My 12 things of christmas

It's no secret. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! So it seemed only fitting that I share my 12 favourite things about Christmas (in no particular order) 

No 1: Being with family. This is a big one for me, Christmas has always been about family, and lots of it. I can't imagine doing it without them. It's dwindled off over time as people have moved away and have had other commitments, but that idea of spending Christmas together is buried so deep within me, I wouldn't want to spend it any other way than sitting around the table with my best friends.

No 2: Reading by Christmas Tree lights. Magical.

No 3: Decorating. Best thing ever! I know I'm sounding like a broken record but this is just the one thing I look forward to every year. I love to go pick out a tree, haul out the decorations buried beneath a years worth of crap and just go nuts! I have to admit I have a hard time putting things away and one year they will just stay up all year! 

No 4: Watching Christmas Movies. I would watch them all year if I could (and sometimes I do!) One of my favourite ever films is a Christmas film and this year my mum made it extra special by taking me to see 'It's A Wonderful Life' at the Cornerhouse Theater in Manchester. It was simply amazing. To see that film on the big screen like they would of back in the day was like a dream come true. It was beautiful and it was like watching it for the first time again. I can't wait till next year, were going to make in into a tradition!

No 5: Getting snuggly by the fire. This is more of a dream I have than an actual thing we do. I don't have an open fire but I would love one in my house and then I can spend cold winter nights wrapped in a blanket sipping hot chocolate reading or watching Christmas movies. That would be my Christmas wish.

No 6: Giving presents. I cant wait to give my presents away! Especially when I know that the receiver will be so great-full. The look on their face is all I need to make my Christmas perfect.

No 7: Shopping on Christmas Eve. I know most people hate hate hate this. But I love it. I love to go into town and stroll around seeing if I can snap up a few last minute gifts and watch the last minute shoppers run frantically from store to store. I love the feeling in the air on Christmas Eve. Excitement and butterflies in your belly! 

No 8: The smell of pine needles. I like to stick my face in the tree when no one is looking and take a deep breath. Heaven.

No 9: Cooking and Baking. Baking is a must at Christmas. Cookies, gingerbread, cake, you name it! Unfortunately I've been so busy at work this year I've not had much time to bake but today I finish early and I plan to bake my night away and then eat all the yummy treats!

No 10: Walking in the woods. I do love a good winter stroll. We used to go up to my Grandparents and walk through the hills at Christmas and some of those memories are the happiest I have. The whole family together, bundled in layer upon layer of clothing, hats and gloves, sledging down the snowy slopes, Snow ball fights, tracking rabbit footprints in the snow.

No 11 & 12: The first frost/Seeing my breath. Waking up in the morning and looking out your window to see all the cars and roofs glistening in the sunshine. Magical. It's like the world has been covered in diamonds and the world shines for all to see. I cant even begin to describe that feeling I get when I see that sight. I feel like the world is holding its breath, waiting for me to take mine...

....and then I do and it puffs up in front of me and dances away, and then I can hear everything, even the frost has a sound, and I love it!


By Christmas tree light

Last week I decorated my mothers Christmas tree!! Anyone who knows me, knows that this is something I love to do. The last few years, I've been busy when the trees have gone up and Dad and Sarah aren't even having a tree this year! So I pretty much begged my mum to let me help pick out and decorate hers. And that I did. In fact, I did everything while Mum and Matt sat and watched. I had so much fun! And the tree looks awesome if I do say so myself. I can't wait to have my own house and my own tree and my own cozy little Christmas :)


Currently and 31 Day Blog Challenge Fail!

Haha! As everything I seem to do (I should really work on this) I kinda failed miserably at the whole 31 Day Blog Challenge. I can't believe I only got to day 12! I was really looking forward to going all the way and completing the whole thing, but alas, it was not bent to be. To be honest I got bored half way through and why do something if your not enjoying yourself?! I do really want to do some of the days though, but I think I will just do them as individual posts in the New Year. It will give me something to blog about when life's running a little slow. There are two though that will be perfect for this time of year so look out for 'The Best Thing To Happen This Year' and 'What Are You Looking Forward To' posts! ANYWAY...on wards with the Currently post!

Loving: Tim. Soppy I know! And 12 year old me is looking at me like I'm crazy, but I really do love that boy. These past few weeks have been really hard and all I have had from him is just unconditional love and kindness. Some times I want to poke him just to see if he's real.

Thinking about: A very important thing that is happening on Friday that I'm not going to tell you about just yet but it is very very exciting!!

Anticipating: The Hobbit!! I CANT WAIT! Me and my dad are going to the midnight showing at the IMAX in Liverpool this week, and I'm really excited! ALSO!! That same night, when we drive back in the middle of the night, there will be a massive meteor show, so were going to take a flask of hot chocolate some cake and go sit on the beach and watch the shooting stars. Let me tell you, that night will be awesome!

Listening to: Mumford and Sons. I just love love them! their new album is great and I listen to it every morning on my way to work :) It's just such a beautiful sound in my ears.

Eating: Very very unhealthily. One of my 13 Things For 2013 is 'Be Healthier' so I think im just trying to cram as much junk and crap into my face hole as I can before my healthy living starts. I know that's not how its supposed to work but it's nearly Christmas so I'm allowed....right?

Wishing: That I had my own house to decorate for Christmas. This is something that I want so badly. I keep seeing couples buying Christmas tree's together, and people decorating houses and it makes me so jealous! I just can't wait for that first Christmas when I do eventually have a house, it will be magical!


If Your Going Through Hell, Keep Going

Hey everyone. I'm sorry for my long absence, and I know I said I'd be back after my last little stint away, but life has been getting in the way. I was thinking today about posting as usual again and not even mentioning the things that have been going on, but that wouldn't be real. I want to look back on this space and remember everything, the good and the bad, so why would I leave out certain things? I was going to do a few different posts too but I think I'll just get it all out it one and then move on. And who knows, it might help someone else to talk about my troubles. So yeh, the last few weeks have been pretty awful. Don't get me wrong, some great things have happened too, but the over all feeling as been bleak and gray.

There's really no easy way to say whats happened so I'll just say it. My dads wife Sarah had a miscarriage. It was horrible. For those of you who have been following for a while will know that last year my dad has cancer and we were unsure whether he would be able have children again, so Sarah getting pregnant was a miracle. And how we loved the little baby, and my heart breaks to know that we will never meet him/her. She found out really early on that she was pregnant, which in my opinion, wasn't a good thing. She wasn't past the safe point when people started finding out, and it just made it all the more difficult for everyone to have to tell people what happened. It has been so hard on the family the last few weeks, non of us have known what to do or what to say, and I haven't handled it very well at all. I've found every excuse to get out the house and just kept quiet hoping no one will ask questions, kept busy not letting myself think about it at all. I'm not good with these situations. And this was about as worse as it goes. I think were finally getting there, back to normal. And every day I can see Sarah getting a little more happier, all though I know that she will never forget what she lost, and neither will dad and I. But life goes on.

And life did indeed go on, right on into a car crash. Everyone is fine and no one was hurt (thank God) but what a week! I can tell you know though, we are counting our blessings and it was a bit of a wake up call for our moping around the house. Dad was on the way to pick me up from school and a car ran a junction straight into the side of dad. Both cars were written off, but apart from a few bruised ribs and stiff neck, no one was hurt. These past two weeks have just been one thing after another and I am counting down the days till the New Year. New beginnings and all that, I think I need one after the end of this year!

Other things that have been happening....I cooked a lovely dinner for the family, I've nearly finished my Christmas Shopping, I've been plotting and scheming with a work friend about a very very exciting idea that we are meeting to discus this Friday so keep your eyes peeled on the blog this weekend eeeeeek! I decorated the Christmas Tree and I went to my best friends engagement party which was just fantastic!

So this month has been one crazy emotional ride, and one that I hope never happens again. I don't want my family to have to go through that again ever, but I have learnt a lot from everything. The blessings come in the most unlikely of places, that every moment with your loved ones is special and you should never take them for granted, that the people who love you will let you know through their actions not just their words, and that God will always be there waiting for you to lean on him, and he will never let you fall.