candy apples, caramel apples, all sorts of pies, pumpkin bread, cider doughnuts, and many more. 

Blackberry Picking

Early September is the perfect time for blackberry picking. Autumn is the time of foraging and you will always see an insane amount of conkers in my house. I recommend you go blackberry picking during the golden hour – it is a beautiful experience and such a lovely walk! Come back and bake yourself a lovely crumble, for autumn is the pie season! I have recipe for a blackberry and apple crumble on my blog here. 

Pumpkin Patch

I have never gone to a pumpkin patch but I would love to! When it comes closer to Halloween, it would be amazing to pick your own pumpkin to carve. Look for some pumpkin farms near you and go out with your friends! It may be an expensive ordeal but, from what I have heard, it is worth it. 

Chai Lattes

A great part of autumn is when the coffee shops start introducing their pumpkin spice lattes and gingerbread hot chocolates. However, you could have a go at home! I rarely go out for a coffee so my special treats are when I make them myself. Chai lattes are quite complex but well worth it. I always use Zoella’s recipe (which, for copyright reasons, I cannot share). 

Candles

The absence of candles in the summer only makes you more hungry for them by the time autumn comes around! I enjoy pumpkin or cinnamon scented candles for this time of year. Not only do they smell delicious, but they leave everything in the room with a spiced layer of scent. 

Attend A Local Fireworks Display

By the time we get to November, everyone is wrapped up in scarfs from head to toe! It’s so crazy how fast this year has gone, and we’re already back to autumn. November 5th is high time for celebration and I love going to a bonfire night in the closest village! Though bad for the environment, it is truly a wonder to see a firework display. I always go with my family and meet up with my closest friends.

Thank you all for reading! I hope that you leave your computer screens for a bit and go outside to appreciate the beauties autumn has to hold. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind season. 

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