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10 Ideas On How To Give Back This Christmas

10 Ideas On How To Give Back This Christmas

In the midst of all the celebrations and stresses, it can be easy to forget about the wider community. If you’re wanting to help out, it can be hard to know what you can do, so today’s post is focused on giving you some ideas. Not all of these things cost money, as I know not everyone is in a financial position where that’s possible. Some are cheap or free ideas you can give back to the community.

Donate to a cause close to your heart.

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Is there a cause near to your heart? Perhaps you have personal experience of mental illness or a loved one who suffers/suffered from cancer. Donating a small (or larger amount) is an easy way to give back. Most donations can be done online and you can give as little or as much as you want.

Volunteer in a soup kitchen.

soup kitchen

Are there any churches or community centres near you that are hosting Christmas dinner? If you have time, volunteering is a way to give back that doesn’t cost any money. So many people use these resources over the festive period and I’m sure they’d be grateful to see a friendly face on what might be a very lonely day for them.

Give out care packages to the homeless.


Plenty of places organise giving out packs to the homeless. If you don’t have the time to go out yourself, you can also donate items (such as toiletries, blankets etc). For more information, you can visit this site here. 

Donate to a food bank.

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One thing we try to do every year is clear out our cupboards and donate any food we don’t want to a food bank. In the past, I’ve had to use one and I will be forever grateful for the work they do. If you have the funds there are also often food bank donation points in supermarkets.

Donate presents to children.

tree presents

Often, donation stories popping up in the run-up to Christmas. I know our town did one this year where they collected together toys and gifts for children in need. They the donated them so they at least have something to open on Christmas morning. For more information, The Salvation Army is a great place to start.

Keep the smaller, cheaper gifts from Santa.

santa workshop

This is something so simple but can have a huge impact. Instead of having the more expensive gifts from Santa have him bring a smaller, cheaper gift instead. Hopefully, it could be your child that might make another less fortunate child feel less alone.

Buy charity Christmas cards.

christmas cards with polar bear and northern lights with gold tinsel

Every year when I buy a pack of Christmas cards I try to buy a pack where some of the profits go to charity. It’s a small way to give back and something you’ll probably do anyway.

Shop with small businesses.

happy pills, little jar of courage with hanging decorations 'you matter' and 'hope'

This is another easy way to give back. I always try to buy my stocking fillers from sellers on Etsy. Also, if there are any independent shops where you live it’s worth looking in them too. The items are normally good quality and you’d be supporting a small business.

Thank the emergency services.

police car

Whilst people are enjoying their Christmas Day, many people who work in emergency services will be keeping us safe and healthy this Christmas. Just a simple thank you is a free way to give back. You can also drop in cards or chocolate if you want to go that extra step.

Visit a lonely neighbour.

Elderly man's hands resting on a walking stick

So many people will be spending Christmas alone and just popping in on someone can make all the difference. If you’d like more ideas on how to help someone who’s lonely you can check out my post here.

What other ways could someone give back this Christmas?


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Harry Potter Christmas Tag (Part 2!)

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Last year I created a Harry Potter Christmas tag and I had so much fun doing it (you can check that out here). This year I decided to create another one, except instead of not being able to choose Harry Potter books, this one is based completely around it!

I hope you have as much fun doing this as I had creating it!


  • Link back to me so I can read your answers!
  • Tag as many as people as you wish.


Where in Hogwarts would you spend the most time?

Definitely the library. I’d be so at home with all the books.

The family you’d love to spend Christmas with.

The Weasley’s 100%. They are my favourite ever fictional family and I would love to be a part of their festivities.

Characters you’d have a snowball fight with.

Fred and George. I can imagine them bombarding me with snowballs as I walk into Hogsmeade.

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A magical gift you’d love to find under the Christmas tree.

Invisibility cloak. I would love to stalk around Hogwarts and explore after hours (especially the restricted section!). Even better, I wouldn’t get caught!

A fantastic beast that would make the perfect reindeer.

Buckbeak the Hippogriff. I can imagine him flying around with Santa delivering presents to everyone in the castle.

Fictional character you’d think would make a perfect Santa.

I don’t think it could be anyone other than Hagrid. He’s just a big, cuddly giant who’d love nothing more than making everyone happy on Christmas morning.

Harry Potter Christmas

The character most likely to eat Santa’s treats left for him on Christmas Eve.

Ron Weasley. If eating all the chocolates laced with love potion is anything to go by, I’m sure he would have no trouble gobbling Santa’s treats.

What would your favourite character find in their stocking on Christmas Day?

My favourite character is Hermione, and I definitely think she would find new quills and books in her stocking.

The character most likely to drink too much.

Winky. I was going to say Professor Slughorn, but then I remembered about poor old Winky getting drunk in the kitchens so she seemed more likely.

Harry Potter lego

The character most likely to embarrass themselves at the Christmas party?

Neville. The poor old guy always seems to get himself into trouble in some way.

3 characters you’d bring back from the dead to share Christmas dinner with.

Dobby, Sirius and Dumbledore.

Character who’d go all out on their Christmas outfit.

Luna Lovegood. Remember what she was wearing when she attended Slughorn’s party with Harry?

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How To Deal With Anxious Thoughts Around Christmas

For many people, Christmas is a time for happiness and being together, but for others, it can be so terrifying it can cause an increase in symptoms. The anxiety around money, the thought of having to go to family gatherings or parties, the pressure to be happy, the thought of being alone, having people tell you ‘pull yourself together, it’s Christmas!’ can be very unhelpful and make symptoms worse.

I used to hate Christmas and everything to do with it. I would avoid even thinking about Christmas but when it’s everywhere you look it can be hard to do that. The pressure of knowing I had to see people when all I wanted to do was hide, knowing I had to seem happy and put together was almost too much to bear at times. But unfortunately, Mental illness doesn’t take days off – no matter what time of year it is, and having the right tools to get you through is so important. Below are some of my top tips to make things more bearable.

Be honest about your feelings.

This one can be hard if you have people who don’t understand or who are not supportive of your struggles, but if you do have family who understands then be honest. If something feels too difficult or scary, let people know, they might surprise you and you might be able to come up with something that feels easier so you don’t miss out.

Have a plan.

If you have to attend Christmas gatherings or parties, have a plan. Decide what time you’re leaving so you have something to aim towards. For example – ‘I can get through this, there are only x amounts of hours left and it’ll be over’. If you’re responsible for hosting parties or cooking Christmas dinner, have a step by step list or plan so you know exactly what you have to do, so you’ll less likely to become overwhelmed.

Make time for yourself.

Self-care is important – especially if you find this time of year more difficult. It’s important to make time for yourself and your needs, away from anything that stresses you out. It can be something as simple having a bath, feeding yourself and drinking water – anything that doesn’t feel like a chore to do.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

There’s already enough pressure from society and other people, so there’s no good piling on more. It’s ok if you can’t do something, it’s ok if you have to leave early or not go somewhere at all, no good comes from putting too much pressure on yourself. It’s okay to say no if you can’t manage something. I know one of the hardest things for me is saying no, but it’s important to have healthy boundaries and realistic expectations for yourself.

Distraction, distraction, distraction.

With Christmas everywhere, it’s hard to escape. However, whilst you always have some degree of control, in the comfort of your own space, you are in the most control. If watching Christmas films or adverts makes your anxious thoughts worse, turn Netflix on and watch something not related to Christmas, listen to music, read books, anything not related to Christmas. It can help to have that space where you can pretend it isn’t Christmas and just relax.

Know where to turn for support.

Sometimes, no matter how much you prepare or try out different ways to cope, you can become overwhelmed. Below, I have listed various organizations you can contact if you need extra support:

UK support.

  • Samaritans (Call 116 123, open 24 hours, 365 days a year, Email, jo@samaritans.org, response time within 24 hours a day). For more information visit their website here.
  • Shout (Text Shout to 85258, open 24/7). For more information visit their website here.
  • SANEline (Call 0300 304 7000, 4.30pm to 10.30pm every day). For more information visit their website here.

International support.

Other posts you might find helpful.

Do you have any more tips on dealing with anxiety at Christmas?

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Bargain Christmas Decorations Haul 2019

One of my favourite things to do every Christmas is look for new decorations. In 2018, we had recently moved into our new bungalow so we didn’t have a Christmas tree. This year we haven’t had to buy anything huge, so we had so much fun looking around for things to add to our collection (we are very enthusiastic about Christmas in this house!).

Our town has quite a few charity shops which we had fun looking around, and that’s where we got most of our new decorations. It’s great to find bargains but also give to charity too. I will obviously link to anything we didn’t get from charity shops in case anyone is interested!

This year we decided to theme our Christmas tree around Harry Potter. I’m a Ravenclaw and my best friend is Hufflepuff and we are huge Harry Potter fans so it only seems right we should do this theme. We couldn’t find Hufflepuff yellow, so we went with gold which has a similar effect, it was an absolute nightmare trying to find green and blue tinsel which I was very surprised about (especially green, like hello its Christmas!). Eventually, we found some in an independent shop in our town as surprisingly we couldn’t find it in any of the major retail shops.

We also found this set of 4 Harry Potter baubles in Primark. They have brilliant Harry Potter themed items all year round but especially at Christmas!

We found this in a charity shop for £3.99. I love how you can adjust the words to have it displayed in any way you like. The colours are perfect for Christmas.

This was another charity shop find (£2.50). We don’t burn tealights because we have 2 cats and a labrador with the waggiest tail! However, we have some electric tealights we put in and I think they look just as good.

Another tealight holder found in the same charity shop (also £2.50). I love the mice around the Christmas tree, they’re so cute!

This Santa ornament was another charity shop find. It cost around £2.99 and has been featuring in my opening Blogmas graphic.

I found this little fellow for £3 in Primark. I think he’s so cute so we had to add him to our Christmas decorations. There’s also a larger version (linked here) for £6.

Finally, we found this tree decoration in Asda (and it was only 50p too so even better!) I love this quote and I think you’re never too old to believe in the magic.

Do you add new decorations every Christmas or do you stick to what you already have?

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Ultimate Gift Guide For The Book Lover In Your Life

I’m here today with another gift guide – this time for the book lover in your life! It can be hard to think of ideas that aren’t books, so this guide is centered around things other than books. Of course a bookworm would love books (clue is in the title!), however, it can be hard to pick books they’ll enjoy or to know what books they already have. I hope you find the perfect gift!


Bookmarks are a book lover’s best friend. Nothing is worse than having nothing to mark your page, heaven forbid that someone might dog-ear a page! Bookmarks come in all shapes and sizes – woodmarks (like from Ink and Wonder), magnetic bookmarks, metal bookmarks, leather bookmarks, the choice is yours.

Bookish pins.

I for one love collecting book-related pins. It can be a good idea to think about what books they love to read and try to find pins based on them. For example, is your loved one a Harry Potter fan? – then these from Ink and Wonder are perfect.

Expecto Patronum pin.

Lumos pin.

Mischief Managed pin. 


Candles are a wonderful present for a bookish loved one. You can even find candles based on your loved one’s favourite book. Some great places to find bookish candles are;

A Court of Candles.

Bookish Burns.

Amelia Kitchen Candles.

Book sleeves.

Personally, my favourite bookish gift. I didn’t even know these were a thing until a few years ago when I received one in my Fairyloot subscription box. They are perfect for keeping books safe when out and about. They help protect from spillages, knocks, and creasing of covers/pages. They come in beautiful designs too! Here are some great places to find them;

Grumble Bums Crafts.

Artisanal Ane.

Reading journal.

Reading journals are perfect for the book lover in your life. It’s great having online sites like Goodreads to track books, but it’s nothing like having a journal to record your thoughts. This one is from Amazon and it includes a book log: with space for thoughts, as well as information like title, author, date read, stars given, etc.

Bookish mugs.

How about a bookish mug to sip their favourite drink whilst reading. Hot drinks go wonderfully well with reading so this is a great gift. You can get mugs with quotes, favourite book images or anything that looks cute! Here are some Etsy shops that do great bookish mugs;

The Story Gift.

Sweet Sequels.

TBR jar.


Lastly, if you’re on a budget or fancy being creative why not make them one of these TBR jars (you can check out my post on that here). It’s a really simple and fun gift that any book lover will love!

What other ideas could someone gift their bookish loved one?

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6 Christmas Stocking Fillers When You Have No Ideas

black board with words '6 stocking fillers when you have no ideas' with blue tinsel and santa ornament

I always used to struggle to buy stocking fillers, but the last few years I finally have it all figured out. I know that stocking fillers mean different things but I see them as anything that fits into a Christmas stocking. Part of our Christmas tradition is that me and my best friend both get each other a stocking full of small (and cheap!) gifts. I personally think it’s so fun to open little gifts and when you get to the bottom you have to feel around to make sure there’s nothing left. One year I missed a gift that was shoved right into the bottom and didn’t open it until the following year! If you’re stuck for ideas I got you covered. Here are 6 perfect ideas for just about anybody!

Fridge magnets.

You can never go wrong with a good old fridge magnet. I know our fridge is full of magnets that we’ve accumulated over the years: from days out, holidays, and gifts to one another. There are so many places to get them from and you can get just about anything on them (even personalised with photos or quotes). My favoruite places to find them are Etsy (Katie Abey has some wonderful ones), independent shops in my town, and card shops usually have some nice ones.


Again, you can get just about anything on a badge now. They are so fun to collect too. Some of my favoutire places to find them are Punky Pins and Ink and Wonder.


Who doesn’t love socks? It’s one of my favourite gifts to recieve and buy for people. I always end up buying way too many socks for people because there are so many cute ones out there. Primark is my favorutie place to get them from, but again you can find them most places.

Pocket mirrors.

This is always a handy thing to carry around so why not make it a stocking filler? I know I always wish I had one if I’ve left mine at home.

Lush lip scrub/perfume/body spray.

I love Lush and everything they sell. I especially love their lip scrubs because they work so well on dry lips and taste really good! My favourite one is the Sugar Plum Fairy  lip scrub, but they also have many other flavours including Bubblegum. 

Also, Lush also sell perfume. Although, a little more on the expensive side but perfect to fit in a stocking. They also sell solid perfume which is cheaper than the liquid perfume and works in a similar way.

Stickers/washi tape.

Do you have a friend/family member who loves planning? Or perhaps they just love stickers, then this is the perfect stocking filler for them. There are plenty of places to find them – The Works, Etsy and Whsmith.

Do you struggle to buy stocking fillers? Do you have any more ideas?

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42 Simple Writing Prompts To Stay Creative This Christmas

Today I’m going to be sharing 42 Christmas/winter writing prompts. It can be difficult to stay creative over the festive period when it can be busy, stressful and tiring, so I hope these prompts help you to write and be inspired! These are great to practice writing, spark a new story, or poem idea.

Wreath, snow, singing
Fire, darkness, family
Ice, singing, trees
Cabin, hail, cocoa
Baubles, reindeer, houses
Tinsel, sledge, husky 
Lights, elf, snowstorm
Owl, stars, gingerbread 
Sleigh, night, stag 
Snowman, bears, buttons

Cookies, friends, bells
Stocking, blankets, animals
Presents, music, church
Pudding, joy, moon
Journey, Scrooge, carrots 
Book, mistletoe, crackers
Food, sleigh, carols
Santa, dark, icicles  
Children, gift, tree
Snow, love, reindeer 

Sleigh, huskies, presents
Chocolate, Santa, ice
Turkey, dog, night
Carols, reindeer, mrs Claus 
Niffler, tinsel, snow
Wheelchair, Santa, chimney
Chimney, snow, party
Trifle, cabin, party
Elf, December, presents
Mistletoe, Santa, sleigh
Christmas Eve/24th, gingerbread, toys
Sun, snowman, Santa

Snowman, dog, toys
Boots, reindeer, tree
Bells, carols, tree
Hope, grinch, cabin
Lapland, blizzard, sleigh
Blizzard, Santa, mice
Baubles, elf, reindeer 
Zoo, gingerbread, snowman
Shelter (animal), Santa, hope
Blanket, fire, elf 

Let me know if you use any of these, I’d love to see what you come up with.
How do you stay creative at Christmas?
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Ultimate Mental Health Gift Guide For Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re looking for that perfect, special gift for a loved one having a tough time you’ve come to the right place. The gifts included in this guide are perfect for anyone struggling with their mental health – whether they have a mental illness or not. Anyone can be having a tough time and it can be hard to find ways to help them through it. You don’t have to wait for Christmas, but if you’re loved one doesn’t like being made a fuss of or you don’t want to seem overbearing, Christmas is the ideal time to show someone you care.

Self care items.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive. Some ideas include bath bombs, shower gels, body lotions, candles, face masks. Basically anything that makes someone feel good or taken care of. It’s important to take time out for yourself, look after you mental health and feel good in yourself.

Weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets have many benefits, and people suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses have found them useful. They can improve sleep, help with stress, and help someone feel safe when everything is crumbling around them.

Positive quote necklaces.

I recently purchased one of these for my best friend and she loved it. She even said it helps get her through in times of heightened anxiety or stress. It can give someone something to focus on, a quote to help them through or remind them of how far they’re come. I brought this one from PennyBlackDesigns on Etsy. They are beautifully made and also very affordable.

Positivity items.

One of the hardest things to do when you’re struggling is staying positive. It can be helpful for some people to receive little things to keep them going in times of need. There are so many places that sell positivity quote items in many forms – badges, fridge magnets, original artwork and so much more. One of my favourite places to shop for this kind of thing is Art Is My Therapy – it’s run by my friend Liv, who makes handmade items and sells her original artwork. She also sells pick me up boxes with a range of items to help someone through a tough time. I highly recommend her shop – you won’t be disappointed.

Make them a crisis box.

This is the perfect gift if you’re stuck for ideas. It’s great for letting someone know you care and it’s something they can use all year round. I did a full post on how to create your own here, if you need some ideas and inspiration.

Sensory items.

Sensory items are great because they give someone a way to ground themselves if they are suffering from dissociation/flashbacks, or to help anxiety when they are in stressful situations. Sensory items include but are not limited to squishies, candles, body/room sprays, slime or tangles.

What other things come to mind when you think of mental health gifts?

How To Make A Self Care/Crisis Box (Ideal Christmas Gift)

If you’re struggling to find a meaningful gift for your loved one this Christmas why not make them their own self care or crisis box? It’s the perfect gift for a loved one suffering from a mental illness, going through a rough time or anyone who might need a pick me up. Everyone needs self care to get through life, in whatever form that may be. You can even make this box for yourself, and it’s great for birthdays too.

A self care box is exactly like the title says – a box full of items to inspire looking after yourself. Self care tends to be seperated into 6 types; physical, emotional, practical, mental, social, and spiritual. When creating your box it’s ideal to look at the 6 types and try to find items that fit into them. However, many forms of self care are not item based (for example – taking a walk, seeing a therapist, or seeing a friend) so an idea might be to write lists (or find them on Pinterest and print them out) to put into your box so they’re ideal to refer to when you’re in need.

A crisis box is a collection of items to be used when someone is in a state of distress. This might be if someone has self harm urges, suicidal thoughts, or needs grounding from dissociation or flashbacks etc. Something to keep in mind when creating a crisis box is to make sure you don’t put anything in that could potentially be used to hurt yourself/your loved one with, for example – candles, sharp items etc.

Although, a self care and crisis box are quite similar they can be quite different. Self care tends to be to keep yourself well, for example – if you’re feeling deflated or low and need a pick me up. Crisis boxes are for use at crisis point, when trying to prevent yourself getting to a point where you do something to harm yourself.

This is by no means an exclusive list and is designed to give you ideas and get you started. You can add things or take things away. It’s a great gift and allows you to personalise it to what you/your loved one finds helpful or enjoys.


These are general items used to look after and appreciate yourself. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in life and forget to look after yourself. Small things can make all the difference.

Ideas text with baby pink heart

  • Hot chocolate/coffee sachets.
  • Tissues (it’s ok if you need to cry!)
  • Chocolate or your favourite snacks.
  • A card/letter to show them you’re thinking about them (if you gifting it to someone else) or one you’ve recieved in the past that makes you smile to look at (if its for yourself)
  • Mug
  • Face masks
  • Body lotions
  • A soft toy


Distraction items are great for both boxes. Whether you need distracting from urges, thoughts or memories, or want to do something you enjoy, it’s a great tool to busy your brain and focus on something positive.

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  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Colouring books
  • Craft sets
  • Knitting/crocheting (wool etc)
  • Notebooks
  • Art supplies
  • Planner supplies
  • Puzzle books (dot to dot, wordsearches, suduko, crosswords etc)


Grounding is useful for many different reasons – it’s mainly used during flashbacks and/or dissociation, and aims to ‘ground’ you back to the present moment. Often it uses the 5 senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing, (‘What can you see? What can you hear? etc).

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  • Vapour rub (for smell and touch)
  • Freeze spray/gel (for the cold on skin)
  • Squishies (touch)
  • Tangles (touch)
  • Sour sweets (taste)
  • Slime (touch)
  • Pictures of happy memories (sight)
  • Instrument (touch and hearing)
  • Favourite CD (do people even have CD’s anymore?!)/calming music (hearing)

Useful books/items.

There are a variety of useful things you could pop in the box such as books on mindfulness, happy/gratitude journals and books containing bright positive or inspirational quotes. You can also get bands that have quotes on them such as ‘you matter’ or ‘keep fighting’ etc which can be useful to wear on your wrist to remind the person of how far they’ve come/that they’re ok etc.

The three wristbands in the picture are from Stickman Communications, they’re useful to wear either as a visual reminder for yourself that you’re struggling (and so to be extra kind to yourself), or doing good. Or to let other people know how you feel (such as people you see regularly or live with) so they’re aware of how you’re feeling without you having to explain it – we all know how difficult that can be.

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  • Mindfulness books
  • Happy/gratitude journals
  • Books with colourful positive/inspirational quotes
  • Wrists bands with meaningful quotes on
  • Notebooks/pens

Remember this isn’t an exclusive list and things can be added or took away, it’s really up to you! Just have fun putting it together for yourself or someone else. 

Have you got any other ideas of what someone can put into a self care or crisis box?

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8 Fantastic Blogmas Posts I’ve Loved This Year

Welcome to Blogmas day 26. I hope you are all having a wonderful, safe Boxing Day so far! In today’s post I’m going to be sharing 8 of my favourite Blogmas posts I’ve read this year! I hope you’ll enjoy this posts as much as I did, and you should check out their blogs if you haven’t already…

The Perfect $5 DIY Friendship Gift by And Liv Loves.

Liv puts together this post on how to create a $5 gift for your friends. I thought it was great because not everyone can afford to spend a lot at Christmas, and I thought the ideas on what to include added a real personal and thoughtful touch.

10 Perfect Gifts For A Book Lover by A Teenage Blog.

I love gift guides – especially when they’re for book lovers. I love this post because it included some great ideas on what to buy a book lover other than books. Books are great, and my favourites things to receive, however unless they’ve asked for a certain book it can be difficult to know what they’ve read or what they already own!

Why and How I Write Negative Reviews by Books In The Skye.

I for one struggle to write negative reviews. I worry about critiquing something someone has worked so hard on. However, this post talked about why negative reviews should be written and how to do so. It’s helped me realise negative reviews are needed. Not everything can be positive!

A Christmas Letter To My One Day Baby by Peonies & Baldies.

This beautifully written letter touched my heart. I appreciated her honestly on such a sensitive and personal subject.

Poem – The Festive Bookshelf by Stephen Writes.

I love poetry – it’s one of my favourite things to write and I love reading other people’s poems. I love this one which combines two of my favourite things – books and Christmas!

How To Relax This Holiday Season by Ashley Legacy.

Christmas is a stressful time and it’s hard to find time to relax, especially when you have a lot of friends or family coming over around the festive period. Ashley talks about how to find the time to relax and provides some great tips on ways you can relax.

My Favourite Christmas Decorations by Weesi’s World.

I love Christmas decorations, and I loved seeing Denise’s. I find it so interesting to hear about where people’s decorations come from and if there’s a meaning attached. I’d love to do something like this on my blog next year!

Christmas Light Switch On by The Chronicles Of Cee.

Last but not least is a post by my dear friend Channie! I find it so interesting to see what other places put on for their Christmas light switch on, and I loved seeing all the pictures of the switch on in Leicester!

What are you favourite Blogmas posts this year?