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It’s been a busy day – now to relax!

Busy Day

I’m shattered. It’s been a busy day.
I spent the morning volunteering at the charity shop and the afternoon working on craft tutorials for a craft advent I’m doing on my blog. I have brain ache now because I’ve been at the computer for so long!
We’ve managed to get about 8 crafts done and I’ve got all the photographs resized and ready to upload. I’ve written up 6 of the tutorials but I need a break now!

While I was working, I put a Christmas movie on and let myself get excited because it’s only 4 and a bit weeks until Christmas! The husband and the son think it’s too early for me to be watching Christmas movies. To prove them wrong, I’ve watched 3 and a half of them today! We had to switch the 4th one off because the girls had to go for a bath and Kaycee didn’t want to miss it. She’s hooked on Christmas movies like me 🙂

Talking of Christmas movies, I treated myself to Holiday Inn on DVD yesterday from Sainsburys. It was only a fiver but I got it for free. I doubled up my Nectar points and used them in the Entertainment section.
I also got a new book to add to the Christmas Book Advent we do. I’m not telling which book I bought though; Kaycee has started reading my blog and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

busy day - Holiday Inn

I’ll have to get more crafts done tomorrow afternoon if I want to have all the tutorials written in time. For now, I need a break from the PC and I’m off to watch more TV with the husband. I don’t think we’ll be watching anything Christmassy though!

Christmas Movies

I’m crazy about Christmas, as you probably know by now, and one of the best things about the season for me is watching Christmas movies.
I start watching them in November when Movies 24 changes to Christmas 24, despite the super wonderful husband and eldest child commenting that it’s not even December and Christmas movies shouldn’t be watched until then!

Christmas 24 Movie Channel

I don’t agree, obviously, and was delighted when Panasonic, the people who make the wonderful looking Viera 4K TV, (Santa, if you’re reading this, I’ve been extra good all year, right?!) asked me to write about my favourite Christmas movies.
I’ve seen all the weekend premieres that air on Christmas 24 throughout November and December as well as some old favourites from our large Christmas movies DVD collection.

There are some movies I just have to watch every year, ones that transport me back to my own childhood Christmases and help me feel that special excitement only children feel!

Christmas Movies

On that note, I thought I’d share some of the ones I’ve enjoyed this year as well as my ‘must watch every year’ movies which includes my all time favourite movie, It’s A Wonderful Life 🙂

A prince from Europe meets a charming waitress when he travels to America during the Christmas holiday to escape an arranged marriage.


When newspaper staffer Susan sets out to write an article about her family’s much-storied heirloom Christmas angel, it leads her to accidentally meet Brady, a cute, upbeat artist who whisks the resistant Susan into a holiday-time friendship–and maybe more. But will the 100-year-old, hand-carved angel, whose legend includes the power to bring people together, prove a game-changer for the skeptical Susan as it moves her closer to Brady–and to a surprising truth about the ornament itself?

With two more weeks until Christmas, a busy businessman, Marc Rehnquist, hires a struggling artist, Anna Parisi to help him pick out gifts for his friends and family.

A small town girl who moved to New York to pursue her dreams returns home for the holidays, only to realize that maybe her dreams aren’t miles away, but right in her hometown.

My ‘must watch every year’ movies are:


An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus’ North Pole village. He realizes that any blasting at the second site will destroy his home. He enlists the aid of a woman and her children to convince her husband (who works for the company) that the first site is where the oil they want is. Along the way, Santa explains all his secrets in delivering presents all around the world.


The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

I watched It’s a Wonderful Life at the weekend while wrapping Christmas presents and sipping a glass of Bailey’s 🙂

I’ve got the girls home this weekend so we’ll be watching One Magic Christmas and The Night They Saved Christmas while wearing our pyjamas and snacking on the Christmas treat trolley goodies!
I might even treat myself to some of the Salted Caramel liqueur that my dad bought me. Well, it is Christmas, after all 🙂

What’s on your ‘must watch’ Christmas movies list?

Please note: This is a collaborative post

34 Days till Christmas

I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday watching Christmas movies upstairs and wrapping presents. Before wrapping could commence though, I had to do a stock check! It took me a couple of hours to gather all the gifts together, make a list of every item then update my excel sheet.
I feel so much better now it’s all organised again. It was worth doing because I discovered gifts for a niece that I’d forgotten I’d already bought and I’d got more on order for delivery on Wednesday.
That saved me some money!

The day started off Christmassy… I watched 2 movies in the morning, one was at 5am because I couldn’t sleep. It was called Twice upon a Christmas

and was a follow on from the movie I watched yesterday, called, unsurprisingly, Once upon a Christmas!

I watched A Christmas Kiss before Ant and I had lunch then I went upstairs while he went into work.

I took my laptop upstairs and used it to watch Christmas movies that we have stored on the server. I watched Kelsey Grammer in the musical version of A Christmas Carol. Well, I say watched, I mainly listened seeing as I was knee deep in presents/wrap/ribbon/tape etc!

After that, I watched A Christmas Romance starring Olivia Newton-John…..

followed by (and the last one for the day!) The 12 days of Christmas Eve.

I wrapped just under 50 gifts and still have more to wrap today. The good news is, I only need to buy about another 10 presents and I’ll be done…..before December even starts!
I do like this wonderful feeling of being totally organised as opposed to the brain scribbling incident I went through the other day.
I do need to crack on with making my Christmas cards though. I still have about 40 to make so that’ll be my task for Monday when the kids are at school.

I must admit to feeling very Christmassy and in a really good mood tonight! Mind you, after all those movies, it would be hard not to feel Christmassy!

I’ve just remembered that I should have made a fruit cake for Granddad’s birthday so the girls could decorate it when they get home. I’m going to have to make it first thing in the morning so it has time to cool.
I’m also going to make 2 more fruit cakes, one for Aiden’s scouts Christmas fair and one for the girls school Christmas fair.
I’ve ordered some decorations from Asda. They’re being delivered Wednesday which gives me plenty of time to decorate it before Saturday.
We haven’t had the date for the school Christmas fair yet but when we do, we’ve decided to make some ‘I’m melting, melting….‘ cookies as well as the Christmas cake 🙂

Now I’d best get some sleep in case I’m awake at 5am again!

Christmas Movies

Hot chocolate, a warm snuggly cardigan, fur lined slipper boots and a Christmas movie on the tv. These are my must have have items when settling down to wrap Christmas presents on a chilly November morning.

I must admit to being something of a Christmas movie addict and one day I plan to have every Christmas movie I’ve ever seen, on DVD. (I’ll be listening for Ant’s groan as he reads this!!)
For now I take my pick of Christmas movies that we have stored on the server or ones I’ve recorded on TiVo recently. Over the last couple of years I used the Virgin + to record every Christmas movie I could find then recorded them onto DVD and then onto the server.

I went through a phase about 3 winters ago, of waking up between 4-5am and not  being able to get back to sleep. I’d come downstairs, make a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle under the throw over on the sofa and watch a Christmas movie. Although I have no wish to be up at silly o’clock in the morning now, I must say I really enjoyed that quiet time before everyone woke up and the hustle and bustle of the morning routine began.

This morning, while waiting for some Christmas presents to be delivered, I watched The Christmas Gift starring John Denver.

I was sure I’d already seen it but I was very surprised to find it I hadn’t….Ant would probably say, once you’ve seen one Christmas movie, you’ve seen them all!

This basic story line of The Christmas Gift is….
man gets sent to town by big nasty development company
mans ends up liking town and falling love with pretty woman
woman gets angry because man lied
man + townspeople come together to win over the big developer
man and woman make up
everyone except big nasty developer lives happily ever after!

I enjoyed my relaxing morning and I’m off to check out the tv guide now to see what Christmas movies are on tomorrow 🙂

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